Autumn Events on the Olympic Culinary Loop

Port Angeles Crab Festival

As the air cools and the leaves begin to change everyone is invited to sample the best of the Pacific Northwest.  Below are a few ways to taste the autumn bounty of the Olympic Peninsula. ciderrouteSeptember: The growth in popularity of hard cider led to the creation of the Cider Route by three Jefferson County cideries: Finnriver Farm and Cidery, Alpenfire Cider, and Eaglemount Wine and Cider. A combination of organic and homestead apples are used to create a variety of flavors. A few nontraditional options include Eaglemount's Ginger Cider made from Hawaiian Ginger Root and Finnriver's Botanically Infused-Cider. Visitors can learn about the cider making process and sample the finished products at each cidery's tasting room. To confirm current hours and offerings, visitors are encouraged to check the Finnriver, Alpenfire, and Eaglemount websites. October: The annual Dungeness Crab and Seafood Festival is a delectable celebration of the Pacific Northwest’s underwater bounty. During the festival the Port Angeles pier becomes a waterfront village with Crab Central taking center stage. After visiting the traditional Dungeness crab feed and seeing the wealth of local seafood from mussels and oysters to a multitude of salmon- festival-goers can visit the rest of the village for local wine tastings, chef demonstrations, children’s activities, Native American programs, locally made crafts and lavender products, live entertainment and environmental information at the marine center. Harbinger WineryNovember: Visitors can toast the harvest while visiting local wineries and cideries during the Harvest  Wine Tour. Each winery will be serving seasonal favorites such as Harbinger Winery’s Cranberry Bliss and Olympic Cellars Cabernet Franc, paired with delicious local treats like fresh pumpkin bread and Mt Townsend Creamery’s artisan cheeses. Not to be missed are the handcrafted apple-blueberry cider from Finnriver Farm or FairWinds Winery’s Mead.

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