Ontario Cider Competitions

Ontario's Finest Sweet Apple Cider

OFVC is pleased to present the Sweet Apple Cider competition featuring producers from across the province. Entries must be made with 100% Ontario grown apples. Judging is provided by a group of industry experts and is open for OFVC participants to watch and learn. The top three products are rewarded with plaques with the 1st place winner receiving the exclusive bragging rights to the claim "Ontario's best sweet cider" for a year!

Competition is open to Ontario businesses only. Registration is required to enter this competition and limited to the first 15 entries.

Please deliver two (2) 4-L unlabeled jugs of cider (thawed). Labels may be attached with an elastic to the cider desk beside registration at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at Scotiabank Convention Centre between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Please note: Only Ontario cider producers are eligible, one entry per mill. Can be custom pressed. Cider must be made with 100% Ontario grown apples.

See the registration page for complete information.

Ontario's Finest Cider Competition

OFVC is pleased to present the Cider competition featuring Ontario cider businesses from across the province. A commercial producer for the purpose of this competition is considered a producer with a manufacturer's license issued by Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO). Entry specifications:

  • Made from 100% Ontario grown apples (exclusive of added ingredients in the specialty category)
  • Carbonated (either naturally or artificially will be accepted)
  • Alcohol content between 4 – 7%
  • Residual sugar between 10 – 50 grams/litre
  • PH 3.3 – 3.8

Ontario's Finest Cider competition allows for entries in two different categories: Common cider and Specialty/Flavoured Cider.

Competition is open to Ontario businesses only. Registration is required to enter this competition and limited to the first 15 entries.

Please deliver your entry to the cider desk beside registration at the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention at Scotiabank Convention Centre between 8:30 and 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. Alternatively, you can have your craft cider shipped by February 14 (at the latest) to:
Ontario Apple Growers
1634 South Service Road,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 6P9
Attn: Kelle Neufeld

Each entry must include a minimum of 3 x 750 ml bottles (or equivalent). It is suggested that at least two containers are entered (regardless of size). This gives the judges the opportunity to sample your products at their freshest. The second bottle may also be used by judges should they perceive a problem with the contents of the first bottle.

See the registration page for complete information.

Past Winners

2020
Sweet Cider
1st - Delhaven Orchards
2nd - Campbell’s Orchards
3rd - Bennett’s Apples and Cider
Common Craft Cider
1st - Apple Cider by Vieni Estates Winery & Cidery
2nd - Heeman’s Apple Cider
3rd - ‘Top Dog Cider’ by Hounds of Erie Winery
Specialty Cider
1st - ‘Dog House Hard Cider’ by Hounds of Erie Winery
2nd - ‘Thornbury Cranberry Apple Cider’ by Thornbury Village Cider House
3rd - ‘Wassail’ by Two Blokes Cider

2019
Sweet Cider
1st - Spirit Tree Estate Cidery
2nd - Brantview Apples & Cider
3rd - Delhaven Apples & Cider
Common Cider
1st - Best in Show, Hounds of Erie Winery
2nd - Ardiel Dry Cider, Georgian Hills Vineyards
3rd - Hex Press Dry Cider, Two Blokes Cider
Specialty Cider
1st - Strawberry Craft Cider, Heritage Estate Winery & Cidery
2nd - Tart Cherry Cider, Ironwood Hard Cider
3rd - Wild Blueberry Elderflower Cider, Thornbury Village Craft Cider & Beer

2018
Sweet Cider
1st - Bennett's Apples
2nd - Campbell's Orchards
3rd - Al Ferri & Sons
Common Cider
1st - Hounds of Erie - Top Dog
2nd - Twin Pines Cider - Hammer Bent Red
3rd - Bonnieheath Farm - Folkin' Hard Fresh Apple
Specialty Cider
1st - Bonnieheath Farm - True Blue Apple Blueberry Lavender Cider
2nd - Blueblerry Hill - Fighter Cider
3rd - Thornbury Village Cidery & Brewery - Cranberry Cider