By Jessica Friedlander, Matt Moment, and Kait Waterman
The Hudson Valley boasts an impressive list of exports—maple syrup, wine, onions, and beer, just to name a few. But none upstage the mighty apple; in fact, according to the USDA, New York is the second-largest apple producing state in the country. It only makes sense, then, that we dedicate an entire week in celebration of a beloved derivative of the apple: cider!
During Cider Week, enjoy programming at 34 cideries across the Empire State. Events include cider tastings, chef and cider pairings, cider markets, orchard tours, and more from September 29 to October 9.
“Enjoy all the iconic flavors and experiences the fall brings to New York.”
Scott Ramsey, New York Cider Association
Cider master Elizabeth Ryan of Stone Ridge Orchard will set the tone with our region’s first event of Cider Week. On October 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., attendees will meet growers, speak to local makers, and view nurseries—all for a $10 ticket.
Cider Week has grown tremendously since its inception in 2010, and is now produced by the New York Cider Association. “The exciting growth of New York State’s cider industry has strong roots in the Hudson Valley’s 350-year history of commercial apple growing,” says Melaine Rottkamp, president and CEO of Dutchess Tourism. The cider industry has blossomed, too—over the past decade, it has grown by 2,400 percent.
Enjoying an apple—in any one of its many forms—is a simple way to connect with the Hudson Valley. “Celebrating Cider Week New York is a great way to support small business, taste one of New York’s premium agricultural products, and enjoy all the iconic flavors and experiences the fall brings to New York,” says Scott Ramsey, executive director of the New York Cider Association.
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Angry Orchard Cider House, Walden
Brooklyn Cider House, New Paltz
Doc’s Hard Ciders, Warwick
Graft Cider, Newburgh
Hudson North Cider Co., Newburgh
Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Stone Ridge
Merchant’s Daughter Cider, Purdys
Naked Flock Hard Cider, Warwick
Orchard Hill Cider Mill, New Hampton
Pennings Farm Cidery, Warwick
Rockland Cider Works, Orangeburg
Treasury Cider, Fishkill
For info on where to celebrate, head to the New York Cider Week website.