Cider Summit Portland held its 5th Anniversary cider sampling extravaganza at Fields Neighborhood Park on June 19-20. Over 3,000 people joined the festivities this year. My wife and I spent Saturday afternoon at the event. This was our 2nd time attending. We're not fans of the overly sweet industrial cider, and we enjoy Cider Summit because it's a showcase for what cider should be. It also demonstrates the wide diversity of cider.
During the course of the afternoon, some of the more memorable ciders we samples included a Spanish Sidra that tastes like blue cheese (strange, but it works), a whiskey cask aged Scottish Cider, a French pear cider, and a cider made with peach puree and saison yeast.
New this year, was the Fruit Cider Challenge sponsored by Oregon Fruit Products. The Salem-based company is a supplier of fruit that is widely used in the brewing industry. OFP made its fruit available to cider makers to produce limited-run pilot batches of fruit cider. Attendees sampled and voted for their favorites. The winners were:
1st place: Black Lightning, Hi-Wheel Wine & Mead, Portland, OR
2nd place: Strawperry, Portland Cider Company, Oregon City, OR
3rd place: Strawberry Fields, Bull Run Cider, Forest Grove, OR
While Portland has plenty of excellent beer festivals, it's exciting to see cider getting some traction via cider-focused festivals. Whether you're a seasoned cider drinker, or just learning, make sure you pay a visit to Cider Summit next June. Another great event to consider is Cider Rite of Spring.
Did you attend Cider Summit? What were some of your favorite tastes?