Cider Week NYC, perhaps the biggest and best yet, officially kicks off for another year on Friday, November 6. This year’s festival has expanded to include a series of cider chats at Wassail (topics include women in cider, wild apples and how to start a cidery) and regional cider makers will descend on the Big Apple to share suds and stories.
On Sunday, the all new Lower East Cider Festival will bring cider makers, restaurants and apple puns galore to Orchard Street for a family-friendly daytime event. Admission is free, and the slightly offbeat apple-centric activities include something called “Pin-the-Worm on the Apple,” a shrunken head apple carving station and Morris dancing. The LES festival also includes a $5 guided tasting with Farnum Hill, Eve’s Cidery, Eden Ice Cider, Slyboro and Foggy Ridge, making it the cheapest way to sample great ciders this week.
We’re also looking forward to the five course Cider Dinner at Lucy’s Whey with Aaron Burr Cidery on Tuesday, November 10. Aaron Burr ciders are notoriously hard to find, and the menu includes mouthwatering dishes like scallop crudo and cider braised short ribs. Cidermaker Andy Brennan will be at the dinner to talk about his unique approach to sourcing apples and making cider. The dinner runs $95 and tickets are available here.
The annual Applepalooza is one of the most comprehensive cider tastings out there. This year’s lineup includes more than 40 different beverages from almost as many producers. It’s happening at the Astor Center on Wednesday, November 11 (good luck!) and costs $55 to attend. You can purchase tickets here.