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Sample the Fruits of the Season during Cider Week

posted by Teresa Farrell at 2022-09-25 17:31:00

Celebrations centered on cider are taking place across Upstate New York this fall, but some of the biggest are happening between September 29 and October 9 part of New York’s annual Cider Week celebration.

A statewide event, Cider Week is highlighted by special events at farms and orchards, cideries, wineries and breweries, bars and restaurants, and more throughout the Catskills, Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, the Finger Lakes and Western New York.

The celebration spotlights both hard cider and the traditional, non-alcoholic variety as well. Enjoy everything from apple picking and farm tours to cider tastings, special themed dinners and brunches, and classes and workshops. Several stops offer yoga, bingo, raffles, fun runs, farmers markets, and other events you may not traditionally associate with cider season as well. There are even several harvest festivals and Oktoberfests taking place throughout the state, with live entertainment, food and beverages, special activities and more; check out the full event list for all the details.

If you can’t make a visit to these places during Cider Week, the usual fall events and activities can be found at many of the participating locations and throughout the season. Everything from corn mazes, apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, cider donuts and other treats, fall festivals, and more are on the agenda, not only in the areas participating in Cider Week, but also in other Upstate regions like the Thousand Islands, Central New York, and the Chautauqua-Allegany region. And, of course, Upstate New York is filled with beautiful fall foliage this time of year; it’s the perfect time to get outside to enjoy hiking or cycling, take a scenic drive, have a picnic, or even take a paddling trip or a late-season boat cruise on some of New York’s beautiful waterways.

If you’re particularly interested in hard cider, there are hundreds of places that make it year-round throughout Upstate New York as well, and they can be found in most every region. Craft beverages are a huge draw throughout the state, and it’s no surprise to find that many of the breweries, wineries, and distilleries across the area also specialize in cider making. These can be found throughout the Upstate countryside as in or near larger cities, like Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. And if you can’t get to the tasting room yourself, check out local stores for bottled selections; you’re likely to find many New York-produced ciders throughout the state, during this season and beyond.


Apple orchard photo credit Tom Shockey
Cider at farm photo credit Nine Pin Cider
Cider Pour photo credit Finger Lakes Cider Alliance
Cider flight photo credit Lake Ontario Wine Trail

posted at: 2022-09-25 17:31:00, last updated: 2022-11-06 21:12:13

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