We continue from Canada.
Appleseed Orchard is a new Marketplace this year. Canada’s Circle-Vision 360 film, “O Canada!” is currently closed, so you’ll actually find Appleseed inside that theater.
I was looking forward to the Orchard more than just about any other Marketplace, thanks to the promise of an indoor, air-conditioned space. In my mind, I assumed that these rows of wood railings would be removed in favor of tables and chairs. This is obviously not the case as the railings still run the length of the theater. This makes it awkward for a number of reasons. First, it’s a bit difficult to move about the theater with people standing in most rows and no way to go around them without awkwardly passing. People are also facing both directions, so as you stand there drinking your cider or eating your charcuterie, you may well have someone two feet away staring right back at you as they do the same. Turn around and face the other direction, and there will probably be somebody else right there staring back at you, too. Worse, it’s probably me. Just wondering if I can have a sip.
Things are also a bit confusing with seven different wines, two wine flights, and a lone Charcuterie Board available from the “Appleseed Orchard Wine Bar.”
Then the Appleseed Orchard Cider Bar offers Popcorn, a Frozen Apple Pie that doesn’t necessarily stipulate whether it’s a drink, three beers, three ciders, a cocktail, and then two more flights.
Inside, some guy is hawking maple syrup, just in case you were wondering if you were really in Canada.
If you go inside and turn right, you’ll see the Cider Bar with that menu offered.
First up, we have the Caramel-Apple Popcorn, served in this adorable red plastic apple.
The Apple does say Epcot on it, so if you want to carry it around for the rest of the day, and you like stale caramel corn, then you might want to pick one up. Otherwise, pick up some Caramel Corn from Karamell-Kuche in Germany for half the money. It’s much tastier.
Beer Flight – $9.75
With M.I.A. Beer Company Apple Trappe Belgian-Style Tripel Ale, Playalinda Brewing Co. Apple Pie Beer, and Sea Dog Brewing Co. Green Apple Ale.
You’ll have to excuse the quality of these photos. My camera had overheated at this point, I was already near death, it was raining outside, and I didn’t want to move.
The Flight up front is beer. You’ll remember that individual pours are six ounces, while each beer in the Flight is four ounces. That means the cost per ounce as part of the Flight is 81.3 cents, while the cost per ounce of the individual pours is 75 cents. So you’re actually spending more money per ounce on the Flight for the opportunity to sample multiple beers. That’s not unusual.
The M.I.A. Apple Trappe Tripel is easily the best beer in the Flight and the only one I would recommend. And even then, you’ll only enjoy it if you like spicy, yeasty Belgian beers with a little bit of fruit that come in at 10%+ ABV. Taste is obviously in the eye of the beholder, but the Playalinda and Sea Dog outings are disgustingly sweet and too light on carbonation, making for a cough-syrup-like flavor and mouthfeel. It’s certainly not the end of the world if you try them as part of the Flight, but I don’t think a lot of people are going to wish they had a growler full.
I liked two of the three Ciders. Usually, these things are sugarbombs, but the aromatic Ciderboys Lemon Cello in particular enjoyed a zesty, slightly-tart lemon flavor. The Collective Arts Brewing Cherry Apple Hard Cider was tastier than most, but still didn’t overcome the cough syrup comparison for me. The Spiced Apple Woodchuck carried enough cinnamon and spice to keep it interesting.
Certainly, both flights offer plenty of different flavors that you can pass around and discuss, which is always fun. My favorites likely won’t be yours.
Frozen Apple Pie – $4
The Frozen Apple Pie in the center should keep the kids busy and offers a sweet take on the usual slush with a lot of crumbly graham cracker on top. It could certainly use a straw, though.
Apple Blossom Sky – $11
With Fanta Apple, Ginger Beer, Floodwall Apple Brandy, Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Syrup and Mini Marshmallows
This is a strange one with soda, ginger beer, brandy, maple syrup, and marshmallows in a plastic disposable mule cup. The flavor is all over the place – carbonated, sweet, gingery, apple-y, maple-y, with a thick, viscous mouthfeel and so much ice and marshmallows that you’re liable to pour half the thing down your shirt if you’re not careful. It was certainly interesting to try, but I wouldn’t order another. Someone in your group will likely be happy to finish it. But there might only be one. I would have preferred a drink that showcased the brandy and syrup more, instead of just diluting the flavors with a bunch of other stuff.
You’ll find the wine line on the other side of what is ordinarily a theater. Canada’s new show is expected to debut in January, likely along with the Festival of the Arts.
We’ve got the six wines that make up the two Flights.
Wine Flight 1 – $7.75
With Forge Cellars Dry Riesling Classique ($18/bottle), Conundrum Red Blend ($23/bottle), and Amavi Cellars Syrah ($28/bottle)
This is a decent flight and the individual pours are a better value than most of the wines at the outdoor Marketplaces.
Wine Flight 2 – $9.50
With tenshən Rhône Style White Blend ($20/bottle), Lang & Reed Wine Company Cabernet Franc ($27), and Frog’s Leap Zinfandel ($30/bottle)
The flavors here are elevated with nicer, more complex wines, on average.
You’ll notice that the $16 Kurt Russell’s Gogi Wines Pinot Noir is not part of either Flight.
Charcuterie and Cheese Plate featuring Burton’s Maplewood Farm Applejack Brandy Barrel Aged Maple Syrup – $6.50
I apologize for what may be the worst picture of food that I’ve ever taken, particularly on an item that deserved better. As has been the theme of Appleseed, this is another nice variety of flavors that pair well with the various ciders, wines, beers, and drinks. They’re not shy with the Maple Syrup, which sweetens up several of the soft and hard cheeses on the fun little plastic board. The syrup doesn’t always work, but you can be your own judge of that.
Appleseed Orchard could serve just about anything and I’d spend an hour in here during the middle of the day, even if it means getting stared at by somebody at the same time that you’re in two different vlogs. The fact that you’ve got two wine flights, a cider flight, a beer flight, non-alcoholic drinks, cocktails, popcorn, charcuterie, a guy trying to sell you a $60 bottle of maple syrup, and more only sweetens the deal. I don’t have a ton of guidance here since people’s tastes differ so much. My own picks would be the Charcuterie and M.I.A. beer, potentially along with the Syrah or Pinot Noir.