(Beacon, NY, September 28, 2021) – Fall Cider Week New York 2021 starts Saturday! Produced by the New York Cider Association and featuring 38 cideries across New York state, Fall Cider Week New York runs from Saturday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 17th. The event calendar is still filling up and there are already a wide variety of tastings, orchard tours, cider markets, dinners, and even virtual events posted. For more information, a listing of the 38 cidery participants, the event calendar, and where to get some cider for yourself, visit www.ciderweeknewyork.com.
“With over 38 of New York’s finest cideries participating, events will be taking place statewide including Western New York, Finger Lakes, Catskills, Hudson Valley, New York City and more. A visit to your local cidery, restaurant, and cider retail shop during Cider Week is a perfect way to support small business, taste one of New York’s premium agricultural products, and enjoy all that the fall in New York has to offer,” says Scott Ramsey, Executive Director, New York Cider Association.
Directly tied to New York’s agricultural cash crop of apples, cider in New York has seen an unprecedented growth explosion of over 450% over the past ten years and now has a $1.7 billion total economic impact to the NY state economy.
During Cider Week New York, events are happening across the entire state. To keep an eye out as new events become available, go to the events calendar at www.ciderweeknewyork.com. Following is a regional sampling of Cider Week New York 2021 events and there are many more events to enjoy!
New York City
CIDERFEAST NYC in WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN
Saturday, October 2nd from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
CiderFeast NYC is back on October 2nd to kick off Cider Week NY! The event will feature 20 of the top hard cider brands from New York, New England and beyond. The all-inclusive event will also feature aged country hams, local bread, cheese, grilled vegetables and hot sauces. For more information and to purchase VIP and General Admin tickets, visit https://jimmysno43.com/ciderfeast-nyc-2021/
Biba of Williamsburg, 110 Kent Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11249
BUILDING A REGIONAL TASTE, TRADE AND IDENTITY: INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY ON CIDER
Tuesday, October 5th at 11:30am
Celebrating Cider Week 2021, this panel draws upon the Glynwood Center for Food and Farming’s experience enlivening a historic apple region, the Hudson Valley of New York, incubating a state-wide trade association for the (hard) cider industry, and developing an international exchange program around cider. Join panelists from the UK, Japan and the US as they discuss their work in cider promotion as an example of how distinctive, value-added products support the viability of farming and evoke a local food culture and sense of place that is closely tied to agriculture. Learn how collaborative models in each country connect the public and trade professionals to farm-based cider producers, leading to increased public awareness and appreciation. For more information and to register to attend, visit https://www.agritourismworkshop.com/gatherings.html
SOUTH HILL CIDER FINGER LAKES CIDER FEST & MARKET
Thursday, October 7th from 4:30pm – 7:00pm
To celebrate Cider Week, visit South Hill Cider in Ithaca to taste cider from seven local cidermakers! There will be live music, great food, and opportunity to taste the ferments that make the Finger Lakes an industry leader in quality New York cider. Meet the producers who will pour their ciders and chat cider. In addition to South Hill Cider, participating cideries include Black Diamond Farm, Grisamore Cider Works, Kelloggsville Farm Cidery, New York Cider Co., Redbyrd Orchard Cider, and Blackduck Cidery. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flx-ciderfest-market-for-cider-week-at-south-hill-cider-tickets-170188463275
South Hill Cider, 550 Sandbank rd. Ithaca NY 14850
TREASURY CIDER AT THE BARNS ART CENTER’S HARVEST FESTIVAL
Saturday, October 9th from 11:00am – 4:00pm
Treasury Cider serving samples of a select number of ciders at the Barns Art Center’s first ever Harvest Festival. The festival will feature lots of great food, beverage and art. The Barns is a contemporary art initiative that highlights art and artists in dialogue with food, farming, ecology, and sustainability. Comprised of a 3,200 square foot gallery, The Barns is located off Interstate 84, just 60 miles north of New York City. For more information and for tickets, visit https://barnsartcenter.org/
The Barns Art Center, 736 South Drive, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Western New York
CIDER SUNDAYS – FEATURING SQOZE LIVE MUSIC & STEAMPUNK CIDER
Sunday, October 10th, Specials run all day with music from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Sundays during harvest are sure to be a bushel of fun! Come and join for cider & charcuterie specials all day with live music from Sqoze, a local duo playing a mix of covers from the 50s-90s on the back Patio. For more info and to guarantee a seat, visit https://oakeswinery.com/
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery,10609 Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103
More than 20 events will go down in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, with 36 local producers signed up for pouring, drinking and thinking cider. Considering the number of cideries in New York has exploded from eight in 2014 to 24 today, New York City is the concrete jungle where cider dreams are made of.
For the full list of events, click here. For a few handpicked must-dos, we’ve narrowed it down a bit.
All week long: Tertulia will be pouring bottomless Asturian sidra natural with the purchase or lunch or dinner, The Queens Kickshaw converted six beer lines over to cider with their full bottle list and cider cocktails available and Lucy’s Whey Artisanal Cheese will be offering South Hill Cider-washed cheese which will be paired with three rotating NY ciders.
Porktoberfest: Celebrate the cider week on Saturday, Oct. 22, at this outdoor grilling kickoff party with more than 10 chefs stations, upwards of 20 of the region’s top ciders, craft beer and entertainment on the Manhattan waterfront for a cider-soaked sausage fest. Tickets here.
Lower East Cider Fest: This second annual festival at Wassail brings in nearly 20 makers and growers from the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Western New York and NYC to pour and sell ciders matched with cider-friendly food from local restaurants and shops. Entry is free and the “pay-as-you-go” style format allows attendees to get exactly what they want at this event on Sunday, Oct. 22. Also, Wassail will be hosting the New York Cider Association’s Fermentation Station, an exclusive experience outside the restaurant serving select pours to demonstrate qualities, such as tannin, acidity, sugar and aroma, and how these qualities are expressed a finished cider.
Thestle on Tenth Pairing Dinner: Enjoy the Swiss-American cuisine of Chef Ralf Kuettel with the cidermakers of Eden, Eve’s, Farnum Hill, Foggy Ridge and Slyboro. Tickets for the multi-course meal on Tuesday, Oct. 25 are $75 and available here.
Applepalooza 2016: Astor Center’s seventh annual cider tasting celebrates all things apple, from ciders to apple-based spirits, from New York to England, France, Spain and beyond. Over 25 different ciders will be available, more than a dozen apple spirits and plenty of professionals around to talk cider on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Cider Salon: Jimmy’s No. 43 brings in makers, industry insiders and restaurant pros for the second year with tasting, sipping, various panels and plenty of cider experts on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Sensory Evaluation: Cider lovers can get cozy and comfortable with their taste buds and olfactory receptors with this 101-style cider tasting at The Wine Lab in Brooklyn on Sunday, Oct. 3o. Tickets are $75.