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8:00am-7:00pm Daily

5050 SE Stark • 503-231-5050

9000 SE Division • 503-788-9000

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Portland Nursery


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

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Enter our Scarecrow Contest

Submission / drop-off dates are Sept. 29 through Oct. 6

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  • 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.



Kids Activities

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!

1st Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 7th
Field Trip Day Activities


Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 8-9
10:00am - 5:00pm

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

2nd Weekend Kids Tent

Friday October 14th
10:00am - 5:00pm

  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Games

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 15-16
10:00am - 5:00pm

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


Special mid-week event: Elder Day


Elder Day is Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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.



Music to dance to both weekends!

1st Weekend Music

Saturday October 8th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Cascade Crescendo

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


Sunday October 9th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Annalisa Tornfelt & The Tornfelt Family

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Pete Krebs and His Portland Playboys

2nd Weekend Music

Saturday October 15th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Little Sue & Lynn Conover

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tim Acott and Billy Kennedy


Sunday October 16th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Will West & The Friendly Strangers

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Carl Solomon Project


Annual Food Drive Benefitting
the Oregon Food Bank!

logo-oregon-webv2 Please bring your donations of non-perishable food items to 5050 SE Stark. Bins will be up October 6-18.


*List of Oregon Food Bank preferred items.


Community Participants!

Vendors will not be on site on Friday, Oct. 7
& a limited number are here on Friday, Oct. 14.

Local vendors

Wandering Aengus Ciderworks

Portland Creamery

Mickelberry Gardens

Golden Orchard

Portland Juice Company

Hot Lips Pizza

• Debi Madden’s fresh-roasted chestnuts

Community Members

Friends of Portland Community Gardens (Oct. 15-16 only)

OSU Master Gardeners

Oregon Milkweed Project (First weekend Oct. 8-9)

Growing Gardens

Portland Food Project will be providing information the second weekend of Apple Tasting (Oct. 15-16).


Cider Making Workshop

cidermakerWe welcome Abram Goldman-Armstrong, Cider-maker and Owner of Cider Riot! to teach this year’s cider making class as a friend of Wandering Aengus Ciderworks and an experienced teacher.

Oregon native Abram Goldman-Armstrong has been making cider since 1995, passed the Beer Judge Certification Exam at the National level at age 21 and has judged at numerous amateur and professional beer and cider competitions, including the Great American Beer Festival, Mondial de la Biere in Montreal, British Columbia Beer Awards, American Homebrewers Association National Homebrew Competition, Heart of Cascadia, Fall Classic, Widmer Collaborator, and the Portland International Cider Cup. Abram has been writing about beer and cider since 1999 and is the editor of Northwest Brewing News. He has collaborated with Hopworks Urban Brewery to create Secession Cascadian Dark Ale in 2009, and with Widmer Brother’s Brewing in 2013 to create Green and Gold Kölsch. He took his passion for cider to the professional level in 2013, opening Cider Riot! an urban cidery dedicated to the production of flavorful and refreshing dry ciders. Cider Riot! ciders are sold throughout Cascadia and in Norway and Japan, and have won numerous accolades in local and international competitions.

Join us 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, (payable at register day of class).

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!

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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.

Click here to see all the recipes.