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.
We’re excited to welcome two trailblazers in Washington’s cider scene for City Fruit’s 6th Annual Cider Taste on November 10, 2016!
Seattle Cider Company was Seattle’s first cidery founded following Prohibition when it opened in 2013. The cidery continues to innovate, with the goal of breaking the trend of overly sweet ciders with its zippy and crisp Washington apple ciders, and all while representing and helping Seattle communities. They’ve partnered with City Fruit to create a City Fruit cider, which they say “has been one of our most exciting projects that everyone from cider makers, packaging teams, to sales representatives have enjoyed.” It speaks to their company values of collaboration and inclusive community development. This cider is made with apples that are not fit for meal programs, and Seattle Cider Co. successfully uses 98% of all cider-quality apples donated by City Fruit for this special edition cider. The cidery contributes to City Fruit in other ways, such as volunteering with City Fruit for orchard work parties and having their cidermakers take City Fruit’s Master Fruit Tree Steward Program, an intensive certification workshop in urban fruit tree care.
Limited edition 22oz bottles of Seattle Cider Co.’s City Fruit are available for purchase at Seattle Cider’s tasting room, The Woods (4660 Ohio Ave S, Seattle), or at Whole Foods Markets in Seattle. A percentage of all sales is donated back to City Fruit.
To the south in Olympia, Whitewood Cider Company is South Puget Sound’s first cidery, founded by Dave White and Heather Ringwood in 2012. White, a passionate cidermaker, was also instrumental in founding the Northwest Cider Association, which has united, supported and advanced ciders in the region since 2010. Whitewood makes cider in a traditional style, picking and pressing apples in autumn as they ripen, blending ciders in late winter and early spring, and bottling in the late spring. The cidery offers an array of craft cider, including an unfiltered session cider aged in French Oak wine barrels as well as Washington heirloom blends and single varietal Gravenstein bottlings. Along with its single bottles, Whitewood Cider offers a Community Supported Cider (CSC) subscription, with member discounts on bottles year-round.
City Fruit is excited to be joined by Seattle Cider Co. and Whitewood Cider Co. for this year’s Cider Taste Fundraiser on November 10. Meet the cidermakers and learn more about their craft - buy your tickets today!
Lara Douglass is a City Fruit Ambassador.