2016 Apple Tasting Event
Portland Nursery at 5050 SE Stark
Friday-Sunday October 7* - 9 • Friday-Sunday October 14 - 16
* The morning and early afternoon of October 7 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.
A special thanks to our sponsors
Enter our Scarecrow Contest
Submission / drop-off dates are Sept. 29 through Oct. 6
- 1st Prize: A $100.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card.
- 2nd Prize: A $75.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card.
- 3rd Prize: A $50.00 Portland Nursery Gift Card.
- All entrants receive a free 5ib. bag of apples.
Help us pick the winner - Vote October 7-13
Winners announced October 15 and are notified by phone.
Pick up an entry form at the Stark Street Info desk or Download your Scarecrow Contest Entry Form here.
Friday, October 7 is Field Trip 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!
Special mid-week event: Elder Day
Elder Day is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1:00-3:00 pm
A portion of the sales of apples and pears will once again go to help support the fine work by Elders in Action.
Music to dance to both weekends!
Annual Food Drive Benefitting
the Oregon Food Bank!
Please bring your donations of non-perishable food items to 5050 SE Stark. Bins will be up October 6-18.
Vendors will not be on site on Friday, Oct. 7
& a limited number are here on Friday, Oct. 14.
Cider Making Workshop
Join Nick Gunn, Cider-maker, 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.
Take part in this fast growing phenomenon and broaden your appreciation of America's original drink. We hope to see you there!
9000 SE DIVISION • Sunday • October 16 • 11:00-1:00pm
Click here to register for this class.
Tasting & 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.
Apple & Pear Recipes
We have a number of Apple and Pear recipes generously provided by Chef Dan Brophy and staff from the Oregon Culinary Institute.