Events celebrate hard cider revival and promote region
Nov. 14 through 23 is Cider Week Hudson Valley 2014, celebrating the American craft hard cider renaissance at more than 60 restaurants, bars, shops and markets throughout the region. Participating locations will feature orchard-based ciders from the Hudson Valley incorporated into tasting menus, special cocktails, pairings, flights, events, classes and more.
Cider Week is a promotional initiative founded by agricultural nonprofit Glynwood, located in Cold Spring, with the goal of supporting local orchards while also reviving heirloom apple varieties.
A selection of cider happenings taking place in the Hudson Valley during Cider Week include:
- Hudson Valley Cider Showcase, a walk-around tasting with nine regional cider makers, at Glynwood Saturday, Nov. 15
- Fall Cider Tasting at Artisan Wine Shop in Beacon on Sunday, Nov. 16
- New York State Hard Cider and Heirloom Apple Tasting at Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction on Saturday, Nov. 22
New events are being added daily. For a complete list of events throughout the region, visit ciderweekhv.com/events. Locations participating in Cider Week Hudson Valley 2014 include Hudson Hil’s Café and Market in Cold Spring, the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and Birdsall House in Peekskill.
Hard cider was an American tradition until the early 20th century, when it was lost to Prohibition and urbanization. Now cider makers across the Hudson Valley and beyond are spearheading the resurgence of distinctive, orchard-based libations, crafting hard ciders that pair well with food or can be enjoyed on their own.