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The weather cooperated for the most part (and the squalls we had were few and short–lived), but none of you seemed daunted when it began to rain — it was a great turn-out and a great celebration of our 25th Apple Tasting!
2012 was a great year for fruit harvest — there was an all–time high number of varieties of apples and pears to taste, some available to purchase by the pound in greater quantities than in years past. Did you discover a new favorite? We heard about a lot of plans for pies and sauce and freezing and drying and cider. The first Saturday broke records for apple sales — over 23,000 pounds! — so you know there’s going to be a lot of apple pies being eaten this fall and winter here in Portland!
We added new vendors (artisan goat cheese and truffles and wine, oh my) along with many of the favorites you’ve come to look forward to seeing; we moved the cooking demos to the back of the tasting area (as people tasted apples they would catch whiffs of bacon frying or sandwiches toasting, and wander back to see what was happening, and got a pleasant surprise). We hope you enjoyed the changes this year. The hard cider tasting was a popular spot, with several local cider makers joining Wandering Aengus – continuing to amaze us with how much variety there can be in cider.
We had you swaying and tapping your feet and dancing outside the music tent with a fabulous array of bands. You munched on caramel apples and strudel and sampled our fresh-pressed cider (if you have kids who came to the event on field trip day, they will be able to tell you how many apples it takes to make a single pressing — Bill had them counting out loud), had your faces painted and voted for your favorite scarecrow. You brought lots of canned foods to the Impact NW barrel (thank you!), and you helped make this the best Apple Tasting event ever!
New Recipes added this year. See our Recipe Page and download your favorites!
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