Ciderfest 2018 happens on October 6, and comprises a multitude of events and activities. Here’s your guide to getting it all in:

VIFC Cider Pressing

What: The Fruit Club will be pressing 4000-5000 lbs of apples! We’ll also have a kiddie press, and offer apple crisp, and cups of hot mulled cider.
Where: Vashon Village (in front of the Lodges/across from the Library)
When: 10 am – 4 pm
How Much: Get a half gallon of fresh apple cider for $5! Homemade apple crisp slices will be available for $2, and cups of hot mulled cider for $1.

apple questionName that Apple

What: Have a favorite apple tree, and wish you knew the variety? Pomologist and Vashon Island Fruit Club (VIFC) founder Dr. Bob Norton, will be on hand to help you identify your mystery apples and pears. Bring several unwashed samples, and as much information as you can possibly provide from this questionnaire. The more information you bring with your fruit samples, the better your chances of unraveling the mystery.
Where: Farmer’s Market at the Village Green
When: 10am – 2pm
How Much: Free!

Order Your Next Apple Tree

What: VIFC orchard manager, Emily MacRae, will be at the farmer’s market taking orders for your next fruit tree. Choose from dozens of varieties of apple trees on a range of root stocks. You can pick up your selection for planting out in your budding orchard, in November or in the spring.
Where: Farmer’s Market at the Village Green (ALSO available at the VIFC Information booth at Vashon Village, 10am – 4pm)
When: 10am – 2pm
How Much: Trees are $15 each for VIFC members, or $18 for non-members.

Hard Cider* Tasting

What: The following producers will be pouring samples of their ciders: Dragon’s Head Cider, Nashi Orchards, Vashon Winery (Irvine’s Vintage Cider), Whitewood (from Olympia), Alpenfire (from Port Townsend), Snowdrift (from East Wenatchee), and Liberty Ciderworks (from Spokane). All of these cider producers either grow their own apples or have a direct connection with the orchardists from whom they purchase fruit, as guided by the VIGA (Vashon Island Growers’ Association) mission. There will also be live music by Fendershine and Some’tet.

Additionally, Nashi Orchards and Dragon’s Head Cider will both be offering orchard tours at their cidery locations at 11am.

Where: The Lodges on Vashon
When: 2-6pm
How Much: Entrance is $15 and includes a CiderFest tasting glass, and 5 tickets for tasting the various ciders. Pink Tractor Farm will be offering food for purchase.
*This is an age 21+ event.

Press Your Own Apples

What: Bring your own Apples (not picked up from the ground) and use the VIGA Cider Press to make your own fresh Cider. VIGA will provide containers and experts on hand to show you what to do.
Where: Village Green
When: Saturday Farmer’s Market 10 AM to 2 PM
How Much: Free, but donations are accepted.

Pumpkin Patch

What: Find your way through the maze, and get ready for the season by picking up all your pumpkins. Pumpkins and gourds will be available for sale by VIGA growers.

Also, don’t miss your photo-op with the vintage tractors near the pumpkin patch, courtesy of Rob Wheeler.

Where: Vashon Village (in front of the Lodges/across from the Library)
When: 10 am – 4 pm

Sound Home Brew Supply booth

What: For you DIY brewers, Sound Home Brew Supply’s owner, John Smith will be on hand selling home-brew supplies for hard cider, wine, beer and spirits.
Where: Vashon Village (in front of the Lodges/across from the Library)
When: 10 am – 4 pm