The Old Apple Tree Festival is adding a hard cider tent this year at the celebration of this 191-year-old apple tree! Join the celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Old Apple Tree Park, 112 S.E. Columbia Way, directly east of the I-5 Bridge and south of Hwy. 14, 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 this year is a 21-and-over, hard cider garden, hosted by Slow Food Southwest Washington. The cider garden features are Tooley Bender from Battle Ground, English Estates from Vancouver, Jester & Judge from Stevenson, and Moulton Falls from Yacolt. Hard ciders will be available to sample or drink by the glass, for a small fee. Limited edition Old Apple Tree Festival 32-ounce growlers will also be available to purchase and take home. Visit www.slowfoodswwa.com for more information.
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, Bartlett Tree Care, Slow Food Southwest Washington, and the National Park Service at Fort Vancouver. For more information about the Old Apple Tree Festival and Vancouver’s efforts to enhance the community’s beautiful and beneficial trees, call Urban Forestry at 360-487-8308 or visit www.cityofvancouver.us/urbanforestry.