Saturday, September 21, 2013
The Hood River Valley Pear Celebration takes place Saturday and, all along the Hood River County Fruit Loop. Fruit stands, wineries, farms and attractions along the valley’s scenic “loop” will be offering fresh pears, pear products and more.
Many varieties, sizes, and colors of pears will be available to taste and purchase. There will also be pear wine, pear desserts, pear recipes, and many more special treats.
In addition, pear lovers will find all sorts of other fine food, produce and products, and country fun along the Fruit Loop during the Pear Celebration.
- n “Desserts Galore” at Kiyokawa Family Orchards in Parkdale. They’re teaming up with some of the area’s best creative bakers to prepare a mouthwatering selection of pear, apple, and peach desserts using fruit from the Kiyokawa orchards. Take recipes and fruit home to make your own.
- n Visit Rasmussen Farms for the original Pear Party — since 1985. Rasmussen’s claims the best selection of pears in the valley. Enjoy live music each afternoon, wine tasting, tasty barbecue, pear pie, samples of Oregon food products, many varieties of fresh pears to try, and lots of free recipes.
- Kids will love the free themed corn maze. There is a picnic area, and lots of fresh fall fruit, vegetables, autumn decorating items, and cold beverages in the sales barn.
- n Find “Family Fun on the Farm” at Draper Girls’ Country Farm. During September they have a large selection of U-pick fruit and more available, including pears, apples, peaches, and corn. Ready-picked fruit, gifts, and treats, too. They will be pressing their refreshing non-pasteurized pear cider, apple cider, apple-pear cider, and cherry cider. There is a picnic area, and the petting zoo will be open.
- n Taste Perry (hard pear cider) and unique and delicious pear sherry dessert wine at Hood River Vineyards.
- n The Gorge White House will have pears harvested from their farm, and complimentary tastes of their Heritage Bosc Pear Wine. Sample their varieties of locally grown pears, and enjoy the views and the season.
- n Stop by Pheasant Valley Winery and Orchard to sample local organic wines in their estate tasting room— including their organic Pear wine. They will also be featuring homemade pear crisps to pair with their wines.
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.), and charge no admission. For complete information about the Hood River Pear Celebration, for a listing of Fruit Loop farms, attractions and individual operating hours, and for an easy-to-follow map, visit the Fruit Loop website at www.hoodriverfruitloop.com.
Printed copies are available at the Hood River County Visitors Center (Hood River exit 64 off Interstate 84), at area restaurants, stores, and lodging facilities, and at Fruit Loop locations. Have additional questions? Call the Fruit Loop information number at 541-386-7697.
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