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Food Trends TV: Hard Cider | Food Bloggers of Canada

I chose hard cider as a topic for this week’s Food Trends TV segment because it’s an amazing example of something that had to wait for its time to trend up. Just like cupcakes -- which lingered in the baking background for decades before they became ‘all the rage’ -- hard cider was always there but didn’t flourish until the time was just right.

I had two formative cider experiences in my early twenties. The first was in France where my mother and I discovered the low alcohol, unfiltered farm house ciders of Normandy – delicious! Each one was unique and distinctive to the farm where it was produced. A couple of years later I visited a friend who was studying in Scotland. There I discovered the amazing variety of local sparkling ciders being brewed and sold at Scottish corner pubs. Coming back to Canada I missed these wonderful drinks and always wondered why, in a province like Ontario where apple trees flourished, I had to buy imported cans of Strong Bow if I wanted to enjoy a hard cider.

Fast forward a couple of decades and a true cider culture has suddenly blossomed not just where I live but also in many other provinces and states in North America. Cider has finally arrived!


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Dana McCauley is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in all facets of the food business and a track record of taking ideas from concept to kitchen to commercialization. Recently Dana launched a YouTube channel called Food Trends TV. Weekly on Food Trends TV she examines current food trends in her own original videos; daily she curates great quality food trend content created by others in the Playlist section. Dana is a recovering cookbook author, blogger and food trend correspondent for morning shows such as Breakfast Television and Canada AM. Follow @DanaMccauley on twitter for daily insights about her dog and for breaking news about what she’s making for dinner.

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Helene Meurer

Hi Dana!
Great to see your video segment on my fave alcoholic beverage 🙂 Here in BC we’ve been drinking cider for years but as you said, it’s only more recently that we have seen more artisanal ciders evolve. I am most partial to the dry ciders, and the dryest of the dry. imho the best dry ciders in BC are from See Cider. They even make one without sulphites which is extremely rare. Their seasonal ciders are outstanding and contain higher alcohol by volume than most. And no, I don’t work for them and have never even met these people. I just love how they make dry cider. Another good dry is from Left Field Cider Co., also in BC.

When I was last in Ontario I sampled an excellent cider from Quebec but sadly can not remember its name. While the Eastern provinces sure do produce some good ciders, I hope you and your viewers will one day experience what’s crafted here on the left coast too 🙂

Cheers from Vancouver Island 🙂

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