Dear EscapeMakers — Stroll through orchards rich with glistening fruit, gaze at the hills blanketed with autumnal-colored trees, and sip a golden, effervescent glass of goodness – Ithaca is the epicenterof craft beverages and culinary explorations! Plan that leaf-peeping, fall getaway around Finger Lakes Cider Week (September 27-October 6). Located at the base of Cayuga Lake, Ithaca is home to Cornell University, over 150 waterfalls, a booming craft cider scene, and jaw-dropping scenic views. With the highest density of craft cideries in NY state (10 within a 30-minute radius),it’s no surprise that cider lovers flock to Ithaca for a taste!
FLX Cider Week kicks off with the three day annual Apple
Harvest Festival. Cider makers, pie bakers, and apple-themed vendors line the streets of downtown Ithaca offering the famous cider donuts, delectable craft ciders and limitless apple-themed delicacies. Browse the craft fair or venture into the brick-and-mortar artisan shops; stop by the farm fair to meet animals or attend a farmer talk; participate in the Monks & Makers event to meet the cider makers and taste quality cider or sign up for Coltivare’s farm-to-table cider pairing dinners or an educational event in their teaching kitchen.
Cider Sunday at Cornell University is an all-ages event that offers orchard talks and fresh pressed and hard cider tastings with food pairings. What ties this Ivy League college to a regional cider event? Cornell’s Horticulture, Pomology (study of fruit) and Hard Cider Project Work Team have had a huge impact on NY and national cider research and production. Renowned cider makers, Eric Shatt of Redbyrd Orchard Cider and Dr. Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Farm and Cider, come from Cornell and practice their refined craft in the region.
Featured events and experiences include:
– Redbyrd Orchard Cider Orchard Walks and Cider Tours
– Cider Week Preview at the Ithaca Farmers Market
– Open Farm Days
– Meet the Cheesemaker Tours / Baby Goat Bottle Feeding
– Schedule a FREE private tour & tasting at Eve’s Cidery