Hard cider makers or farmers wanting to learn more about opportunities for growing cider apples will have a rare opportunity to meet with U.K. cider expert Peter Mitchell on December 15 at Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, Washington. Mitchell, who has 30 years’ experience in cider and perry making, is an international cider competition judge and award-winning producer.

The program will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The morning session will feature panel discussions by industry experts, including Dr. Carol Miles, Drew Zimmerman, and Gary Moulton, who are involved with Washington State University’s cider program. After lunch, Mitchell will lead a cider tasting event.

The free seminar is organized by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center, WSU, and the Northwest Cider Association. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended. To reserve a place or for more information email Alicia Self or call (360) 336-3727.