For the last two years, City Fruit has worked to meet community food needs under COVID safety precautions. This meant not only limiting the size of our volunteer work parties, but also not having in-person social gatherings.
But now, after having survived the brunt of the pandemic, we are returning to other parts of our mission – like creating community-driven events and highlighting the beauty of local fruit and a sustainable harvest. City Fruit, after all, is powered by community members coming together to help take care of each other and our natural resources, and our signature event – our annual Celebrates gala – honors the many people who make our community and work possible.
This year, we are excited to return to an in-person Celebrates hosted at a neighboring venue, the Fremont Abbey! We’re taking the Roaring 20s theme and applying it to our “post-pandemic” 20s – 2022! Guests are invited to wear their finest feathers and fringes, fedoras and bowler hats and help us celebrate being able to be together again.
We hope you can join us as we taste local ciders and fruit-based beer to the music of aspiring jazz musicians. Taste both Seattle Cider and Greenwood’s ciders made from City Fruit’s harvest apples, and a variety of others from Brownrigg, Finn River, Offset, Schilling, Bellingham, and Empyrical, and then bid for that extra special prize in our silent auction. We are excited to offer such unique gifts and experiences as a signed hockey stick from the Kraken’s inaugural season and a two-night stay at Tree House Point, and will be raffling off Beer for a Year and a giftcard to Canlis!
At dinner, enjoy a fantastic menu by sustainable caterer 12 Baskets with entrees and appetizers featuring City Fruit apples. We have some fun planned and are excited to share the highlights from our season. Joining us at dinner is special guest and community partner honoree Harvest Against Hunger, whose support in the way of Americorps members and equipment funding over the last several years enabled us to complete successful harvests in 2020, 2021, and 2022.
City Fruit is so thankful to the many tree owners, volunteers, orchardists, donors, and fruit enthusiasts who helped us through these difficult times. We hope you can join us now in person to celebrate the last few years’ harvests and raise a glass to you, our community!