Dear EscapeMakers — Golden leaves, crisp apples and pumpkin pie. It might be the heat of the summer, but autumn is fast approaching. Of all the seasons, fall is most magical in Ithaca — the heart of the Finger Lakes. Plentiful in vibrantly hued leaves, agriculinary experiences, and copious amounts of fruits and vegetables, the harvest season is called that for a reason!
As the agriculture season nears its end, it calls for celebratory times: harvest festivals. Specifically, the Apple Harvest Festival, Ithaca’s biggest celebration of autumnal produce. Focusing on the mighty apple, this festival showcases the wide range in which apples, fresh-pressed and hard cider can be utilized in culinary settings. Food, farm, craft and activity-based vendors line the streets to entertain and nourish its attendees over the three-day festival.
Apple Harvest Festival is also the kickoff event of Finger Lakes Cider Week, September 27 – October 6, 2019. Ithaca has been at the heart of the New York craft cider renaissance and captivating new audiences for over two decades. With the highest density of craft cideries in NY state-10 within a 30-minute radius-it’s no surprise that cider lovers are flocking to Ithaca for a taste.
Over the course of ten days, twelve participating craft cideries and numerous restaurants and attractions showcase their offerings. Daily events including orchard tours, educational tasting events, pairing dinners, book readings, cider mixology, and much more!