BEACON, N.Y. — Cider Week New York 2021, produced by the New York Cider Association, kicks off for the spring on May 15th and runs through Memorial Day weekend, May 31st. For the first time ever, Cider Week events will be hosted across the entire state. There are a variety of events including both in-person and virtual tastings, dinner pairings, panel conversations, cider seminars, orchard tours, cider yoga sessions, and more. For more information, a listing of the 37 cidery participants, the event calendar, and where to buy cider, visit www.ciderweeknewyork.com. Virtual Cider Week programming can be viewed at New York Cider Association TV Channel on YouTube.
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 $1.6 billion economic impact to the NY state economy. With over 140 producers making over 5 million gallons of cider every year, New York continues to rank first in the country for the number of cider producers.
Presenting Sponsor, Marianne Brennan of Beak & Skiff/1911 Established says, “The Beak & Skiff/1911 Established families have been building and supporting the apple industry in New York State for over 100 years, so it is a natural evolution to now be a part of Cider Week as a Presenting Sponsor. As a farm and cider producer, we are proud to contribute to the growing hard cider industry and the people that make it so fun and rewarding. Along with the New York Cider Association, we look forward to educating experienced and novice cider drinkers through creative virtual and in person events.”
Following is just a sampling and highlights of Cider Week New York 2021 events:
AN INTIMATE EVENING AT 1911 ESTABLISHED – A TASTING AND DINING EXPERIENCE
Wednesday, May 19th from 6pm to 8pm – As a presenting sponsor of New York Cider Week, 1911 Established is hosting a special night with Head Cidermaker, Yann Fay, and new Executive Chef, Carl Helgersen, to guide attendees through a 1911 Cider & Spirits tasting and food pairing. Attendees will also get a firsthand account of the rich heritage behind Beak & Skiff with a talk from 5th-generation company president himself, Eddie Brennan. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-intimate-evening-with-1911-tickets-153536952157.
Beak & Skiff & 1911 Tasting Room, 2708 Route 20, LaFayette NY, 13084 (Finger Lakes Region)
CIDER AND PAELLA BY THE POND AT TWIN STAR ORCHARDS
Sunday, May 16 from 1pm to 2pm – Join for delicious Seafood Paella, made with shrimp, calamari, chicken and chorizo, perfect when paired with Brooklyn Cider House’s Raw or Little Wild cider. The usual wood-fired pizzas and burgers will be also be available along with craft cider and local beer and wine. Tickets are limited and can be purchased in advance at https://www.twinstarorchards.com/menu.
Brooklyn Cider House, 155 N Ohioville Rd #3402, New Paltz NY, 12561 (Hudson Valley)
CIDER APERITIF WITH SOUTH HILL CIDER AND ISIGNY STE-MÈRE
Monday, May 17 from 4pm to 6pm – Join for a cider Aperitif hour with Isigny Ste-Mère dairy cooperative from Normandy, France. Learn about the century old dairy cooperative from the French cider capital. Offerings include a special paired cider flight showcasing French style ciders with traditional cheeses from Isigny Ste-Mère. Normandy is known for the high quality of its milk and there will be pairings with their cheese, butter and cream with South Hill ciders. Free to attend. For more information, visit https://www.southhillcider.com.
South Hill Cider, 550 Sanbank Rd, Ithaca NY, 14850 (Finger Lakes)
URBAN TREE GRAFTING NIGHT AT NINE PIN CIDER
Monday, May 17 from 5pm to 6pm – Live tree grafting event in front of Nine Pin’s tasting room. Learn about tree grafting from Michael Leidy, a local Cider Enthusiast and Tree keeper. During the presentation, Mr. Leidy will graft cuttings from various cider apple varieties on to the ornamental crab apple trees in front of the cidery with the goal of creating a “frankentree”. Learn about specific cider apple varieties and how they are propagated. Free to attend. For more information, visit https://www.ninepincider.com/tasting-room.
Nine Pin Cider, 929 Broadway, Albany NY, 12207 (Capital Region)
OUTDOOR PATIO LAUNCH AND LIMITED-EDITION TREASURY CIDER CYSER TASTING
Saturday, May 22 from 11am to 5pm – Join at Treasury Cider, Fishkill Farms for the season re-opening of the outdoor patio bar with a special sneak preview of upcoming Treasury Cider’s new Cyser. Food will be available and live music on the patio, as well. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made at https://www.fishkillfarms.com/.
