Autumn, at last, has arrived. And we all know that that means: APPLES! The orchards are swarming with visitors, the apple trees are bountiful with fruit, and the farmers markets are brimming with cider, apple butter, jam, pastries, pies and more. So how can you maximize this delicious time of year near you? There are festivals, tastings and tours galore just outside New York City check them out and share your pictures and experiences on Instagram and Twitter using #EscapeMaker!
Now through 10/30 There’s the Fall Harvest Festival at Fishkill Farm in Hopewell Junction, NY. Apple picking, live music, hayrides, cider donuts and more every weekend through the end of October.
10/1 – Pour the Core: Long Island Sports Park in Long Island, NY. Love Apples? Then, drink apples! Gather with fellow apple enthusiasts, hard cider aficionados, fermentation zealots, and craft beverage fanatics at the fifth annual Pour the Core: Long Island.
10/1 – 10/9 Cider Week Finger Lakes in Ithaca, NY. Finger Lakes Cider Week is a celebration of the hard cider revival in New York apple country. There are public events every day and over 50 participating locations. You’re invited!
10/7 – 10/10 19th Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour in Wayne County, NY. Families and apple lovers alike are invited to spend time outdoors in the fall, enjoying the crisp autumn air, taking in the colors of the season and picking their favorite apples on a self-driving tour through different orchards and apple-related businesses.
10/8 – 10/9 28th Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show at Goold Orchards in Castelton, NY. A unique celebration of arts, agriculture and the bountiful fall harvest time made even more special as Goold Orchards celebrates its 106th harvest season!
10/15 4th Annual Old-Fashioned Cider Tasting at Kimlin Cider Mill in Poughkeepsie, NY.Tour the historic cider mill, drink local ciders and Kimlin Cider, enjoy food from the grill, music & entertainment, cider-making demonstrations and more!
10/21 – 10/23 Lake George Harvest Festival at Lake George, NY. Apples, pumpkins, haunted hayrides, music, beverages, rides, farmers market and much more for the whole family!
10/21 – 10/30 Cider Week NYC in New York, NY. Cider Week NYC celebrates craft cider, increasing awareness and helping to bring profitability to local orchards while reviving heirloom apple varieties.
10/22 – 10/23 Boos and Brews at Barton Orchards in Poughquag, NY. It’s harvest season at Barton Orchards — come pick your own apples and hang out at the corn maze, petting zoo, haunted house and more!
And discover more apple picking locations and cider trails near you at the New York Apple Association website //www.nyapplecountry.com!