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Fresh Cider, Hot Donuts

Every year, family and friends flock to our founder Gwen Bassetti‘s ranch in Goldendale, Wash., to press fresh cider from apples in the family orchard. It’s tons of fun and a great excuse for a casual party. This year, the cider pressing is coming to Portland, with a twist: while Gwen & Co. press fresh cider in the parking lot of our N. Fremont bakery, Piper Davis (Gwen’s daughter and our cuisine director) and Julie Richardson of Baker and Spice, longtime friends and baking buddies, will make fresh cider donuts in the New England tradition.

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Megan Davis (right) and Gwen Bassetti press cider in Goldendale, Wash.

At the Portland Cider Pressing and Donut Pop-up,  Saturday,  Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to noon at 714 N. Fremont in Portland, fresh cider will be available for sale by the glass and growler, as will warm-from-the-fryer donuts, plain and glazed. The event is a fund-raiser for Zenger Farm, a working urban farm that models, promotes and educates about sustainable food systems, environmental stewardship, community development and access to good food for all.

Cider donuts are a fall tradition in New England, where Julie grew up and where Piper has family ties.  Julie has a terrific cider donut recipe, and the two of them have been making test batches for awhile now.

As anyone who has been to New England apple country in the fall can attest, cider donuts are delicious — lightly sweet cake-batter rings dipped in cider glaze or rolled in cinnamon sugar. We recommend them.

And fresh cider is a thing to behold. You can sip it cold or try it warm, depending on your mood or the weather that morning.

If that’s not enough, Ben Davis (Piper’s brother), who opened our first bakery in Portland and now oversees Portland bakery operations, will be playing Roots and Americana music with his band Never Strangers.

Come on down. We’d love to see you.