Thursday
Jul012010

Northwest Cider Makers' Dinner Recap

Tuesday evening we had the pleasure of feasting and exploring Northwest ciders at The Herbfarm in Woodinville. The main purpose of the dinner was to honor Dr. Norton, Gary Moulton, and Peter Mitchell for their service to improving the quality of Northwest ciders over the past several decades.

This was our first experience with a 6-course, 4 ½ hour dinner event. To start the evening off, we toured their formal herb garden where we sampled various herbs and flowers that would be used with the dinner and heard a little bit of their story.  The first course was a trio for cider which featured emmer blini with housemade fresh chevre and various toppings with a champagne-style cider from Finnriver. The second course featured farmstead rabbit paired with Wescott Bay’s traditional cider. The third course was squab paired with Wildfire Semisweet Ember and our own Cliffbreaks Blend. The fourth course – pork with Red Barn’s Burro Loco. We had a cheese and house-made prosciutto paired with Wandering Angus Bloom cider.  For dessert, balsamic bing cherries with Bavarian cream paired with Blue Mountain’s cherry cider.

The presentation for each course was elegantly done and many of them had a cider reduction to compliment the entree. The portions were sized appropriately so as not to have overeaten. The Herbfarm did the best the best job that I have experienced so far in pairing cider elegantly with food. It was a very enjoyable time and it was hard to believe that it was after 11:00 when we left. The hard part was keeping alert for deer on the 3-hour drive home.

The dinner event at The Herbfarm was definitely a highlight to our dining experiences and a great opportunity to connect with other cider makers and enthusiasts. There were several people capturing photos of the evening, we'll try to connect with them soon and share the feast visually. A very big thank you to Nancy Bishop of Wildfire Cidery and Sharon Campbell of Tieton Cider Works for organizing such a wonderful event.

Friday
Jun252010

Snowdrift Cider on the menu at The Herbfarm June 29

"#1 Destination Restaurant in the World" - National Geographic

Years ago when Peter and Mary Ann lived in Seattle, they could only dream of dining at the Herbfarm, with the restaurant being so sought-out that reservations were regularly booked 6-9 months in advance!

Now our cider has the honor of being selected as part of the menu at the Herbfarm's upcoming Northwest Cider Maker's Dinner on June 29th. This will be a night of incredible seasonal Northwest food centered around cider pairings, all in honor of some of the most key people to bring about the Northwest's current resurgence of great ciders – Dr. Bob Norton, Gary Moulton, and Peter Mitchell. We are absolutely grateful for their work in the realm of cider.

Reserve your spot for Tuesday night and come visit with Peter & Mary Ann and other great cider makers and cider lovers, and enjoy the dinner of a lifetime!

 

 

Tuesday
Jun152010

See you at Washington Brewers' Fest!

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday we'll be over at the WA Brewers' Fest, at St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. This year, they've expanded the program to include cider and wine, and we're one of the six cideries and two wineries that'll be sharing our wares through the weekend. Besides beer, wine and cider, the event will be rounded out with food, music, and a root beer garden. 

For more information on the schedule, parking, etc. head on over to their site.

Friday, June 18, 4 - 9pm 21+ only
Saturday, June 19, 11am - 9pm All Ages
Sunday, June 20, 11am - 6pm All Ages

Location: 
St. Edward State Park
14445 Juanita Dr. NE, Kenmore, WA 98028
Directions 

Monday
Jun142010

Alaska Airlines Feature

 

We had a wonderful visit from Paul Clarke, who writes for Alaska Airlines Magazine, this spring and the article is already out there! If you're flying Alaska Air (or Horizon) this June check it out – or take a look at the digital version. This month's focus is on Washington, and among the high points of the state, there's a great article on the blossoming food movement that's developing in the Wenatchee Valley.

Wednesday
Feb242010

Wenatchee Wine Week March 15-20

We really love the Wenatchee valley. We wouldn't have planted our roots (sorry about the pun) here if we didn't. Cold, snowy winters, beautiful springs, glorious summers, and rich autumns - every season has something to offer. And the fruits and wines in our area appear to love it too, as more and more wines win awards (including our ciders). In celebration of this great region, Wenatchee Wine Country is featuring tasting events and dinners across Wenatchee the week of March 15. It's a great opportunity for some late-winter cheer (though it's feeling like spring already) with good friends and some incredible taste experiences.

As part of this week-long event, Snowdrift Cider Co. will be featured in two of the events:

For more info, or for tickets to the events, please visit Wenatchee Wine Country. We hope to see you there!