The Toronto Cider Festival being held in Toronto on Aug. 26 will embody the spirit of true Canadian pride in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday with a waterfront cider celebration at Sherbourne Common near Sugar Beach.
Showcasing more than 70 ciders paired with delicious food, live entertainment and local Canadian talent, the Toronto Cider Festival — Celebrating Canada 150 — will create an ambience where guests can kick back, relax by the water and celebrate the end (yikes!) of summer in true Canadian style.
Guests will have the choice of attending either the day or evening session — each four and a half hours in duration, plus receive 4 sample tokens and a commemorative sampling mug to kick off their cider experience. Organizers have also worked with Coach Canada to shuttle guests from Collingwood and Barrie areas to the day Session of the festival; providing them with the opportunity to avail of the special shuttle combo ticket that includes pick up and drop off service included in their ticket.
All guests will have access to 28 different cideries from the best apple-growing regions in Ontario and across Canada. The serious cider lovers can take advantage of the VIP exclusive hour, providing them with everything that’s included in the evening session along with 6 additional tokens, access to the food & cider pairing session presented by Brickworks Ciderhouse & eFresh Meals and an exclusive meet & greet with local cider makers.
The Toronto Cider Festival will be transforming Toronto’s waterfront park into an attractive representation of Canadian heritage and pride; featuring a Canada 150 Photo Booth, a cottage lounging area and an artisanal market showcasing local craft vendors.
This festival will be one of a kind with the addition of an Art Showdown Competition during the day presented by Dr. Oetker and the return to highly successful Flair Cider Cocktail Bartending Competition at night. ONQ Entertainment will also be returning this year with a live Cover Band during the day and a Jazz Hip Hop band during the VIP Exclusive hour and special entertainment acts throughout the festival; while DJ D-Smooth will be creating the ultimate Party Zone at night ensuring guests are having the time of their lives. There will also be an interactive life-size Game Zone by the water, a cottage lounging area and an outdoor fire pit area presented by Iron Embers.
Guest favourites like the People’s Choice Awards presented by County Cider and the Passport Challenge presented by The Cider House will be back again, along with exciting getaway contests to Prince Edward County with County Cider and Vancouver, B.C. with Lonetree Cider; to support travelling within Canada.
Toronto Cider Festival is partnering with cider companies like Brickworks Ciderhouse, The County Cider Company, Angry Orchard, Lonetree Cider and Strongbow to highlight the growth of cider in recent years. The organization has also been endorsed by the Government of Ontario and is partnering with companies like Wolfe Co. Apparel & Goods, Bass Pro Shops, eFresh Meals and Dr. Oetker that will be contributing towards bringing this festival to life.
A snapshot of the Toronto Cider Festival
Expected attendance: 3,500
Theme: Canada 150 Celebration
Cider Line Up: 28 cider vendors from across Canada bringing more than 70 ciders
• An Art Showdown competition during the day
• A Cider Cocktail Flair Bartending Competition at Night
• A Food and Cider Pairing Session during the VIP Exclusive Hour
• An Artisanal Market showcasing local Canadian crafts & vendors
• A Canadian Photo Booth presented by Angry Orchard
• The Passport Challenge presented by the Cider House
• People’s Choice Awards presented by County Cider
• Exciting contests with chances to win a trip to Prince Edward County and Vancouver, B.C. to encourage travel within Canada
The Toronto Cider Festival has been the catalyst in bringing cider into the spotlight, having organized the largest cider festival in Canada since 2015 with two previously sold-out events and we would like to partner with you to explore promoting the 3rd annual year in your region as well.
For more information and tickets go to the Toronto Cider Festival
Note: Information for this story was provided by the Toronto Cider Festival