THE THIRD ANNUAL BC CIDER FEST… BIGGER AND BETTER!
The third annual BC Cider Week, took place from April 27th to May 5th.
This week long craft cider celebration saw many cider events, tastings and
festivities throughout British Columbia with tasting events from Kelowna to
Vancouver Island, including tap takeovers, cider pairing meals, and much
more throughout the week.
The highlight for me and many others is the final event. The gathering of up
to 40 Cideries at The Pipe Shop foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
It’s one of the buildings my father Pat worked in during WW2.
The first interview had to be with Shawn Pisio, who co-founded the B.C.
Cider Festival three years ago.
Just how popular is this event? It sells out within minutes.
Cider is going through the very same revolution that craft beers did 10-15
The opportunity to grow more cider apples in B.C. is unlimited, but BC is
already home to many excellent craft cideries.
One of the cideries we interviewed was Twin Island Cider on Pender Island.
They were voted most popular Cidery at this event.
Finally, for those of you who still think that ciders are not for you
because they’re too sweet or something…FORGET ABOUT IT..
It’s a whole new world out in the orchard.
Our guests are:
Shawn Pisio – Txotx/ Co-Founder
Russ Johnson – Owner/Cidermaker Truck 59 Kelowna
Sydney Bottomley – Asst Cidermaker Broken Ladder Kelowna
Nick Farrer – Founder The Bricker Cider Co Sechelt
Mike Lachelt – Co-owner/Cidermaker Salt Spring Wild SS Island
Mathew Vasilev Co-Owner Twin Island Cider Pender Island
David Schneider – Persephone Brewing Gibson’s BC
Kathleen van der Ree – Northyards Cider – Squamish
Mike Petkau – Nomad Handcrafted Cider – Summerland
Glenn Ennis – Owner Geo Cider Co – Squamish
Lynn Colliar – Geo Cider Squamish
Jeff Nairn – Co-Founder Windfall East Van
Photos by Linda C
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Melissa Etheridge and Cannabis infused wine
Bloom in Victoria
Top Drop in Victoria
A special on field blends
Fire Season in The Okanagan
Rose Day June 8th
Charles Smith in Jet City Seattle (Rose all day)
Tofino Food and Wine festival
The Wick reopens a spectacular cellar