Oh, Cider Fest, why do you have to come and go so quickly? I kid you not readers, it’s my fave night of the summer. I love cider, I love being outside, and I love live music…which Toronto’s Cider Fest has!
On Friday, Vicki and I headed straight from work to join our friends in the cider festivities. We got to attend the country night, a new addition, and the weather was PERFECT.
I’ve said it before, but my goodness I love this location SO much more than the previous. It used to be held at Yonge and Dundas Square, but being down at the water at Sherbourne Commons makes it feel like you’re out of the city, which I always love on a summer night.
And this year was extra fun because we had so many friends join us! Seriously, Vicki and I were gathering friends from work and outside of work to join us. Granted, I spent most of my night racing around and attempting to line dance, but they all had a great time and that’s all that matters.
This year my main mission was to take pictures BEFORE it got dark…and I failed, mostly. I know this is also because we’re getting so close to fall and that breaks my heart a little bit, and it’s true that apples always remind me of
fall. Even when they’re in alcohol form.
Anyway, as soon as we got there I KNOW I had to snap a quick OOTD shot before I drank all the cider my heart could handle. See, I was torn on what to wear. Basically, I just wanted pockets, and I wanted a slight country flair…and I wanted to be comfy. BUT I was going straight from work! It was a pickle, to say the least.
So I went with a white off-the-shoulder top from Forever 21 that has a lot of lace details. This was my country flair, I’m not sure WHY eyelet details remind me of country but they do! The skirt was a bold choice, but this navy Joe Fresh skirt has pockets so it was perfect. And to top it all off-white Keds. The comfort factor.
So with that snapped and sorted, plus a super cute group shot that a friend took, it was time to hit the booths. We each had our keepsake cup (a mason jar!), four tokens, a map, and the passport, We were ready.
Picking what cider to try is a serious mission. There are dry ones, sour ones (my faves), sweet, and everything in between. I came up with two faves this year, even though one was a brand that I’ve recently discovered outside of the festival.
Eden Grove had a DELISH pear cider, that was refreshing and not too tart or sweet, it was just perfect. I think every single person I was with that night tried it and loved it! You could also try the cider as a slushie and I regret not going back to try it!
My second fave, and would be my first if I hadn’t already loved it, was the blueberry cider from Ernest. My goodness gracious, if you haven’t tried it then please just go and buy some right now. You will not regret it and you’ll thank me later, I’m sure of it.
This year I didn’t try any of the food, and that was truly because I was too busy with the drinks and fun activities. The live band was so good and while it was country night, and I’m not the biggest country fan, they did covers of pop country songs that I think everyone loves. like my girl Shania, who doesn’t love Shania?
I attempted to line dance but my goodness I was bad. Really bad. Like step on my feet, and someone else kinda bad. So now at least I know that dancing in a line is not as easy as it seems.
And then there was the bull. Yes, I rode the bull.
When I got there I declared that I wouldn’t do it because A) I know I’m not graceful, B) I was in a skirt and C) I’m a chicken. Well apparently if you get enough cider in me, none of those things matter. I literally had to be lifted on because I could not figure out how to get up, and I lasted longer than most ONLY because a friend was telling the controller to take it easy on me…that’s how bad they all knew it was going to go. But it was worth the laugh and I don’t regret it…slightly. I’m still a little sore.
It was truly one of my favourite nights of the entire summer and I can already say that I’m excited for next year!