The apples are picked, the cider is pressed and the spirits have been distilled.
It’s been a good year for Bellewood Acres and they are ready to celebrate their harvest. The family-owned orchard will celebrate the bounty this Saturday and Sunday with their second annual CiderFest. “It’s all about sampling and drinking all
things apple,” spokesperson Sarah Fowler said.
CiderFest, a family-oriented event, will offer participants the opportunity to check out the new 14,000 square foot store, tour the orchards on the farm’s Apple Bin Express – a tractor-pulled group of open-air cars that traverses the entire property, sample the farm’s own seasonal Honeycrisp cider, sparkling cider and hot spiced cider, and take part in an old-fashioned cider press demonstration. The Farm Bistro will be open as well and will offer specials on food.
“We’re going to have good food and live music on both days. It’s going to be a lot of fun,” manager Jake Fowler said. KAFE radio will be at the event both days, and the Prozac Mountain Boys will play on Saturday followed by The Gallus Brothers on Sunday.
Hard cider from regional cideries will be available, with pints for $5 and sampler trays available for purchase. Those who purchase the sampler will have a choice of eight hard ciders from vendors such as Honeymoon (who uses the farm’s apple juice to produce their cider), Sinn River Farm and Cidery, Tieton Ciderworks, Spire Mountain Cider and Angry Orchard. “We
know that customers want to experience different flavors and different styles of cider so that’s why we’re bringing in different vendors this weekend,” Fowler said.
Tours of the Bellewood distillery, where spirits such as vodka, gin and brandy are made will also be available, and there is a hard cider making class that is available for folks who sign up in advance.
The orchard, spread across 62 acres of farmland in Lynden, boasts 25,000 apple trees, with 20 varieties of apples, and is one
of the largest U-pick operations in western Washington. Fowler said they have harvested around 1.7 million pounds of fruit this year. “We definitely hit our production goals for apples this year,” he said.
After harvest, the apples find their way into a variety of grocery stores, including Haggen Foods and the Community Food Co-op in Bellingham, as well as to schools in Whatcom County.
Bellewood Acres’ apple U-pick closed on Sunday, October 27, but the store will remain open year-round, and will have seven varieties of apples available in the store through February. CiderFest will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., November 3 and 4, and admission to the event is free.The bands will be playing from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The farm is located at 231 Ten Mile Road in Lynden. For more information visit bellewoodfarms.com
or call 360/318-7720.