The BC Cider Festival Year 2. The Cider makers pour at The Pipe Shop.
Its Official..I’m a Certified Cider Head.
Happily, I don’t appear to be alone.
Lots of us are discovering that the sweet icky cider our parents consumed has disappeared. It’s been replaced by a growing army of cider makers..from around the World and best of all – right here in BC.
I had some catching up to do having missed the first BC Cider Festival.
I was delighted to find out that all of the participating ciders would be pouring at The Pipe Shop, foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
(The very shop that my Father, HD “Pat” Mulligan worked in as WW2 was beginning)
I had a hunch that when they opened the main doors at 1:30 it was going to get crazy..and it did.
So, I started early as the tables were being set up and talked to as many Cideries as I could.
You can hear the room get louder and louder as first the staff worked the room, then the cider trade people tasted and finally when the general public came in..I couldn’t even get near the tables and my work was done.
This was such a great learning experience for me. My hope is that it’s the same for you.
There are so many great stories here. Ciders made from blends of apples, heritage apples planted and forgotten about over the years and apples discovered, grown and harvested in Vancouver’s East End.
Backyard apples made into first class Ciders.
I hope you find your new favourite cider in the next hour. Cheers!!
Guests on this week’s Cider festival Special include :
Txotx Imports – Sean Pisio (Organizer)
BC Tree Fruits – Nadine Harrison (asst. winemaker) Kelowna
Kate Pedersen – Left field Cider (Logan Lake)
Naramata Cider Co – Miranda Halliday (co-owner) Naramata
Ward’s Cider – Mike Anderson (cidermaker) Kelowna
Raven’s Moon – Quinn Ehrler (owner and cellar rat) Courtney
Nomad Cider – Brad Klammer (Co-owner) Summerland
Salt Spring Wild Cider – Mike Lachelt & Greda Lattey (co-owners / cidermakers) Salt Spring
Howling Moon Cider – Nik & Kate Durisek (owners / cidermakers) Oliver
Twisted Hills Cider – Kaylan Madeira (owner/cidermaker) Cawston
Cedar Cider – Gabriel Jefferies (co-owner) Hazelmere
Sea Cider – Kristen Needham (founder / cidermaker) Saanichton
Windfall Cider – Jeff Nairn (co-founder) East Vancouver
Dominion Cider – Robin Cairns (co-founder) Summerland
Second Page Samantha Chamberland Courtney/Comox
…and the winners are:
3rd Cedar Cider – Sprig
2nd Nomad – Sparkling Sidra
1st Twisted Hills – Pippens Fate
3rd Second Page – Apple
2nd Sea Cider – Bittersweet
1st Salt Spring – Semi- Dry
3rd Salt Spring Wild – Bitter Orange Rosemary
2nd Merridale – Mo Morrow
1st Dominion – True at First Light
3rd Lonetree – Apple Peach
2nd Merridale – Merri Berri
1st Left Field – Joe Shack
3rd Brickers – Sage, Peppercorn, Thyme
2nd Lonetree – Ginger
1st Saltspring Wild – Ginger Root
STORIES WE’RE WORKING ON:
Margaret Leonardi – Winemaker at Adorada Wines (Mendocino)
Mary McDermott – Winemaker at Township 7
Chef Andrey Durbach – Brings great Italian for Vancouver Island
The first Cowichan Wine Festival
Okanagan Stories from
Bill Eggert Fairview Cellars
Randy Toor Desert Hills/Rajen Toor Ursa Major
Dylan/Penelope Roche Roche Wines
Gordon Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards (#3 in Canada and #1 Small Winery in BC)
And a visit with Joseph Luckhurst from the Canadian Winery of the Year Road 13
The 7th annual Four friends fishing at Gowlland Resort Campbell River
(with Rhys Pender, Chef Mark Filatow, John Weber and meee)