Crafting the Perfect Pairing for Cider Making in Nova Scotia
Julie Glaser, Ross Farm Museum, Hwy #12, New Ross
Ross Farm Museum and Muwin Estate Wines are launching ‘Cider Days’, a weekend of activities on October 22 and 23, that focus on the centuries-old craft of cider making, but with a twist – they want the public to participate in the creation of a new product, ‘The People’s Cider’. Muwin, who produces the award-winning Bulwark brand ciders, in partnership with Ross Farm Museum, want more Nova Scotians to be aware of the myriad heritage varieties of apples still growing unattended in many fields throughout the province. These apples are the most sought after for cider production, rich in tannins and acidity, but not often suitable for eating. Many of these varieties would be French, English, and German in origin.
For Cider Days, the Ross Farm Museum will roll out its antique cider press on exhibition and host activities for learning about heritage variety apples, orchard maintenance, cider making (hard and sweet), and the cooperage industry. Nova Scotians are encouraged to harvest their old apple trees and bring their bushels of apples to Ross Farm Museum from October 19 – 23 to be gathered for pressing back at Bulwark headquarters, just down the road. In January 2017, apple-givers will receive a People’s Cider Membership and launch invitation to celebrate the collective achievement.
“Since we started this venture, I’ve wanted to do a community-crafted People’s Cider,” says Germain Bergeron, co-owner of Muwin Estate Wines. “Nova Scotia has such a rich history with the apple. We want to bottle that for them.” If people are unable to deliver their apples during Cider Days, or if they have a variety that ripens later, arrangements can be made directly with Bulwark for pick up or later drop off.