Now in its 5th year, Cider Week helps to bring profitability to local orchards while reviving heirloom apple varieties by cultivating awareness of craft cider. Cider Week connects cider makers from New York State—and select pioneering “guest cideries” outside the state – to buyers from top restaurants, bars, and retail shops across New York City. Those culinary tastemakers in turn help increase consumer awareness of cider’s pleasures by hosting public events, tastings, dinners, classes and pairings that build appreciation and demand for regional ciders.
This year Cider Week NYC is excited to work with the LESBID and Wassail to produce the Lower East Cider Festival, bringing the orchards back to Orchard Street for a three-block long farmer’s market and harvest festival featuring a community cider press where you can make your own cider, tons of great food, music, folk dancing, family activities and, of course, cider from New York State orchards. The event is on Sunday, November 8th from 12 - 4 pm on Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey streets.
Orchard Hill Cider Mill is located at Soons Orchard, and has been producing fermented and distilled beverages with locally grown produce for 103 years. Its mission since the inception of the project has been to provide an alternative to the homogenized “big beer producer” style of cider that is most widely available today. Orchard Hill's ciders are made with minimum manipulation and intervention; they offer a new look at an American classic. In addition to the cider itself,at our participating cafés we will be offering a specialty cocktail, Ginger Pomme, which is made with Orchard Hill Red Label Hard Cider, spiced rum, and ginger syrup.