Diverse Gathering of Artisanal Ciders Returns to Emerging South Waterfront Neighborhood
Portland, OR – SBS Imports and the Seattle Beer Collective are pleased to announce the return of Cider Summit NW Festival to Portland, OR. The second annual Portland event will be on Saturday, June 23, 2012 from 11am‐7pm at Elizabeth Caruthers Park in the emerging South Waterfront neighborhood near the Portland Aerial Tram. The event is presented by Barbur World Foods (barburworldfoods.com) & Bushwhacker Cider (bushwhackercider.com).
This will be the fourth Cider Summit produced by SBS & Seattle Beer Collective, having launched the concept in Seattle in September 2010 and expanding to Portland last year. Each event features 50+ elegantly crafted ciders from producers in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, California, England, and France. This year’s event will also feature Spain’s Basque Region. Other new features for 2012 include live music and a “bottles to go” store onsite.
“We were very pleased with the response in our first year in Portland,” noted SBC’s Ian Roberts. “We believe we have added some nice features to our 2012 event which will help us reach an even wider audience of cider enthusiasts.”
The owners and cidermakers will be on hand to inform and guide guests through the samplings which will be available in 3‐ounce and 6‐ounce portions. In addition to the superb range of ciders, the event will feature food from SE Portland’s Ya Hala restaurant, ongoing demonstrations of apple pressing courtesy of Bushwhacker and non‐alcoholic beverages from Maletis Beverage. The Portland Aerial Tram will be offering 2‐for‐1 rides to event attendees and Cider Summit NW encourages use of the Portland Streetcar to the event
“We believe we’ve created a unique event,” added event co‐founder Alan Shapiro of SBS Imports. “We have found a great home in the South Waterfront neighborhood and we expect a terrific range of ciders. The vast majority will be available to taste at $2.00. It should be a great opportunity for attendees to sample many of the best ciders available in the United States if not the world.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 (cash only) at the door and are available online via Brown Paper tickets, Umpqua Bank’s South Waterfront branch, and at many of the area’s leading bottle shops. Admission includes a tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. From 11a‐12n arriving guests will receive 2 additional “happy hour” tickets. Additional drink tickets will be available for sale onsite at $2 per ticket. The event is 21 and over only. Dogs will be allowed on event grounds. For more information including a list of participating ciders please visit www.cidersummitnw.com.
Cider Summit NW benefits Northwest Cider Association (www.nwcider.org) and The Institute for Myeloma & Bone Cancer Research (www.imbcr.org). The Northwest Cider Association promotes awareness of artisan produced ciders among the general public and fosters cooperation within the industry for all producers. IMBCR is one of the world’s leading independent research organizations developing effective therapies to increase the quality of life and longevity of myeloma patients. Cider Summit NW is presented by Barbur World Foods & Bushwhacker Cider with supporting sponsors Umpqua Bank, KNRK 94/7 alternative Portland, Maletis Beverage, Portland Aerial Tram, Portland Streetcar, and South Waterfront Community Relations office.