With Washington Cider Week behind us, Washington State cider fans don’t have too many more events to look forward to until 2016. However, there is one more cider celebrating coming up that wouldn’t be too difficult for someone from Washington to attend. I’m speaking, of course, about BC Cider Week, which is set to kick off next Saturday, October 17th – presented by the Northwest Cider Association.
This is the inaugural year for BC Cider Week; an eight day craft cider celebration with cider tastings, tap takeovers and festivities taking place throughout British Columbia, Canada.
Here is the full press release from the Northwest Cider Association:
Vancouver Island, British Columbia – October 7, 2015 – The Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) prepares for the first annual BC Cider Week, an eight day craft cider celebration with cider tastings, tap takeovers and festivities taking place throughout British Columbia.
The official BC Cider Week kick-off event, A Cider Social, takes place Sunday, October 18 from 2 – 6- p.m. at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse on Vancouver Island. This tasting-style event with local food purveyors and live music will present a variety of Northwest ciders, including BC selections from Tod Creek Craft Cider (Victoria), Merridale Ciderworks (Cobble Hill), and Sea Cider. Additional Northwest cideries include Oregon’s Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland) and Anthem (Salem), as well as Washington’s Finnriver (Chimacum), and Tieton Cider Works (Yakima.
Additional cider week highlights include the University of British Columbia Apple Festival on October 17-18 with heirloom apple tastings of 60 varieties, display of over 200 apple varieties and more; a Local Cider Masterclass at Cascadia Courtenay on October 20; a complimentary BC Craft Cider Tasting at Marquis Cellars in Vancouver on October 21; the opportunity to “Name a Cider Tree” at Tod Creek Craft Cider for those who visit the tasting room between October 17-25. Don’t’ miss the craft cider tap takeovers in Victoria at Spinnakers from Oct. 17-25 and at Moon Under Water Brew Pub on October 22.
“We have seen truly amazing growth in British Columbia’s cider industry, with some really innovative styles and products,” said Sherrye Wyatt, executive director of the Northwest Cider Association. “Cider lovers throughout the Northwest won’t want to miss these festivities and the chance to meet the makers of truly premium products.”
Watch the calendar at www.nwcider.com as events are added. When applicable, tickets and reservations are strongly encouraged for some events, such as the BC Cider Week Kick-off and cidermaker dinners. Follow along via @NWCider and #BCCiderWeek15. BC Cider Week is sponsored by Sip NW and CIDERCRAFT.
About Northwest Cider Association
Founded in 2010, the Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) brings cideries and cider lovers together to learn, experience and enjoy the Northwest cider culture. Representing more than 70 commercial cidermakers from throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia, the group is dedicated to supporting, promoting and growing this thriving industry. NWCA hosts cider-themed events, including Cider Rite of Spring, Summer Cider Day, and Cider Weeks in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. For more information about the Northwest Cider Association, visit www.nwcider.com, or follow the growing organization on Facebook andTwitter (@nwcider).
While the official BC Cider Week kick-off event, A Cider Social, takes place Sunday, October 18 at Sea Cider Farm and Ciderhouse on Vancouver Island, a variety of events are taking place throughout the week. A complete calendar appears at www.nwcider.com/bccw-events. The kickoff is just over a week away, so you’d better start planning now.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.