As of Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Hood River’s two newest cideries will be among those pouring Saturday at the third annual Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest in Odell.
Slopeswell Cider Co., located on the Heights, will bring its fresh wares along with Crush Cider Café, located on Wasco Avenue. Crush opened in June 2015, while Slopeswell began serving its cider last month.
Crush, with its “Mutt” and Slopeswell, with its “Scrumpy,” are just two the more than 20 cideries from around the Pacific Northwest bringing imaginatively named ciders made from apples, pears, cherries, and other fruit, many of them imbued with the unofficial vegetable of Oregon, hops.
All told, look for more than 40 ciders on tap.
To accompany the ciders, Hard Pressed festival-goers can dig into offerings from the area’s vibrant food scene, including Apple Valley BBQ, Leah’s Lunch, and Solstice Wood Fire Café. The daylong event also features a lineup of local music, from an old-time string band to honky-tonk country and rock, and a kids’ area, complete with a bouncy house.
Look for these cideries at the Cider Fest
2 Towns Ciderhouse — Corvallis
Apple Outlaw — Applegate, Ore.
Atlas Hard Cider Co. — Bend
Crush Cider Café — Hood River
Finnriver Farm & Cidery — Chimacum, Wash.
HR Ciderworks — Hood River
Jester & Judge — Stevenson
Portland Cider Co. — Oregon City
Fox-Tail Cider — Hood River
Neigel Vintners Cider — East Wenatchee
Rack & Cloth — Mosier
Red Tank Cider — Bend
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider — Portland
Rogue Cider — Newport
Schilling Cider — Auburn, Wash.
Slopeswell Cider Co. — Hood River
Swift Cider — Portland
The Gorge White House — Hood River
Tieton Cider Works — Yakima
Wandering Aengus Ciderworks — Salem
Location: 3315 Stadelman Drive, Odell (take Highway 35 to the Odell Highway junction and turn right; look for parking volunteers to point you to your spot).
Tickets: $10 — Full event pass (includes entry into Cider Fest, entry into 21-and-over Cider Garden, four (3.5-ounce) taste tokens, and commemorative glass; $5 entry only (does not include commemorative glass and tokens). Pets are not allowed.
Noon-1:15 p.m. — Junebug Boys
1:45-3:00 p.m. — Anderson Gould Trio
3:30-4:45 p.m. — Tracy Klas Band
5:15-6:45 p.m. — Wasco Bros.
Free with admission.