Hard cider added to The Old Apple Tree Festival, Oct 7

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The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191 year old apple tree! Join in the festivities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct 7 at the Old Apple Tree Park. Planted in 1826, the Old Apple Tree is located at 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the Interstate 5 Bridge within the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

Throughout the day at this free, family-friendly event, enjoy live music, tours of the Land Bridge, art and crafts for kids, tree care workshops, and food available for purchase.  The Urban Forestry Commission will give away a limited number of tree cuttings from the Old Apple Tree. Bring your own clean apples and containers to participate in the free apple pressing — a popular feature of the community festival. 

New on tap this year is a 21 and over, hard-cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. 

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“Four cideries will be pouring their hard ciders,” Warren Neth, with Slow Food Southwest Washington, said. “Grab a glass and do some tasting or buy an Old Apple Tree commemorative growler to fill up.” 

Featured are Southwest Washington hard ciders from Tooley Bender of Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester and Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. With a fee, hard ciders will be available to taste or enjoy a glass.Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival growlers will be available to buy. Limited quantities are available. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information. 

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Apple hand pies -
Get your Old Apple Tree hand pies prepared by Simply Thyme! Pre-order batches of ten and get a 10% discount, contact warren@slowfoodswwa.com. Proceeds benefit Slow Food!

About the Old Apple Tree

Planted in 1826 at Fort Vancouver, Vancouver’s venerable Old Apple Tree is the oldest apple tree in the Northwest and considered the matriarch of Washington State’s apple industry. Despite floods, winds, drought, ice and snow, the tree has survived and continues to produce some fruit.

The Old Apple Tree Festival is presented by the Urban Forestry Commission in partnership with the City of Vancouver’s Urban Forestry, a Public Works Department program; Bartlett Tree Care; Slow Food Southwest Washington; and the National Park Service.

Click here for more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s trees and the benefits they bring to residents and businesses, or call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308.

*Edited from a press release