Hiya. Sasquatch here. Squatch for short.
This year’s Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest line up on Saturday, April 21, noon to 7pm, will include over 25 local cideries. With 50+ ciders to taste, there’s something for everyone! Full Sail Brewery will present their new KYLA Hard Kombucha (4.5% alcohol). The Hood River Valley is also excited about Draper Girls Family Farm’s new hard cider line that uses it’s own plums, peaches, cherries, pears and apples. Five bands will provide live music all day and there will be plenty of tasty fare from Hood River’s Solstice Wood-Fired Pizza Cafe, Portland’s crazy good Boke Bowl and Parkdale’s Apple Valley BBQ. Yum.
If you’re like me, you feel a little guilty/boozy/irresponsible drinking during the day. That’s why cider and brew fests are the BEST! I can start drinking at noon without feeling any more sloth-like than is normal for my species. When I hit a fest in a pavilion surrounded by acres of blooming orchards I feel adventuresome and cultured. Get me sampling the ciders that interest me, and now I’m a knowledgeable explorer of the area’s cider pressing scene. Drag me up to shake it next to the band, shove some local grub into my cavernous Sasquatch mouth and now I’m an XXL super hairy Anthony Bourdain.
Of course, you might want to line up lodging that weekend. Lodge 902 is a newly opened bed and breakfast right in downtown Hood River with comfy beds, stylish decor plus hot coffee, a tasty breakfast and misty river views in the morning.
Lodge 902 is also Hood River’s newest place to stay for family reunions, wedding parties, off-sites, retreats and gatherings of cyclers, hikers, skiers, kite boarders and foodies wanting to explore the Columbia River Gorge. The entire refurbished house built in 1911 can be rented out to larger groups. Its got 5 bedrooms/baths, a full chef’s kitchen, huge fireplace, rocking chair laden veranda with Gorge-ous views. Your group will feel right at home here.
NOT looking forward to meeting you,
The Fifth Annual Hood River Hard Pressed Cider Fest
▪ When:Saturday, April 21, 2018
▪ Where: 3315 Stadelman Drive, Hood River, OR
▪ Hours:Noon-7 p.m.
$20 – Full event pass (day-of purchase on site). Includes entry into Cider Fest, five taste tokens and commemorative glass.
$15 – Presale event pass (online purchase). Includes entry into Cider Fest, five taste tokens and commemorative glass.
▪ $10 – Entry only. Adult entry into Cider Fest event; ages 20 and under are free. Does not include commemorative glass and tokens.
▪ Purchase tickets online:org/cider-fest/
▪ Noon-12:45 p.m.–JoAnna Lee Sousa
▪ 1-2 p.m.–Laryssa Birdseye
▪ 2:30-3:30 p.m.–Oakenfir
▪ 4-5 p.m.–Tony Smiley
▪ 5:30-7 p.m.–Green Neck Daredevils
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