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9:00am-7:00pm Daily

5050 SE Stark, Portland, 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division, Portland, 503-788-9000

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Portland Nursery

Apple Tasting 2015

28th Annual Apple Tasting Event

Portland Nursery at 5050 SE Stark
Friday-Sunday October 9 - 11 • Friday-Sunday October 16* - 18

* The morning and early afternoon of October 16 is Field Trip Day to hundreds of kids from area schools!

Every day during the event: 10:00am - 5:00pm

About the time the leaves begin to change color, it's time to celebrate the abundance of apples and pears. We're always well-supplied with a large variety of apples and pears to taste and purchase by the pound, as many as 60 different varieties in all!

Tasting lines, as well as our fresh-pressed cider demonstration and tasting, will be open during all six days of this free event.

Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery

appleiconA special thanks to our sponsors

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  • ebstone
  • blackgold
  • monrovia

appleiconEnter our Scarecrow Contest & win a prize!

Submission / drop-off dates are Oct. 1 through Oct. 8

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  • All winners receive an Apple Tasting T-shirt
  • 1st Prize: A $100.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card
  • 2nd Prize: A $50.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card
  • 3rd Prize: Fall Flowers Container

All entrants receive a free 5 pound bag of apples
Help us pick the winner - Vote October 9-11
Winners announced October 17

Pick up an entry form at the Stark Street Info desk or download your Scarecrow Contest Entry Form here.


appleiconKids Activities

Friday, October 16 is Field Tip Day for public school kids. Our Kid's Tent is CLOSED and we have planned activities for field trip groups. For groups larger than 10 please call ahead to schedule a field trip time.

Slots fill quickly so do not delay!

1st Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 9th
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 10-11
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

2nd Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 16th
Field Trip Day Activities


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 17-18
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Face Painting
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games
  • Coloring

appleiconSpecial mid-week event: Elder Day


Elder Day is Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1:00-3:00 pm

Visit our Elder Day page for details

A portion of the sales of apples and pears will once again go to help support the fine work by Elders in Action.


appleiconMusic to dance to both weekends!

1st Weekend Music

Saturday October 10th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Little Sue & Lynn Conover

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Earnest Lovers


Sunday October 11th
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Trashcan Joe


2nd Weekend Music

Saturday October 17th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Stolen Sweets

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Will West & The Friendly Strangers


Sunday October 18th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Fellow Travellers

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Mood Area 52

appleiconTasting & Buying Guides

We’ve created some handy guides to the apples available at Apple Tasting this year. Download and bring them as a guide
to tasting and buying!


PLEASE NOTE: This is our best prediction of the apple supply. Often we sell out early on some varieties or some varieties fail to reach us as planned.

appleiconApple & Pear Recipes


We have so many Apple and Pear recipes from Chef Brophy, we've given them a page of their own!

Click here to see all the recipes.

appleiconCommunity Participants!

Community Members

Friends of Portland Community Gardens

OSU Master Gardeners

Oregon Milkweed Project - Information and free seeds!

Oregon Food Bank will be on hand to answer questions the first weekend (Oct. 10-11).

Portland Food Project will be providing information the second weekend of Apple Tasting (Oct. 17-18).

appleiconAccepting Oregon Food Bank Donations

Donation bins will be up at 5050 SE Stark, October 6-20.
Bring in a donation of 3 or more non-perishable food items to 5050 SE Stark and be entered in a raffle to win one of three $50 Portland Nursery Gift Cards.

*List of Oregon Food Bank preferred items.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Division

nickgunnCider Making Workshop

with Nick Gunn, Cider-maker, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks
Come join Nick Gunn, Cidermaster and Co-Owner of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks for an instructional session on Cider making and Cider Apple selection. Held in conjunction with Portland Nursery's Apple Tasting event, this class will dive deep into the principals and practices of apple fermentations.

Class fee is $10.

Discussion topics include:

  • Apple Variety selection and the art of blending.
  • Pressing your own juice versus using farm pressed/store bought juice.
  • Yeast selection and other adjuncts that aid in fermentation.
  • Fermentation management.
  • Racking, Filtering, Carbonation, Bottling, and Stabilization.
  • Fundamentals of unique cider styles, i.e. French, Spanish, New England, Ice Ciders.

"Cider, Hard and Sweet" by Ben Watson will be available for sale at the class and includes follow up Cider making principals and graphics that will help the home cider maker excel at the art.

Come take part in this fast growing phenomenon and broaden your appreciation of America's original drink. We hope to see you there!

appleicon9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • October 18 • 1:00-3:00pm
Click here to register for this class.

Wednesday October 14, 2015

elderday168Elder Day at Apple Tasting

Sponsored by Portland Nursery, Home Instead, Portland Memory Garden, and Portland Parks & Recreation along with information from local Elder advocacy groups.

  • Apple & fresh cider tasting
  • Hands-on gardening & craft projects
  • Senior discount (20%)
  • Refreshments
  • Shopping assistance
  • Live music: Reggie Houston’s Box of Chocolates

Due to parking restrictions and early registrations, registration for groups needing bus transport is closed.

appleicon5050 SE STARK • Wednesday • October 14 • 1:00-3:30pm