The Ontario Craft Cider Association (OCCA) has appointed June its first ever Cider Month, thanks to unprecedented development, particularly over the previous decade. Sales of Ontario craft ciders rose from $1 million to $11 million between 2012 and 2017, according to the OCCA. The number of craft cideries selling products through the LCBO was risen from just under five to over 30 during the same era.
It was Cider Week before, but now that cider is so large, it makes only sense to do it for a whole month. More than a dozen restaurants and bars will offer sampling of fresh and limited-release ciders and food pairings from June 1 to June 30.
The LCBO will also host tastings of cider. With an inaugural craft cocktail party at Toronto’s Burroughs Building, with a cider-based cocktail from local craft manufacturers, the month-long celebration will be capped off.
On the eve of Cider Month, joint investments were announced by the federal and provincial governments to further increase Ontario’s cider industry development.
The investment includes:
$130,175 for Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery to buy and install a sophisticated cider manufacturing glycol chilling and piping system to assist decrease power consumption expenses by 50%, and a new sewage treatment scheme to assist decrease disposal expenses and eliminate sewage.
$70,661 for Fielding Estate Winery to buy a fresh processing machine to set up three fresh product lines to enhance the ability of cider apple processing.
Read more about the first ever Canadian Cider Month at the CBC.