With nine cideries and counting, Oregon’s Hood River Valley hard cider scene is exploding. These craft cidermakers source the apples, pears and other fruits from hundreds of local orchardists, creating ciders that truly give a taste of Hood River and place the region at the forefront of the new national hard cider movement.

Now in its second year, the Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest gives seasoned and novice cider drinkers alike the chance to sample cider from Hood River County’s very own cider makers – including Gorge Cyder HouseFox Tail CiderHR CiderworksRack & ClothThe Gorge White House and Hood Valley Hard Cider – as well as a variety of additional Northwest cideries. More than 20 cideries will be participating, with more than 30 ciders on tap, making this one of Oregon’s biggest cider event of the year.

“Hood River’s hard cider scene is unparalled in the Pacific Northwest, and this festival is the perfect way for our cider lovers to taste our numerous and unique ciders,” said Mike Glover, Executive Director of the Hood River Area Chamber of Commerce. “Plus, with all of Hood River Valley’s fruit orchards awash in blossoms, April is the perfect time for visitors to come out and see where the ciders get their start.”

The daylong event also features local food vendors, arts vendors, a kid’s area and a line-up of local music, from bluegrass to classic rock – guaranteeing a great time for the whole family.

The complete line-up of cideries will be available on March 15, 2015. For details, go to Hoodriver.org/hard-pressed-cider-fest.

Hood River Hard-Pressed Cider Fest Event Details

  • When: Saturday, April 11, 2015
  • Where: 3315 Stadelman Drive, Hood River, OR
  • Hours: Noon-6 PM
  • Cost: Entry tickets: $5 (ages 14 and under are free); Branded cider glass and 4 drink tokens: $5

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