Pressing Matters: Cider Fest returns April 16 in Odell

Cider Fest returns to Odell this weekend.

Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
Cider Fest returns to Odell this weekend.

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.

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