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Public hearing slated for cidery Sydney request

SYDNEY, N.S. —

CBRM council has opted to hold a public hearing into a soon-to-open Sydney cidery’s request to offer patrons local beer and wine.

The Island Folk Cider House has already obtained municipal approval to produce and sell its own products on its premises, the former St. George’s hall on Nepean Street in Sydney’s historic north end.

Cidery co-founder Jill McPherson has since asked council to allow the business to offer Breton Brewing beer and local wines, noting that some patrons may enjoy a beverage other than cider.

But because her request requires another amendment to the CBRM’s north end Sydney secondary planning strategy and north end land-use bylaw, it must go through a public participation process unless it is dismissed by council. The public hearing will be held the next time the matter is on the agenda of a monthly council meeting.

The cidery expects to open sometime in the spring.

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