Celebrate the fall harvest with Merridale and 14 other fabulous craft cideries from across BC. Visit the farm on Sunday, October 1st from 1 to 5:00pm to sample delicious farm crafted ciders from around the province. Participating cideries are listed below.
Tickets now on sale! General Admission is $15 and includes 6 tasting tokens and a souvenir tasting glass. Designated drivers are free! Additional drink tokens, as well as food tokens, will be available for purchase at the event. Finger foods will be served from the Merridale kitchen. We've also arranged for a shuttle service from Victoria through Wilson's Transportation.* For an additional $20, you can get picked up at Uptown in Victoria at 12pm, take the scenic drive over the Malahat, and be delivered safely back to Uptown by 6pm. Now that's worth signing up for.
This event is part of Savour Cowichan Festival, taking place September 29th to October 8th.
*Merridale reserves the right to cancel the shuttle up to 48 hours prior to the event if an insufficient number of seats are booked.
Salt Spring Wild Cider
Salt Spring Island, BC
Our ciders are made with the wild apples and pears that grow on Salt Spring Island, and with apples from regional organic orchards. We never add any water. Our process involves slow-fermenting single varieties and allowing each to mature until it has fully developed. The ciders are then carefully blended for complexity and depth of flavor; our Dry and Semi-Dry ciders are each blends of over 10 different apple varieties! While the blending process is crucial (and arduous), the special character of our cider is due to the wealth of heritage cider apples that grow on Salt Spring, and to our commitment to making fully organic ciders. In general, you'll find that we tend to make our ciders quite dry, with delicate flavors (including our berry and plum ciders), and that's the way we like them!
Howling Moon Craft Cider
Howling Moon Ciders are rooted in BC and made with love using a blend of fresh pressed heritage and dessert apple varieties. We are located on Hwy 97 just north of Oliver, BC.
Left Field Cider
Logan Lake, BC
Left Field Cider is a family owned and operated craft cider company run by sisters Kate Garthwaite and Theresa Pedersen. Located on their family ranch north of Merritt, Left Field Cider produces full juice ciders which reflect the natural characteristics of the apples and pears from which they are made.
Tod Creek Craft Cider
Victoria's newest Craft Cider maker. We are a farm based micro-cidery producing quality craft cider from apples sourced locally and throughout BC.
Scenic Road Cider
Scenic Road Cider Co. is nestled among the rolling hills and orchards of the Okanagan Valley, overlooking the shimmering lake below. We grow many of the apples found in our ciders, which are made exclusively from locally-sourced tree fruit. Artisanal, authentic, always. From our backyard to your bottle.
Gabbies Premium Ciders
Gabriola Island, BC
Gabbies Traditional Dry Style Ciders are perfected by Gabriola Island’s own Ravenskill Orchards. Crisp, complex and always delicious, our master cidermakers have created dry sparkling ciders using a blend of heritage russet and cider apples, grown at our unique island location. Aged for 18 months, Gabbies cider pours golden in the glass. One sip and the crisp complexity shines through. These ciders wrap up with a fine effervescence fused with a subtle spicy edge thanks those heritage russets. Try our three premium ciders: award winning Gabbies Real Dry, Gabbies Semi Dry, and Gabbies Vintage Premium russet cider, available on tap.
Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse
We are a family-owned, community-minded orchard and ciderhouse. We grow organic cider apples and strive to produce award-winning cider. We are a small farm with a big heart and aim to deliver an exceptional experience. We think cider is for celebrating and cider is worth celebrating, so raise a glass of Sea Cider, and let our ciders tease your senses!
Naramata Cider Co
Founded by Miranda + Del Halladay of Elephant Island Winery to celebrate the wealth of fruit and the hard working, farming proud spirit that their home community of Naramata, BC is built on. Naramata Cider Co. believes wholeheartedly that the apples and pears we grow in the Okanagan build beautiful ciders – we work with fruit that grows well in our soil and is grown better by our contributing local farmers.
Twisted Hills Craft Cider
Established in 2012 in Cawston, the heart of Similkameen Wine Country, Twisted Hills Craft Cider is the first and only stand alone cidery in the Similkameen Valley. Jo Schneider a 5th generation orchardist grew up in Cawston and Kaylan Madeira a 1st generation Canadian grew up in Oliver. Both grew up on the family farm and in 2008 they planted their own acreage in cider specific apple varieties, dessert apples, pears and a few cherries.
Summerland Heritage Cider Co
We are a farm-based craft cidery located in beautiful Summerland, BC. Founded by three orchardists with a passion for apple growing, we believe that quality apples are the foundation for great tasting cider. This year, the torch has been passed to the second generation of cider makers, and we now offer several unique varieties to ensure there is a cider for everyone.
Twin Island Cider
Pender Island, BC
We are a farm-based cidery specializing in natural fermentation, using heirloom apples we hand-pick and shake out of the many tall, old fruit trees growing around Pender Island. Our range of dry, small batch ciders highlight the unique varieties we find in old orchards and homesteads, varying year to year with our local supply.
Blue Moon Winery + Ciderworks (Raven's Moon Craft Cider)
We will be showcasing up to 6 varieties of Dry Ciders made with 100% BC fruit and brewed in Courtenay, British Columbia.
Faustino Estate Cidery is located in Osoyoos - in Canada's only pocket desert - and home to the country's best quality apples, pears, peaches and cherries. For decades, Portuguese families have been passionate about growing premium quality fruit on this rich soil. We are proudly carrying on the tradition of sustainable family farming.
Dominion Cider Company
Small batch craft cider made with heirloom apples in summerland B.C.
More cideries will be posted as they are confirmed!