The best day of the year for cider lovers is coming at the end of April: family-owned Wards Cider will be celebrating BC Cider Week by hosting the Okanagan Cider Festival.
The magic will happen April 28, from 1-5 p.m. at Wards, which is also the home of The View Winery in southeast Kelowna.
With as many as 20 cideries pouring their finest selections, guests can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides through the orchard, live modern bluegrass music with Viper Central, and a choice of upscale mobile food vendors.
It promises to be the event of the year for cider aficionados or anyone who wants to be one.
Wards Cider is located in the orchard the family first put down roots a century ago, representing a living tradition that began in 1918.
Five generations later, the family business still operates out of an historic apple packinghouse located on Kelowna’s southeast bench.
Over the decades, Wards has learned a lot about apples and cidermaking. The family has come to appreciate how tree-ripened, traditional cider apples are the best way to start.
They have also learned how a slow, cool ferment—with champagne yeast—is the best way to finish. Wards grows the apples, crafts the ciders and bottles it all on site.
This summer, two new ciders will be introduced. A sangria cider, bringing cider apples together with wine grapes, is a celebration of the how Wards and The View Winery are one and the same. Also new this year is a hopped cider called Frostbite.
The Ward family says it’s proud to be part of the exciting recent growth in the popularity of cider in the Okanagan region.
With fine new craft cideries starting up all over B.C., it will be a rare treat to have so many of them represented in one place, at the Okanagan Cider Festival. The festival is a great opportunity to sample what’s out there, celebrate the differences and choose your favourites.
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