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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seventh Annual Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
8/28/2013  5:09:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Karen O'Connor  206-684-7241


Seventh Annual Festival of Fruit at Carkeek Park

The Friends of Piper’s Orchard host the Seventh Annual Festival of Fruit on Saturday, September 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center.  This fun fall community event includes cider pressing, a pie contest, and a talk by fruit tree expert Dr. Beverly Gerdeman. Carkeek Park Environmental Learning Center is located at 950 NW Carkeek Park Rd in northwest Seattle.

The free event attracts hundreds of people young and old each year and helps ensure that the orchard, originally planted in the 1890s, will survive at least another 100 years.  The Friends of Piper’s Orchard are a group of volunteers who discovered and then rescued the historic North Seattle orchard from invasive plants.

Join us for:

  • Keynote speaker
    Dr. Beverly Gerdeman, a noted researcher and entomologist from Washington State University, will share techniques for protecting backyard fruit from damaging insects – including the newly arrived and dreaded spotted wing drosophila. Recognized internationally as a fruit tree expert, Gerdeman is an engaging and fun presenter. She will speak at 10:00.

  • Pie contest
    Competitive bakers are encouraged to enter the home-made apple pie contest, with winners taking home prizes and bragging rights. Entries are due at the festival by 10:00 a.m. Judges this year will include Jon Rowley, a well-respected figure in the national food community in part for his role as the first to bring fresh Copper River salmon to dinner plates across the country. Fresh warm cider and slices of home-made pie will be available for a nominal cost, with proceeds to support ongoing maintenance of the orchard.

  • Fresh cider
    Visitors are encouraged to make cider the old-fashioned way, with a hand cranked cider press.

  • Orchard tours
    Expert volunteers who have painstakingly restored the orchard will lead tours, pointing out the heirloom varieties that are growing strong as well as younger trees and newly planted grape vines.

  • Apple Tasting
    Visitors will have the chance to taste heirloom apple varieties that are grown in the orchard.

  • Kids’ crafts
    Little ones will enjoy organized arts and crafts activities.

Visitors are encouraged to park below the learning center. Volunteers will be directing guests.
For more information please visit www.pipersorchard.org or contact 206-684-0877. The Festival is sponsored by Friends of Piper’s Orchard, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Carkeek Park Advisory Council, Seattle Tree Fruit Society and City Fruit.

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