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"Surely the earth can be saved by all the people who insist on love"

Alice Walker

A Venue For Retreats, Group Activities & Rustic Celebrations

Our mission at Finnriver is to nourish deep-rooted & fruitful connections among people and the land that sustains us.   We are glad to welcome groups that seek an authentic rural setting for their events, retreats or celebrations. Finnriver can host groups ranging from 10-300 people and we have a menu of group activity options listed below.

Contact us for information & rates: 360-339-8478 or cidergarden@finnriverfarm.com

Pleaese note that while we love animals and keep chickens, sheep, a farm dog and other critters here, we cannot allow visiting pets on the land. The farm is also smoke-free.

This is a working farm, with heaps of rural charm and beauty, and group events here are best suited for folks willing to wear farm boots, talk to chickens and sit on wooden benches!

 To learn more about our events, you can read on below or view/download the following documents:

1. Event Rates & Options

 

GROUP ACTIVITY OPTIONS

Groups of under 10 people are always welcome to come visit the farm without a reservation, walk the self-guided path around the land and do a cider and wine tasting in the Cider Shed ($7 per person).

For groups of 10 or more, please make an advance reservation for one of the options offered below:


Group gatherings & celebrations:

RESERVATION AT THE TROUGH TABLE: Groups up to 15 people may reserve a segment of the Trough Table for ‘private’ parties. No outside food/beverage without prior approval and only for items not available on our menu.  Larger groups may request additional segments of the Trough on weekdays or consider renting the Hay Barn. $100 per weekend reservation. $50/weekdays.

 

CELEBRATIONS IN THE HAY BARN: Opening Summer 2018, larger groups up to 80 people can rent the Finnriver Hay Barn for private group events during ‘warm weather’ months May-September.  The Hay Barn is a historic renovated barn offers rustic elegance. Space is not heated. Food services can be supplied by several local caterers.  Additional costs for catering supplies, seating, music, flowers etc. to be determined per event.  Discounts for non-profits.  $300/hour on weekends (Friday-Sunday). $200/hour weekdays (Monday-Thursday).

 

RENTAL OF PAVILION & CIDER GARDENGroups can rent the entire Cider Garden and Pavilion before or after public open hours in our ‘off-season’ months  — only available daily before noon or after 6pm on Monday-Thursday from October 1st - May 15th. Rental rate includes one on-site staff member to host and pour cider. $150/hour. Additional staff may be required for larger groups at $25 per hour.

 

FARMHOUSE MEETING ROOM: The historic Farmhouse library is available by the hour for group meetings, up to 15 people. $20/hour.

Guided Cider Tastings

We offer several ways to enjoy a group tasting at Finnriver!  While our tasting room is open daily, the following group tasting options are by reservation. Contact cidergarden@finnriverfarm.com to reserve or learn more.

GUIDED GROUP CIDER TASTING:  For groups of six or more, we can reserve you a table(s) and dedicate staff to pour a guided 45 minute tasting. Includes 6 pours of Finnriver farmcrafted hard cider & fruit wines and crackers/local jelly.  Seated tastings occur in the Cider Garden at various locations. Enjoy a Finnriver tasting while seated at our pavilion or tasting porch with views of the fields and orchard. A Finnriver host will pour a guided 30-45 minute cider tasting featuring sips and stories of each bottle and background on our farm mission and history. Includes 6 pours of Finnriver farmcrafted hard cider & fruit wines (1-2oz samples) with a plate of local cheese, regular/gluten-free crackers and local jelly. $15/person

 

WHEELBARROW WALKING TOUR & TASTING IN ORCHARD:  For groups seeking a more active variation on the traditional wine tasting experience, we conduct these Finnriver cider tastings on foot, using a wheelbarrow to carry the bottles and lead the group on a 1/4 mile loop around Finnriver's organic orchard. The 45 minute walking tour includes sipping samples of 6 varieties of our farmcrafted cider & fruit wine, as well as stories on farm history, apple and orchard facts, and insights into Finnriver’s organic farm practices, land and conservation partnerships, salmon stream restoration project, and B Corps certification.  Crackers, jelly and local cheese samples. Weather dependent. $20/person

 

 

PRIVATE GROUP TOURS OF ORCHARD: Groups of all ages can schedule educational private tours of our organic orchard to learn about our farming practices, land partnerships and conservation projects. $5/person with minimum of $50. Finnriver offer scholarships to school groups.

 

Weddings

We receive lots of  inquiries from folks who want to get married on a beautiful organic farm and we are honored by the idea of hosting weddings!  In 2018, we will be a venue for 'Elegant Elopments',  a cost-effective and ecologically-conscious way to get married on the farm.  Owned and operated by wedding officiant Amber Bartz, Elegant Elopments offers a 2 hour block of time at the Finnriver Orchard Arbor on one of the dates below,  for a small ceremony (up-to 25 guests), professional photographs, locally grown flowers, a chamring set-up to to cut the cake (local, organic ingredients) and make a toast with Finrniver sparkling cider!

The following dates are currently being booked: Sunday, May 20th; Thursday, June 28th; Thursday, July 19; and Wednesday, August 8th.

Contact Amber S. Bartz at: amber@celebrationsbyamber.com or 360-301-0243

Learn more at: www.celebrationsbyamber.com

Finnriver is not currerntly set-up for larger wedding parties although we are in the beginning process of remodeling the historic Hay Barn to be used in Fall 2018 for a private events space. Until then, if you have a small wedding in mind (up to 25 people) or a wedding related event like a rehearsal dinner or bacherlor/bachelorette party, contact us at info@finnriverfarm.com to see what may work in summer 2017.  Otherwise, just back with us in Fall 2018!  Happy love!

