This post is part of a month-long blog series showcasing the talents of the local chefs and cideries that will be participating in City Fruit’s 6th Annual Cider Taste on November 10, 2016. To purchase a ticket, please click here.
Along with the selection of classic cideries at City Fruit’s 6th Annual Cider Taste are some producers that craft delicious, less conventional selections on beautiful Vashon Island!
Dragon’s Head Cider sources from its own orchard––containing more than 1,500 trees and over 75 varieties of traditional English and French cider apples––to make its unique selection of ciders. Its offerings include a traditional cider as well as an ambitious, wild fermented cider. For this cider, Dragon’s Head cidermakers allow the wild yeast present on the skin of the apples to ferment the juice! At Dragon’s Head you can also find Pippin Cider, a single-varietal cider made from Newton Pippin apples, a favorite of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 12-5pm on scenic Vashon Island, a growing community of artisanal food and cider producers.
If you like hard cider, you should definitely try perry, its pear-based cousin! Nashi Orchards produces cider and perry on Vashon Island and sources its fruit from its 25 acres of estate orchards. Nashi uses sustainable and salmon-safe practices while growing Asian and European Pears and heirloom apples for its perry and hard cider. For a taste of perry, you can’t go wrong with Nashi’s Chojuro Asian Pear Perry, which won the Silver Medal at the 2015 Pacific Northwest Cider Awards. It is lightly effervescent with fresh floral notes. Or try the dry Island Harvest Perry, made with Shinsseiki and perry pears as well as seedling pears foraged on Vashon Island. Nashi also offers a barrel-fermented cider, which won a Gold Medal at the 2016 GLINTCAP Awards. The picturesque orchard, garden and tasting room are open for visits on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm.
City Fruit is thrilled to have Dragon’s Head Cider and Nashi Orchards join this year’s Cider Taste on November 10. Get to know these fabulous cidermakers - buy your tickets today!
Lara Douglass is a City Fruit Ambassador.