The foundation of the agriculture industry here in Kelowna began on lush orchards offering top quality tree fruits for the community. Cideries have found a way to promote the natural attributes of the Okanagan apple by transforming them into a delicious drink.
Apples, as well as other tree fruits, have made a smashing introduction to the local beverage scene. The demand for this fruity libation calls for a celebration and the Okanagan Craft Cider Festival (held during BC Cider Week April 29 - May 7) heralds its arrival! Hosted by BC Tree Fruit Cider Company on Saturday, May 6th (between 12 and 4 pm). Mark this day on your calendar for a day full of fun tastings and general cidery deliciousness. Get your tickets here.
While cider fest is only one week out the year. You can always check out the local cideries and plan your own cider tour! Long live the apple!
Scenic Road Cider Co.
Where they grow most of the apples right on the orchard property.
BC Tree Fruit Cider Company
Taste the amazing range of Broken Ladder Ciders – all made with apples from the local growers of the BC Tree Fruit Co-op! The Apple & Hops version is amazing. You may also want to check out their newly released Pears & Peaches Cider also handcrafted from local fruit.
Tree Brewing Beer Institute
They don't only make beer, they also create a cider line called Duke’s Cider.
Wards Cider at The View Winery
Run by the great-granddaughter of one of the Okanagan’s pioneer apple growers, George Washington Ward, the tasting room is in the original packinghouse and remains on one of the original orchards.
Double Cross Cidery at Function Junction Fruit Stand
In a lovely orchard setting. This cidery specializes in delicious Iced Cider, and also has fresh apple juice for sale.
Remember to always look on the bright cider of life.
Jennifer Schell is a writer, editor of BC Food & Wine Trails Magazine and internationally award winning author of three cookbooks titled: The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine & Cheese Maker. Born and raised on an orchard in East Kelowna, Jennifer’s family roots run deep in agriculture. An advocate for all things local, she focusses on shining the spotlight on the people of the food, wine and farm scene.