On Sunday, September 27th, I attended Sea Cider’s annual Apple Day. This was a free event located at their cidery in Saanichton, featuring cider and food tastings, live music, tours, apple bobbing, and activities for kids.
This was my first visit to Sea Cider. The event went from 11-4, and when I arrived at 2:30 the place was overflowing with people. In fact there were so many people that I found it hard to get my bearings. I failed to go on one of the hourly tours, but I did manage to taste six different ciders, four different foods, and spend a few happy moments basking in the sun in the apple orchard.
I tasted the ciders in no logical order, which could have been a mistake, but I think I got away with it.
Ruby Rose: rhubarb infused cider. It was nice, not too sweet, with a nice bitter finish. Good.
Pippins: this pale, classic smelling cider tasted of juicy apples, with a tangy finish. Good.
Bramble Bubbly: blackberry infused, with hints of sage and cranberry. Would go well with a turkey. Good.
Flagship: a deceptive nose of apples and rose hips hides the fact that this is their driest and tartest cider. Lots of Granny Smith flavour. Excellent.
Kings & Spies: starts out like a candied apple, then becomes progressively less sweet towards flavours of sourdough bread. Good.
Rum Runner: of the six I tried, this one extracted the best tasting notes from me.
Nose: on the forefront there is molasses, slightly hidden are apples.
Palate: molasses, apple cider vinegar.
Finish: three distinct rapid fire phases. 1) brown sugar, 2) caramel candy apple, 3) molasses and Angostura bitters.
Rating: 4/5 Excellent
I would like to note that the food tastings, though delicious, generated far too much waste. Every little dainty sample came on some sort of a paper or plastic vessel, and some of them also required plastic cutlery. The amount of waste overflowing out of every rubbish bin was quite startling, especially on Vancouver Island, an area that prides itself for sustainability. I hope that in the future, Sea Cider, and the caterers involved, come up with some sort of a better model for food samples. Reusable, real glass tasting goblets were available for the ciders; why not small shatter resistant real plates and cutlery for the food, collected in a bin for washing and reusing?
The age demographics were dominated by families with young kids and grandparents; youth and young adults were hard to find. That being said, I would recommend attending this event next year regardless of your age if you are in any way a fan of apples!