If you like cider, you have zero excuses for not being at the Toronto Cider Festival on August 27 at Yonge Dundas Square.
The weather is (probably) going to be 3-showers-a-day hot and humid, so what better way to remind yourself that thirst can still be quenched than trying some of the country’s (and the world’s) best cider with a lot of other parched Torontonians.
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If you still need convincing, here are 8 reasons you should definitely be there:
1. You can choose from 20 vendors and 40 different ciders
Vendors come from all across the country and beyond. Come check out:
The County Cider Company, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Magners Irish Cider, Pommies Cider Co., Thornbury, Shiny Apple, Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Ironwood Cider, Forbidden Dry Cider, Duxbury Cider Co., Double Trouble Grow A Pear, Magnotta Brewing Co., Shiny Apple Cider, Ernest Cider, Lonetree Authentic Dry Cider, KW Cider, Wanderoot, Savanna Cider, Heritage Estates Cidery, Calvados Boulard.
Phew. That made us thirsty…
2. There’s a cottage theme
Finally, the cottage is coming to you! Seriously, there will be Muskoka chairs, canoes, wooden logs and barrels. No need to drive for hours to get those cottage country vibes this weekend.
3. You could win a trip for 2 to Ireland with Magners
Before you ask, yes, we’re available to go. Just leave us a comment here when you’ve won and we’ll start packing.
4. You could win a weekend in Prince Edward County with The County Cider Company
Not only is PEC one of the best new spots for everything from cider to wine, it’s only a couple hours from Toronto.
5. Yes, there’s a photo booth. Yes, that means more stuff to win.
Angry Orchard likes selfies just as much as you do, and they’ll give you stuff for it. We’re practicing our angry face selfie right now.
6. Everything you’d want to eat with cider will be there
Think Mustache Burger, wood oven pizzas from Aristocaters, fusion tacos by SnakAtak, and East African BBQ from Pili Pili.
7. Live music, of course!
It’s time to party! Stereo Flavour, Sevens, and DJ D Smooth will be there.
8. There’s going to be a Flair Cider cocktail competition
So bring your A-game.
Tickets are $30 and there are two sessions to choose from: 11:30am – 4pm or 6-10:30pm. That’ll get you 4 sample tokens and a commemorative cup. The VIP session goes 5-10:30pm and tickets are $60, which gets you 10 tokens and early access at 5pm. VIPs will also be treated to a food and cider sampling session led by Doris Bradley who used to be the general manager of the 360 CN Tower restaurant.