When the traditional brandy with soda is unavailable due to a self-imposed year-long cider diet, I find comfort in the fact I can still drink cider with Brandy. Brandy Gale, that is. When it came time to pick which of the cider posse to blog about this week, I just went with the shiniest apple of the bunch. People often ask why we chose Prince Edward County as the place to start our family and open our restaurant, and the truth is there are many reasons. I think of unique people like Brandy Gale – painter, photographer, philanthropist and heart of our creative rural economy. Living in the company of fascinating people who have made the County their home as well is a big part of why we sliced out our segment here. That being said, the proximity of Picton to The County Cider Co. was also a factor.
Like many of my cider friends, I first met Brandy Gale through social media. I knew her as the artist of the bright and vibrant plein air paintings I had seen in galleries and homes all around Prince Edward County. As soon as I saw her profile pic (a photo of her reading the paper while sitting on a makeshift toilet in Algonquin Park) I knew I needed to hit friend request. Her painting style is as original and recognizable as her spirit. So you can imagine my intoxication when the first person to respond to my online call for County artist to do a mural on the wall of Chesterfields Homegrown Cafè was Miss Brandy Gale herself! Over the next three weeks our bond was formed on a strong foundation of cider, red wine and paint. Watching her creative process made my head spin; I staggered at the depth and simplicity of her art and nearly passed out in a euphoric haze.
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