Over the weekend we went to the second annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer festival in Springfield, Oregon. This was a great opportunity to sample several of the local varieties of cider and beer. Considering how often I have been adding beer to a lot of my cheeses it was nice to be able to see and sample some of the other beers that these micro-brew companies offer. Over 50 different companies participated in the second annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival. As an added bonus to brew festival 10% of all the proceeds went to local kids charity called Belly-full. Somehow when I wasn’t paying attention the local news company captured me and several others enjoying a sample or two. If you have an opportunity to go to the festival next year very much recommend it. I am hoping that the selections for cider continue to expand and that there are more vendors next time. There were still over a dozen different cider companies represented at the festival. One of my favorite ciders at the festival was from Schilling which had an oak barrel aged cider that imparted some tannin to the cider and made it more like a traditional English cider. I really should add some oak chips to my cider batches to enhance the flavor. I believe the next festival we will go to is the Newport Seafood and wine festival. That is always one of my favorite ones because it is rare you don’t have cheese companies at a wine festival.