What better way to celebrate the changing of the seasons than with a week full of cider-related events. From October 16-October 24, 2011, New York will host it’s first ever Cider Week, which will include tastings, demonstrations, pairings, classes and more. Here are some of the events to check out (for the full schedule, click here):
October 16– A Cider Revival, 11AM-4PM
New Amsterdam Market
This celebration of hard cider will include cider tastings paired with tapas, sampling of both common and rare varieties of apples, cider purchasing opportunities, and the chance to buy delicious apple pies and desserts. Admission into the market is free, although you will have to purchase a ticket if you want to do the tastings.October 17– Mele and Maiale in the Meatpacking, 6PM-8PM
The event will include cider and porchetta tasting, with special guest Ezra Sherman from Eve’s Cidery. The cost is $10 and reservations should be made in advance to secure a spot. If interested in attending, click here.
October 18– Meet the Cider Maker: Original Sin, 6:30PM-9PM
Want to learn more about cider as well as sample new varieties? Come to this event to speak with Gidon Coll from Original Sin Cider, learn the history of Newtown Pippin apple, and taste some new Heirloom ciders. Price is $10.
October 19– Prix Fixe Dinner Menu with Cider Pairings, 7PM-10PM
Enjoy a 3-course meal, each paired with a different cider. There will also be live music in the back room from 8:30PM-11PM. The menu includes:
A caramelized apple, walnut, and blue cheese salad paired with Dupont “Cidre Bouche Brut” sparkling cider
24-hour pork braised in cider vinegar and molasses, with roasted parsnips paired with Dupont “Triple” sparkling wine cider
Apple cobbler paired with Dupont “Pommeau”
There will also be rare French cider products from New York, Vermont, New Hamshire and France being served all night long. The cost of the event is $45 per person.
October 20– A Cider and Cheese Tour of the Northeast, 6:30PM
Enjoy a guided tasting of regional hard and ice ciders, each paired with artisanal cheeses. Expect at least 5 pairings, as well as science, recipes, and history. The cost for the event is $50.
October 21– Cider Pairing and Cooking Demonstration, 11AM-1PM
Union Square Greenmarket
Learn how to cook with hard cider as well as how to cook dishes that pair well with the drink. This is a free event.
October 22– Tasting of Basque Ciders, 4PM-7PM
Sample ciders from North Spain as well as the moutainous region of Asturias. This is a free event.
October 23– Cider Pairing Dinner, 7PM
The Queens Kickshaw
While the specifics for this event are still being determined, attendees can expect delicious cuisine paired with unique ciders. There will be a special guest, as well. The price of this event has not yet been announced.
October 24– Cider Party, 6PM-8:15PM
This closing event will celebrate the winners of the Glywood’s Harvest Awards as they talk about their success supporting local food efforts in their community. A reception with appetizers and Hudson Valley ciders will follow. While this is a free event, RSVP is required.