I GREW UP THINKING that cider meant only the slightly sweet, spicy, and warm apple cider that I had around Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until I moved to England when I was 20 that I realized there was even such a thing as hard cider.
And it’s hard cider that gets its own week of celebration for the first time this year in New York. These restaurants and bars in the city and in the Hudson Valley will be featuring local ciders on their menus. There will be events every day of the week throughout the city with a focus on either cider or apples in general, so even if you don’t drink, you can still tuck into some apple pie or other apple-based goodness. Check the website for complete listings and to buy tickets, but here are some highlights, one for each day of the event.
Sunday, October 16 from 11am to 4pm at New Amsterdam Market
A Cider Revival: Sample ciders, tapas, and cider apples.
Monday, October 17 from 6 to 8pm at Macelleria
Mele and Maiale in the Meatpacking: Pay $10 for porchetta and wine tasting from Eve’s Cidery.
Tuesday, October 18 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Brooklyn Kitchen
Home Cider Making with Farnum Hill: For $50, learn how to make your own hard cider at home.
Wednesday, October 19 from 7pm at Dive Bar
Cider Tasting at the Dive Bar: For $15, try different types of cider like pumpkin, cherry, and blackthorn and pair them with different types of cheese.
Thursday, October 20 from 6:45pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society
The Big Apple: Historic New York Cocktails Featuring Local Apple Alcohols: Apple brandy, applejack, and apple cider – learn about these locally produced alcohols, where they come from, and their part in history.
Friday, October 21 from 11am to 1pm at Union Square Greenmarket
Cider Pairing and Cooking Demonstration: Learn to cook with hard cider and how to pair your cider with your food.
Saturday, October 22 from 4 to 7pm at Tinto Fino
Tasting of Basque Ciders: Just what the name sounds like – sampling different ciders from the Basque region of Spain. Best part is this event is free.
Sunday, October 23 from 7:30pm at The Queens Kickshaw
Cider Pairing Dinner: A guest cider maker will be pairing a three-course dinner with different ciders. Menu and cost TBA.