Posted on October 11, 2017
October’s cranberry harvest has been a part of the peninsula’s culture for over a century. This tart, native berry brings more excitement than you might expect as the bogs are flooded for harvest and roadside stalls with fresh cranberries begin to pop up. The peak of activity comes October 14 and 15 with the annual Cranberrian Fair. If you’re planning a trip this month to the peninsula, be sure to get in on the cranberry fun.
Cranberrian Fair – Oct. 14 & 15
Fast approaching is our annual celebration—the Cranberrian Fair! Admission is only $5 and includes a collectible Cranberrian button. This covers all events for the weekend.
Highlights for the fair include:
- Baked goods like the event’s signature Cranberry Peach Pie.
- Demonstrations from local artists and crafters.
- Self guided tours of the cranberry harvest at the Cranberry Museum.
The Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum and Cranberry Museum co-host the fair. This year, a few local businesses are adding to the experience in our first ever Cranberry Trail to the Port of Ilwaco that features cranberry-inspired art, menus, and even cookbooks.
Local Cranberry Bogs
Fresh cranberries from our local farms are sure to make your Thanksgiving dishes unique and flavorful.
The Pacific Coast Cranberry Research Foundation welcomes visitors to walk around their cranberry bogs year round on self-guided tours. The museum is open daily between April 1st – December 15th, and they have a wonderful gift shop to drop by after you’re done exploring their cranberry farm. Be sure to try the cranberry ice cream!
Cranguyma Farms sets up roadside stalls and sells cranberries by the bag at their farm on weekends. They also offer u-pick cranberries at 50 cents a pound. Their farm is open daily from 8 AM to 6 PM. Admission is free, and they have a cozy corner in their shed set up for a picnic if you need a break.
Starvation Alley was the first certified organic bog in the state. Their cranberries are used in local brewing as well as culinary creations. North Jetty Brewing features Starvation Alley Weissbier in fall and winter months. Their cranberries have also been used by Ghostfish Brewing based in Seattle as well as by Grand Central Bakery in Portland and Seattle.You can buy Starvation Alley’s cold pressed 100% Pure Cranberry Juice locally at Adrift Hotel, Sid’s IGA, Okies Thriftway Market, and Brown’s Coastal Corner Market and Deli. If you can’t make it down to the beach, Starvation Alley products are also sold at stores in Seattle and Portland.
Wild Mushroom Celebration, Oct. 1-Nov. 15
Water Music Festival, Oct. 13-15, Long Beach Peninsula
Cranberrian Fair, Oct. 14-15
Great Columbia Crossing 10k, Oct. 15, Astoria, OR
Chinook Oktoberfest, Oct. 21, Chinook