Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

Photo from Left Field Cider Co. website

There’s a new trend in craft beer in British Columbia and it’s not beer—it’s cider.

Two brand-new B.C. ciders will hit Vancouver liquor store shelves in April. As the interest in craft cider gains traction, expect more options in bars and restaurants throughout the summer.

Here are a few that are new to the market, plus a fun event on March 21 where you can sample not only ciders but an array of gluten-free beer.

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Trend to try: Vancouver’s new craft ciders

Apples for the whole family at this weekend’s Apple Festival

Photo credit: Ed Ng

Photo credit: Ed Ng

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away imagine the health benefits of sampling over 60 different apples in a day?

Expand your apple tasting and health horizons with cultivars like Belle de Boskoop or Vanderpool Red this weekend at the UBC Botanical Garden and Center for Plant Research’s annual Apple Festival.

Each year over 22,000 kilograms of apples are sold at the Apple Festival. That’s equivalent to a pod of four killer whales or a short parade of 12 vintage Volkswagen Beetles. That’s a lot of apple sauce, apple pie and apple cider.

Festival attendees can taste less common apple types such as the Winter Banana or stick to the classics like Honeycrisp or Gala. For the wee ones, there will be musicians, puppeteers and story tellers  to keep them entertained (accompanied by an adult, of course) before or after you debate whether to grab a box of Golden Russets or Wolf Rivers.

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Apples for the whole family at this weekend’s Apple Festival