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By Catherine Dunwoody Vancouver Craft Beer Week is the annual summer beer festival. Now in its 9th year, (VCBW) Festival returns to the PNE Fairgrounds on June 2 and 3. Not a beer lover? Gotta drink gluten-free? Keep reading. The BC Farm Crafted Cider Association has created a brand new “cider row”, and you don’t want to miss out. Some to check out: Merridale Cidery & Distillery from Cobble Hill on Vancouver Island is pouring house craft cider, their Mexican-inspired Jalisco, Lime, Merri Berri and a juicy Mo’ Moro Dry Hopped Blood Orange. Vancouver’s own 33 Acres Brewery is proud to pour their 33 Acres Of Cid3r house cider, which is their interpretation of an old English scrumpy. Howling Moon Craft Cider is serving up their refreshing Cucumber Mint Maker’s Series, made with cucumber and lime, and both their semi-dry and dry craft ciders from the Okanagan Valley. Also from the Okanagan…

Not a beer fan and feel like you miss out on all the festival fun this summer? We get you. Or at least the organizers of the third annual BC Cider Week do. If you love the crisp, fresh tang of an icy cold cider one on a spring day, then this fest is just for you. The best place to view events and updates is the festival’s Facebook page, but one event we’ve bookmarked is Surrey’s Central City Brewers and Distillers tap-takeover at their Beatty Street location. Wednesday, May 3rd, the brewpub will be serving 12 different BC ciders on tap, including their own seasonal Hopping Mad Mosaic Hop Apple Cider. This particular cider is dry-hopped, using the tropical flavoured, mosaic hop that provides notes of mango and citrus. Admission is free. Drink tickets extra. Here’s to cider and spring sipping!

By Catherine Dunwoody Owner Rachel Bolongaro was a chemical engineer for 20 years in Switzerland at a pharmaceutical company, which she claims was “quite useful,” when it comes to running her Fraser Valley Cider business. “I figured that if I could do that I could probably whip up a batch of cider,” she laughs, “I’ve always been a home brewer/winemaker and I decided to take this idea further and start my own cidery.” “There are cideries in the Okanagan and on the Island but nothing here on the Lower Mainland.  My engineering training has been invaluable when it came to project managing the construction of the cidery and navigating the regulations and permitting requirements,” she says.  “We’ve also been able to engineer most of our own equipment which has saved us considerable amounts in our set up costs.  And of course when something goes wrong its super-fun to roll up my…