Estacada Uncorked

Swirl Sip &  Savor wines, microbrews, locally brewed hard cider — English-style, mead and, oh, so much more! Estacada Uncorked is back with the interesting selection of beverages and specialty foods that made the event such a success.

This year, we will be dancing and dining on Broadway Street in downtown Estacada on Saturday, June 30. We start at 3 p.m. and continue until the last band calls it quits at 8 p.m. You won’t want to miss the sights and sounds. It is Estacada at its laid-back finest playing host to locals and visitors alike. Not ready to go home?

Two years ago, the event received the Oregon Main Street award for Best Special Event. It earned the award and its reputation for quality products and service. This year the line-up of vendors will include wine and microbrews plus craft ciders, food product entrepreneurs, striking art and live music. The local wines and microbrews, many of them created in Clackamas County, are the focus and highlight of the party in the street. Select vendors will provide beverages by the taste or by the glass. The food offerings emphasize hand-crafted products and farm-grown ingredients.

It is a family-friendly event. A special section has been set aside where children can play, create art projects and participate in imaginative photo opportunities. Their parents can keep a watchful eye on them from adjacent picnic tables. Children are admitted free.

Last year, we introduced you to Stone Circle, an innovative local English-style cidery. Dan Lawrence will bring a sweet and a dry hard cider to the Uncorked event. He is the lead cider maker who planted an orchard of English varietals ideally suited to ciders. The Stone Circle partners plan to convert barn space to a tasting room on their farm near Estacada. Lawrence spent five months in England training in English-style cider production.

This is one example of agritourism where observing or participating in farming practices can become part of the experience. It may include wine tasting, food service or food products such as goat cheese, essential oils, and much more. Farm tours, tastings (wine, beer and cider), and farm stays are part of it, and events such as Eagle Creek Lavender Festival are included.

Those create a burgeoning agritourism draw in Oregon, The Estacada area is growing its connection to those who like the farm to table experience — as well as Christmas trees, corn mazes, berries and berry products, and include some specific providers — Alder Tree Vineyards, Stone Circle Cidery, Slice of Heaven Farm and BeeingKind.

Other food entrepreneurs will bring products grown and made on the farm; they are the key to agritourism. Those small producers confirm that oftentimes an exceptional product is the result of a lucky coincidence, a happy accident, or a case of bumper-crop-meets-invention. Some of those products will find their way to Estacada Uncorked.

Admission is $15 for adults. Admission price includes a commemorative glass, tasting tokens, wine totes and live music. Additional information is available on Facebook at Estacada Uncorked. You won’t want to miss this event.

More information at http://EstacadaUncorked.com