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A Huge Cider Festival Is Taking Over Complexe Desjardins Next Weekend

Move over wine and beer because cider is here!

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  • The Mondial des Cidres SAQ is back for its 13th edition.
  • The event will be taking place during Montréal en Lumière from February 28 to March 1, 2020.
  • Enjoy 3 days of all things cider, including tastings, workshops, and culinary experiences to dazzle your taste buds.

In a world where beer and wine too often get all the attention, the uniquely delicious cider is often overlooked and only appreciated by those in the know. Well, the always-spectacular Mondial des Cidres SAQ wants to change that.

Back for its 13th edition, the Mondial is on a serious mission to not only put the spotlight on cider but also show us just how amazing this beverage really is!

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Taking place during the final weekend of Montréal en Lumière, the city’s annual celebration of culture and gastronomy, the Mondial des Cidres SAQ will be hosted in La Grande-Place at Complexe Desjardins for three fun-filled days of all things cider, including not only tastings but also workshops and culinary experiences to delight everyone's taste buds.

Whether you’re already a big fan (and rightly so!) or just curious to try something new, the Mondial des Cidres SAQ definitely has something for everyone, so round up your friends and hit up this can't-miss event from Friday, February 28 to Sunday, March 1!

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Discover the diversity of flavours and unique notes of cider at the different sampling stations, where producers will be able to give you the low-down on how it’s made and its specific characteristics.

While you’re sampling on the exquisiteness that is cider, you’ll also be able to take part in the Académie du Cidre. In groups of fifty, an expert cider producer will help familiarize you with local products and give you tips on awesome food pairings.

New this year, there will be a special Gastronomy Station, where a local chef will be honouring the many subtleties of cider by masterly combining its flavours with delicious bites and grilled-cheese sandwiches all weekend long.

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As an added bonus, to really put you in the spirit of Montréal en Lumière, Mondial des Cidres SAQ is also hosting three extra-special events that you won’t want to miss!

On Friday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., an elegant soirée called "Chic, le cidre!" will be organized with refreshing ciders, gourmet tapas, and live jazz and soul music by Sarah Dagenais-Hakim and her talented musicians. On Saturday night from 9 p.m. to midnight, you can check out all the festivities during Nuit Blanche, and get your groove on with DJ Abeille while enjoying cider-inspired cocktail creations. At 11 a.m. on Sunday morning, an exclusive brunch will be offered by L'Épicerie Urbaine Masson to properly cap off the weekend — with cider-based mimosas, of course. Just a few extra reasons to love Montréal En Lumière and indulge in the greatness of sweet cider!

From February 20 until March 1, SAQ connoisseurs will set up SAQ Origine Québec kiosk at the Place des Festivals to showcase the latest cider trends and impress with fabulous cocktails for your enjoyment.

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13th Edition of the Mondial des Cidres SAQ

Price: $20 for pre-sale passes.

Date: Friday, February 28 (5 p.m. to 9 p.m.), Saturday, February 29 (noon to midnight), and Sunday, March 1 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Address: Grande Place in the Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St. W, Montreal, QC H2X 3Y2.

Why You Need To Go: To sample tasty bites expertly paired with ciders from across the province, and delight in the world of cider with various special events and Nuit Blanche festivities included!

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Reduced-price tickets for the Mondial des Cidres SAQ are still available until February 27, so don’t miss out! You can also follow the event on Facebook and Instagram.

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