A cider-brewing craze has hit Metro Vancouver — spurred on by trends like gluten-free living and a love for fermented drinks like kombucha, according to those in the know.

The fad has spread all the way to the University of British Columbia’s Apple Festival this weekend, where, for the first time, growers will sell trees with apples well suited to making cider.

Festival organizers say they’re trying to feed the “explosion of popularity” in cider making.