When Gideon Stolz opened the first cider mill downtown in 1879, he seeded an industry that grew to make Salem the largest food processor in the world. Fruits of Labor: Mid-Valley Makers on First Wednesday, explores the influence of fruit processing on downtown Salem with an orientation and walking tour.
The event occurs on First Wednesday, March 5 at Blade Fit, 150 Liberty NE in the Metropolitan Building. Kylie Pine, curator at Willamette Heritage Center, will provide a brief history of fruit processing downtown and explain the sites listed on the self-guided tour.
Cider and wine tasting is available at participating businesses. Mid-Valley Makers aims to connect Salem’s past to its future with heritage events. Free.
Schedule (subject to change)
5:00 – 9:00
2Towns Ciderhouse at Uptown Insurance 349 State St
Carlton Cyderworks at Salem Summit Company 246 State St
Honeywood Winery at Blade Fit L.L.C. 150 Liberty St NE
6:00 Presentation by Kylie Pine, Willamette Heritage Center curator
at Blade Fit L.L.C. 150 Liberty St NE
6:30 Guided and self-guided tours
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Uptown Insurance Blind Wine and Cider Tasting
Participants bring fruit wine or cider for entry into competition.