On Saturday, August 25th, I had the pleasure of being in attendance at Toronto’s Cider Festival. This was an event I’d hoped to go to for many years, and I finally had the opportunity. The festival took place at Sherbourne Commons, near the waterfront in Toronto. The area was set up with many cider tents, a photo booth, a mechanical bull, merchandise tables and more. When I arrived I picked up an awesome swag bag, my sample glass and of course, the drink tokens!
Now here was the hard part…which ciders to try? I ended up trying 5 different ciders and one brandy. The first cider I tried was Lonetree’s Peach Apple Cider. This cider is made in British Columbia so it is not out in Ontario stores…yet. This cider was a semi-dry with a nice peach flavour and subtle hints of apple. The second cider was Chudleigh Farm’s apple cider which had an overall sweet apple taste. The third was Ernest’s blueberry cider (which was one I’d been waiting to try FOREVER). I was not disappointed as the cider was filled with the taste of fresh blueberries and was not overpowering in terms of sweetness. The buzz on this cider is that Ernest sweetens their drinks with pure local honey. In between these ciders and the next my sister (who was my lucky guest) decided she needed to embarrass me and ride the mechanical bull. We also had the chance to see an incredible bartending competition…who knew one could pour a drink while balancing the cup on their head? I don’t recommend trying it at home.
Next, I tried Duntroon Cyder House’s Raindance cider. Raindance is an apple cider infused with rhubarb. In terms of an apple cider it had a full apple taste, but unfortunately, it lacked the tartness I expected. Last but not least, I tried Coffin Ridge’s Forbidden Pink cider. This cider is a raspberry flavoured cider and was my absolute favourite out of all of the ones I tried. The Coffin Ridge winery is open 7 days a weak in Meaford area and I hope to check it out soon (I mean how can I not now that I’m obsessed with one of their ciders?). Overall I had a positive in=cider experience at Toronto’s Cider Festival!