Returning for its eighth year to Portland, Cider Summit PDX has announced the complete cider lineup for its cider festival that takes place from June 29-30, 2018. The region’s largest cider festival will take place in the comfortable setting of The Fields Park in Portland’s Pearl District. Hours are 3:00-8:00pm on Friday, June 29th and Noon-5:00pm on Saturday, June 30th.
For the 8th annual Cider Summit PDX, the event will bring in 209 hard ciders from 62 producers, including more than 100 ciders from Oregon, and 75 percent from the Northwest. Then to keep the festival fresh, half of the ciders have never been poured at Cider Summit PDX. Cideries at the fest will hail from the states of Oregon, Washington, California, New Hampshire, and New York along with imports from Canada, England, France, and Spain.
One of the highlights of Cider Summit PDX over the past few years has been the Oregon Fruit Products Fruit Cider Challenge. Now in its fourth year, the Fruit Cider Challenge features pilot batch fruit ciders using Oregon Fruit Products puree, with the optional use of Enartis oak chips. Cider Summit attendees vote for their favorite Fruit Cider Challenge entry via text, and the winners are announced at the conclusion of the event on Saturday.
General admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass and 12 tasting tickets and cost $30 if purchased by 11pm on June 28; or $35 at the gate. VIP tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, 16 tasting tickets, and one hour early admission on opening day and cost $40 if purchased by 11pm on June 28; VIP quantities are limited and are not available at the gate. Event tickets may be purchased at http://www.cidersummit.com. All tickets allow re-entry on Friday and Saturday with an attached wristband and the current year’s tasting glass.
Designated driver tickets are available for $5 and include a bottle of water; DD tickets are only available at the gate. Minors are not allowed at the festival.
Here’s a rundown on all of the craft ciders that will be poured at The Fields Park during the 2018 Cider Summit PDX on from June 29-30.
The festival presents live music, produced in conjunction with the Cascade Blues Association, that features several of Portland’s legendary artists.
Friday, June 29
3:15pm Robbie Laws & Ed Neuman
4:45pm Ty Curtis Duo
6:00pm Lloyd Jones
Saturday, June 30
12:30pm Norman Sylvester
1:45pm Ellen Whyte Trio
3:15pm Lisa Mann Band
Cider Summit PDX also features a variety of food offerings from Green Zebra Grocery, Dano’s Dogs, Full Moon Crepes, Blue Star Donuts, Cypress Grove Cheese, and more. There is also a Dog Lounge hosted by DoveLewis and Portland Pet Food Company along with an on-site store featuring festival merchandise and select bottles to go from participating cidermakers.
For more information, visit CiderSummit.com and follow @CiderSummit on social media, hashtag #CiderSummitPDX.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.