More than 50 cider-related events are scheduled from Hudson to Manhattan, and from Saugerties to Brooklyn over the course of ten days from October 18 - 27. From tastings, to cheese and cider pairings, to a five course dinner, all manner of events celebrate the cider making revolution throughout our region. There is even a film premier and reception!
That’s right, a craft cider reception and a screening of the documentary film Hudson Rising: a collection of stories celebrating citizens who are making a difference in the Valley, will take place at the Basicala in Hudson on the 26th. It’s just one of the many cider celebrations to attend that week.
“The word ‘cider’ means fermented apple juice, as the word ‘wine’ means fermented grape juice.” Farnum Hill Ciders
Cider was once a staple of our forefather’s diets. Fermenting apple juice to create hard-cider provided a thirst-quenching and nutritious drink. In the time before municipal water, when many local sources of drinking water were polluted, cider was a reliably safe drink, too.
Over decades, time and temperance caused the heirloom cider apple orchards to be replaced by modern eating apple orchards until hard cider was almost forgotten. Then came the revolution - a cider revival was born.
As we all looked for local products and to support local farmers, the apple growers were looking to expand their season and their markets. From a few small enterprises this movement has grown into a viable and sustainable business.
Attend many of the different events to taste the wide spectrum of flavors being created out of New York State apples by our visionary apple growers. Join the Hard Cider Revolution! Visit this website www.ciderweekny.com/events for details of the more than 50 events.