The harvest is happening, and local orchardists are more than ready to provide you with all the fruit you need for canning, baking, or fresh eating.
Four events celebrating fruit are on the horizon in Hood River County. Visit hoodriverfruitloop.com or hoodriver.org (Hood River Chamber of Commerce) for details, but here are the basics.
All along the Fruit Loop are restaurants, breweries, wineries, cideries and other businesses with plenty to offer for picnic and gift selections.
Pear Celebration, Sept. 20-21, Hood River County Fruit Loop
The Hood River Valley is famous throughout the world for wonderful pears. The Hood River County Fruit Loop Pear Celebration is the Fruit Loop’s homage to them.
At least 18 different varieties of fresh pears are available at farms along the Fruit Loop, along with pear wines, live music, artisan foods, pear desserts, barbecue, lavender and products, baby alpacas, and other attractions. It’s a perfect time of year to tour the Fruit Loop, to enjoy the fall harvest, have a picnic at one of the farm picnic areas, and enjoy the season and its bounty. Complete information at www.hoodriverfruitloop.com, or call 541-386-7697.
Hood River Harvest Festival, Oct. 17-19, Hood River Chamber of Commerce
Orchardists as well as food and arts and crafts vendors fill the Event Site at the Hood River Waterfront.
Heirloom Apple Celebration, Oct. 25-26, Hood River County Fruit Loop
The Hood River County Fruit Loop’s Heirloom Apple Celebration honors the “heirloom” or “classic” apples that have all but disappeared from commercial orchards producing large volumes of fruit that must store and travel well. Apple varieties must have existed 100 or more years to be considered heirlooms.
Discover the wide range of flavors, colors, shapes and textures of more than 20 kinds of heirloom apples. Enjoy fresh-pressed apple cider, hard apple cider, apple cider donuts, desserts made with apples or cider, and much more. It’s a terrific time to tour the Fruit Loop. Information can be found at www.hoodriverfruitloop.com, or by calling 541-386-7697.
Eat Dessert First pie contest, Oct. 4, downtown in front of Shortt Supply
The contest is back after a six-year hiatus. Fruit dessert bakers will vie for cash prizes in this benefit for Helping Hands Against Violence, the 24-hour women’s domestic violence shelter and resource program. Look for more details in upcoming editions.