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Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Identify Apples – Make Cider – Eat Pie – Visit Heritage Orchard

Pipers orchard during festivalCome to the 8th annual Festival of Fruit! Events include cider pressing and tasting, live music, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard and more.

Experts including the renowned Dr. Bob Norton, retired research scientist from WSU Extension in Mt. Vernon, and Shaun Shepherd from Portland’s Home Orchard Society, will give talks on apple varieties and identification.

Girls with press 6Try making cider the old-fashioned way, with a hand cranked cider press! Little ones will enjoy turning the crank of the press as well as arts and crafts activities.

If you like to bake, donate a fruit pie. Fresh cider and slices of homemade pie will be available at a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.

After the talks, expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are going strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines. You will be able to taste apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.

In addition to the regular festival, we’re excited to host a presentation on making cider from 2:30PM to 4:00PM in the Environmental Learning Center.