As British Columbians are exploring their province this summer, BC’s craft cidermakers are ready to help them explore more locally-made craft cider. The fifth annual BC Cider Week is taking place August 6 to 16 with a variety of virtual and small scale events that celebrate BC Cider and the people who make it.
“As people make the most of exploring British Columbia, cider is another way to explore the beauty and flavours of a region,” says Emily Ritchie, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “There are cideries and cider events throughout the province as we have teamed up with a variety of businesses to offer unique experiences.”
Many cidery tasting rooms are open and offer lots of space for social distancing while enjoying local flavours. Many of the nearly 40 cideries across the province are offering tasting room discounts, swag giveaways, special releases and seasonal ciders while restaurants, pubs, and liquor stores are featuring BC craft cider.
Special events range from cider pairing dinners to special products featuring cider as an ingredient. New this year will be cider and cheese to-go kits, cider picnics and more for the take home cider experience. Many liquor stores will have a greater range of cider stocked for the week bringing the flavours of the province to those enjoying a staycation.
An interactive cidery map is posted on the NW Cider Association website at nwcider.com/map and includes location and tasting room information.
The range of events in the Lower Mainland and beyond include:
- Fraser Valley Cider in Langley has created a cider and cheese to-go pack featuring cider matured cheese. Visitors can enjoy cider cocktails on site at their mobile bar,
- Bricker Cider Company in Sechelt will release two new ciders during BC Cider Week: Whiskey Cider and Wild Blueberry. They are hosting a virtual tour on social media stories @brickercider,
- Eldorado Liquor Store in Squamish is featuring a range of craft ciders for purchase
- Enjoy a feature tartine paired with Ruby Rose cider from Sea Cider on The Bench Wine Bar’s sunny patio in Fort Langley,
- Enjoy cider specials at The Belmont Pub & Liquor Store in Prince Rupert and watch their social media for recipes and food pairings featuring cider,
- Windfall Cider in Vancouver is releasing their Lost & Found cider and donating $1 from each bottle sold to the Vancouver Food Bank,
- Taves Estate Cidery in Abbotsford will have their new goji berry cider available. During Cider Week buy a Taves Estate Cidery Barnyard Pack and receive a free 750 ml bottle of soft sparkling apple or black currant cider.
About Northwest Cider Association:
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Pacific Northwest cider culture. Representing almost 100 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@nwcider).
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