Deaf Friendly Tastings at Finnriver

Finnriver seeks to be welcoming and accessible to all, and we are happy to offer ASL interpreted cider tastings (with a certified ASL interpreter) for our deaf and hard of hearing guests by advance reservation (please allow 2-weeks notice).  Guided cider tastings include samples of 5-6 farmcrafted Finnriver hard ciders and fruit wines, along with stories and insights into each bottle. Also a plate of crackers, and local cheese.  For groups of ten or more at $15 per person or we can customize for your group size. Finnriver is pleased to work with the folks at deaffriendly.com for trainings, support and  Contact us at cidergarden@finnriverfarm.com to  make a reservation.

 

Educational Tours

Finnriver is happy to offer educational tours, when schedule allows, for grade schools, colleges, non-profits, and other organizations, associations and businesses.  We charge $5/person with minimum of $50 for orchard tours which include an overview of our history, mission and community partnerships. Tours can be tailored to group interest. For school groups, Finnriver offers full or partial tour scholarships from our Farmstead Fund, which collects a portion of profits from cider sales to support local youth education. Contact education@finnriverfarm.com for more information or to schedule a tour.

 

Kids' Birthday Parties:

We're getting a lot of interest in children's events and we are so glad we can offer a family-friendly environment for people of all ages.  Birthday party spaces at the Trough can be reserved for $100 per weekend reservation or $50/weekdays..  We love having children on the farm and we also ask groups to keep in mind that Finnriver is a licensed winery and beinf family friendly while also maintaining an enviroment for adults to enjoy their beverages is important.  Depending on the day/season, we can host your kids birthday event in various spaces including the pavilion trough or the lawn picnic area.  Outside birthday cakes and treats are permitted by request, but we ask groups to purchase their group's drinks from Finnriver and to be conscientious about reduing packaging and waste and of course we always encourage sourcing local foods!  We have several non-alcoholic beverage options. We ask for all kids to be supervised at all times, to keep their shoes on and to mind the saftey considerations posted.  We also ask parties to clean up after their event to leave the land lovely for future guests.

 

Non-profit & Special Interest Groups:  

We want to make Finnriver a great resource for non-profit organizations seeking a location for board retreats, fundraising soirees, community events and more.  Non-profits receive a 50% discount on use of the facility and cider discounts as well.   Special interest and political events are charged our regular event fees and are generally scheduled 'after hours' and not scheduled during public open hours.  See adversting guidelines below please.

 

Advertising Considerations for Events at Finnriver 

We are glad you are hosting your event at Finnriver!  We are committed to being a community gathering space that serves as common ground for people of all walks of life.  We are often approached by non-profit organizations, political action groups and other special interests to host their events and we are happy to rent our facilities for private and public events. However holding an event at Finnriver does not mean we endorse the event and we ask you to be considerate in your marketing and advertising to make clear that the event is being hosted by your organization and held at Finnriver but is not a “finnriver-sponsored" event.  You may state that the event is being held at: Finnriver Orchard & Cider Garden (124 Center Road, Chimacum WA)  but we ask you not use our logo on your marketing materials without pre-approval by our event coordinator and not to imply we are sponsors.  Thank you for taking care to help us create a welcoming space for all — and we really are happy to host your event!

Bachelor & Bachelorette Visits:

Doing a private wine & cider tasting at Finnriver can be a unique, rustic bachelor or bachelorette activity!  Contact us about private group tastings at cidergarden@finnriverfarm.com.

Partner & Account Visits:

If your group represents a market, restaurant or pub that actively carries Finnriver products, we would like to welcome you here and would be delighted to roll out the green carpet for you. Contact us at: info@finnriverfarm.com to book a complementary tour or private tasting.

 

Food Options:

We encourage all groups and private events to source food from Finnriver or our local food vendors. If your needs cannot be met by our food offerings on-site, we can discuss outside food sourcing on a case by case basis.  Contact cidergarden@finnriverfarm.com.

 
Dented Buoy pizza: dentedbuoy@gmail.com
La Crepe du Quimper: lacrepedequimper@gmail.com
Hama Hama Oysters: lissa@hamahamaoysters.com
Barbarian Fine Cuisine: barbarianfinecuisine@gmail.com
Cape Cleare Salmon Cart: rick@capecleare.com
Paella House: info@paellahousept.com
Chimacum Corner Farmstand: kristin@chimacumcorner.com
Farm’s Reach Cafe: aaariaaannaaa@gmail.com

 

WOODFIRE PIZZA OVEN

The Finnriver Cider Garden includes a custom-built woodfire pizza oven, which may available for catered events through Dented Buoy Woodfire Pizza bakers.   This  artisan pizza is exceptionally tasty, with rustic gourmet toppings, thin, crispy crust and local, farm-sourced ingredients. Gluten Free pizza options as well. You can email here to discuss pizza options and pricing: dentedbuoy@gmail.com 

  

RESOURCES FOR EVENTS

The Port Townsend Leader offers this event planning Resource Guide, listing local musicians, florists, photographers and more.

For professional wedding planning, we suggest Tanya Rublaitus of PT Weddings and Events: ptweddingsandevents@outlook.com  

You must get pre-approval of all food vendors for any events at Finnriver.

 

For rentals of party gear such as chairs, tables and more, the following local providers:

NW Event Rentals

A + Rentals

Hadlock Building Supply

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Thank you for considering a visit to Finnriver! We’re glad to grow community here and to welcome visitors and groups to our working farm.  Please help us care for the land, the animals and the people who visit by sharing these safety considerations with your group. 

 

THANK YOU!