Wednesday, July 31, 2013
The Summer Fruit Celebration is set to take place all along the scenic Hood River Fruit Loop, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18.
Peaches will be at the height of their harvest season and a growing number of later-ripening varieties of cherries means the cherry season stretches into the month.
While the heart of the Hood River valley’s commercial and specialty pear and apple harvest will still be a few weeks away, the first early heirloom apples, Gravensteins, will be ripe during the Summer Celebration. These apples are considered “the best” by many bakers and cooks for pies, applesauce and dessert.
Participating fruit stands and attractions will offer more gourmet food products, wines and hard ciders, bakery goods, and a wide range of food.
Admission to Fruit Loop farms and attractions is free. Some farms and wineries also have special offerings during the event.
Most farms and attractions along the Fruit Loop are open from at least 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (wineries open at 11 a.m.). For details about the Summer Fruit Celebration, for a listing of Fruit Loop farms, attractions and individual operating hours, and a map, visit the Fruit Loop website at hoodriverfruitloop.com.
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