By Meredith Collins of Along Came A Cider
Finger Lakes Cider Week offers many different ways to explore a love of cider. And we don’t just do cider here, we have some of the best cider in the world. And during Cider Week, we can learn to make it, tour orchards, try new kinds of apples, pair it with fabulous foods and meet the talented cider makers that craft our favorite beverages.
But, if you’re like me, one of the things I look forward to during cider week is going to one place and having multiple cider options! That’s why I put together this little list. These are a few of the ways you can explore several cideries in one place during Finger Lakes Cider Week. And if you see me out and about at any of these events, come say hi!
Not to make things difficult, but I do have to share both of these events happening at the same date and time in different places. They are different events though, so read more about them to find out which format and location suits you best. Both of these will have a good number of excellent ciders.
September 30th: Cider Fest 2015 by Embark Ciderworks at Lagoner Farms in Williamson, NY:
September 30: Meet the Cider Makers at Cellar d’Or Wine and Cider Shop in Ithaca, NY
Consider me very excited about this next event. It’s a stroll from my house and its a pairing event with some world class cider from Bellwether Cidery, South Hill Cider, and Hazlitt. Plus the event only costs $5. Steals like these do not happen every day.
October 5: Tasting and Pairing event at Cornell University’s Bear痴 Den in Ithaca, NY https://www.facebook.com/events/1134536499959396/
Then we’ve got a little after work 5:00 – 7:00pm tasting featuring ciders by Black Diamond and South Hill Cider for the weekly Hang Time tasting at Red Feet Wine Market.
October 6:Tasting at Red Feet Wine Market & Spirit Provisions in Ithaca, NY
I admit I’ve not spent as much time in Geneva as I would like. Its an interesting town with some lovely architecture. Therefore, I’m aiming to drive up for their monthly downtown evening, featuring multiple cideries sharing samples.
October 7: FLX Cider Celebration during Geneva Night Out! 5:00 – 8:00pm in Geneva, NY
If you like cider and you like cheese, you’re bound to know that they pair like nothing else. This event brings together all the Cider Week FLX cideries and Finger Lakes Cheese Alliance producers for a huge celebration of two of my favorite things in the world.
October 8: Cider and Cheese Saturday Finger Lakes Cider House in Interlaken, NY https://www.facebook.com/events/1074042209359492/
This list is just the tip of the Finger Lakes Cider Week iceberg. There really is a world of cider to explore right here. This series of events brings together one of the strongest cider regions in the United States. Come out. Try some ciders you’ve never had before. Remind yourself of your favorites. Bring a friend. You won’t regret it.
Meredith Collins is the Blogger behind Along Came A Cider (https://alongcameacider.blogspot.com/) where she has been reviewing, photographing, and tasting hard cider for nearly four years. In addition to maintaining her blog, Meredith has judged at the Great Lakes International Cider and Perry competition, presented at Cider Con, and co-taught classes on cider and America’s hard cider renaissance. She is also a member of the inaugural class of the Cider Certification Program by the United States Association of Cider Makers.