Last year about this time I was contacted by a Chef Chris Haworth about a cider dinner project he had been putting together. As Chris put it he thought Ontario Cidermakers had never been brought together for an event like this. As it turned out they hadn't and as you'll read in Chris' note below the participating cidermakers formed their own cider association.
Over the past few years Ontario wine and cider have both experienced a boom and surge in both interest and consumers. Both are also taking home awards. Quite a few Ontario ciders claimed prizes at last year's Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. While the cidermakers and winemakers are doing their jobs right, I'm sure a little thanks is due to innovative pioneering chefs like Chris who support local artisans and celebrate their craft with the class and pageantry they all deserve.
Well they are doing it all over again and I was just asked to post notice that Ontario's 2nd Annual Cider Tasting Dinner at Spencer's at the Waterfront is happening once again on Sunday March 4th 2012.
Chef Chris Haworth's note.
Sunday 4th March 2012, I will be hosting a dinner at Spencer’s Burlington on the same lines as a ‘winemakers dinner’ but using Ontario’s finest Hard ciders. Last year we had 4 cideries participate and this year we have an astonishing 10! Coffin Ridge, Bains Road, Spirit tree, Beaver valley cider co, Carrick wines and cider, Applewood farm, Pommies dry, Twin Pines, County cider co, Sunnybrook farm. This just reflects how fast this sector has gathered pace in the last 12 months alone. Last year’s dinner saw Ontario cider makers come together for the first time and as a direct result of this the Ontario cider makers association was born.
If you are in or near Ontario and enjoy cider or locally made goods this dinner is for you. You can find more information on my brand new OTC Cider Events & Tastings page.