For the past few years, Ontario craft ciders have been giving our beers, wines, and spirits a run for their money, and now they have the festival to prove it! Cider Week 2014, brought to life by The Ontario Craft Cider Association, will take place in Toronto from June 2nd�7th 2014.
There will be over 40 different ciders to sip, from 15 of Ontario�s finest cider producers. OCCA co-founder Nick Sutcliffe hopes the festival will help promote and educate people in the city about craft cider: “[OCCA is] scattered all over the province a bit, and not too many of our members are in urban settings,” he said. “We’re trying to put ourselves on the map in Toronto a bit by coming down to where the bars and patios are.”
With events like the Ontario Craft Cider Week and support from the province’s bars, Sutcliffee and the OCCA are hoping to see more local ciders on tap across the province. “We’ve had a lot of support in bars in Toronto from the get-go,” he says, “but next year I imagine most bars will have at least a few Ontario ciders on tap.”
The schedule for the week is as follows:
Monday, June 2. 6pm:
“Meet the Cider Maker” at The Loose Moose. Big kickoff event with 20 Ontario ciders on tap + a chance to meet the cider makers.
Tuesday, June 3. 6pm-10pm:
“Scrumpy Night” at Tequila Bookworm. 12 taps dedicated to alternative and funky Ontario ciders paired with appropriately “funky” food.
Wednesday, June 4. 6pm until late:
“Flight Night” at WVRST.Choose 1 of 3 bespoke cider flights paired with food by the WVRST kitchens. 17 taps and 1 cask dedicated to Ontario ciders.
Thursday, June 5. 6pm-10pm:
“Buck a shuck oysters, charcuterie and cider” at Bar Hop. The name pretty much says it all. 10 taps and 2 casks dedicated to Ontario cider. Charcuterie will be provided by Hogtown Charcuterie, & the oysters by Oyster Boy.
Friday, June 6. 6pm-9pm:
“Pig toast and tasting seminar” at The Only Cafe. Pig Roast by the Niagara Chefs Alliance and tutored cider tastings by Zach Littlejohn (the in-house sommelier) on the patio. 12 taps of cider and a rare bottle list.
Saturday, June 7. All day:
“Tap takeover” at barVolo. On Saturday, 30 taps at barVolo will be pouring Ontario ciders + 6 casks. Ticketed event. There will be a 12-4 pm session and a 5-9 pm session. Ticket includes a commemorative glass and individual drink tickets will be sold separately. There will be food from a handful of as-yet-unnamed restaurants in the city and a limit of just 100 tickets per session will be sold. Pricing information will be available closer to the event date.