Treasury Cider, 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction NY, 12533 (Hudson Valley)
STRETCH THEN SIP AT PENNINGS FARM CIDERY
Saturday, May 22 from 11am to 11:45am – Celebrate Cider Week New York at Pennings Farm Cidery. In partnership with Jenese of Lotus Yoga and Wellness, enjoy a relaxing outdoor yoga class on the hill and some delicious cider! Purchase of a ticket includes the yoga class and one cider following the class. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit penningscidery.com.
Pennings Cidery, 4 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick NY, 10990 (Hudson Valley)
NAKED FLOCK CIDER COCKTAIL CLASS ON FACEBOOK LIVE
Saturday, May 22 at 6pm – Join Michele and Dylan for a special Cider Week edition of Naked Flock’s Facebook Live show where they will discuss some of the cider cocktails on their seasonal menu!
Cider cocktails are also available for purchase at Naked Flock’s tasting room Wednesday – Sunday 11am-5pm. For more information, visit exploretock.com/applewoodwinery. FREE.
Applewood Winery and Naked Flock Cider, 82 Four Corners Rd. Warwick NY, 10990 (Hudson Valley)
HISTORY OF APPLES AND CIDER IN SULLIVAN COUNTY WITH JOHN CONWAY
Sunday, May 23 at 4pm – Join local historian and columnist John Conway for an overview of the roles that apples, cider and cider making have played in the lives, culture and agriculture of Sullivan County over time. FREE to attend. For more information, visit https://www.seminaryhill.co.
Seminary Hill Orchard & Cidery Tasting Room, 43 Wagner Lane, Callicoon NY, 12723 (Catskills)
AMERICAN CIDER, TASTE & TALK
Wednesday, May 26 from 7pm to 8pm – Join Heritage Radio Network online, in celebrating the debut of “American Cider: A Modern Guide to a Historic Beverage” by Daniel Pucci and Craig Cavallo. The first of its kind, the book chronicles the history of cider making in the United States, offering essential knowledge on what to drink and where the cider market is heading. The authors will dive into history and flavor in conversation with Jimmy Carbone, host of the award-winning HRN podcast, Beer Sessions Radio. In the second half of this event, Pucci and Cavallo will be joined by Angry Orchard’s head cider maker Ryan Burke for myth-busting about this beverage and an interactive cider tasting. Every ticket includes a copy of “American Cider” from Books are Magic. For more information and to buy tickets, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/american-cider-book-party-and-tasting-tickets-151734904183?aff=jimmy.
To order a cider bundle and taste along with the authors, visit https://vinoshipper.com/shop/angry_orchard_cider_company_llc?list=
5 BORO PICNYC FEATURING CIDER ALLEY
Saturday, May 29 from 11am to 4pm – Food Karma Projects, the producers of Pig Island NYC and Brisket King® NYC, are bringing you the ultimate Memorial Day barbecue and picnic, with cider! Join for a full day of ribs, vegetarian dishes and a cider alley featuring Original Sin Cider and many others. One ticket price provides all-inclusive food and drink tastings and VIP tickets are available for early admission. For more information and to buy tickets, visit https://cookoutnyc.com.
Snug Harbor Heritage Farm, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island NY, 10301 (New York City)
BLT X WÖLFFER TASTING EVENT
Ongoing through Cider Week through May 27 – BLT Restaurant Group toasts to the start of Rosé season with the introduction of a new brand partnership with Wölffer Estate, a sustainable vineyard in the heart of the Hamptons. As temperatures rise and flowers bloom in New York City, the international hospitality group is bringing Wölffer’s iconic Rosé Stand to BLT Prime to offer New Yorkers a taste of the Hamptons. The Wölffer Rosé Stand will be open to the public with three of the New York brand’s most beloved rosé products, including Wolffer’s Dry Rosé Cider. To make a reservation, visit https://www.opentable.com/r/blt-prime-new-york-2
BLT Prime, 1032 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021 (New York City)
–New York Cider Association
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