Lower East Cider Festival

  • Orchard Street New York, NY, 10002 United States

Cider Week, Wassail, and the Lower East Side BID is hosting the inaugural Lower East Cider Festival on Sunday, November 8, from noon-4pm.

This annual festival—free and open to the public—will showcase participating cider makers and apple growers from the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island and NYC who will be pouring samples along­side restaurants like Huertas NYC, Northern Spy Food Co., Back Forty West and more serving cider-­friendly dishes like Basque sausage, oysters and grilled cheese to highlight the pairing qualities of cider.

In addition, the festival will feature a community cider press with rare and unique cider apples provided by Steve Wood, legendary grower and cidermaker of Farnum Hill Cider who has been growing cider apples for over 30 years. Jahil Maplestone of Descendant Cider Co., NYC’s first licensed urban cidery, will grind and press the apples into juice for a lucky few who have pre­-purchased a gallon to take home and ferment. Brooklyn homebrew shop, Bitter & Esters will provide everything else budding cidermakers will need to make cider, including a copy of April White and Steve Wood’s Apples to Cider: How to Make Cider at Home.

Farnum Hill Cider, Eve's Cidery, Eden Ice Cider, Slyboro Ciderhouse and Foggy Ridge Cider will also be offering a $5 guided tasting from noon to 4pm in Wassail’s back room.

Heritage Radio Network will be onsite throughout the afternoon interviewing cider makers and festival attendees for future broadcast.

Participating NY state orchards and cideries:
Angry Orchard, Aaron Burr Cider, Bad Seed Cider, Blackduck Cidery, Descendant Cider, Doc’s Draft Cider, Good Life Cider, Harvest Moon Cider, Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider, Nine Pin Ciderworks, Orchard Hill Cider Mill, Slyboro Cider House

Participating “Guest” Cideries:
Eve’s Cidery, Eden Ice Cider, Farnum Hill Ciders, Foggy Ridge Cider

Participating Restaurants:
Back Forty, Clawdaddy’s, Galli, Goodfella’s Pizza, Huertas, Northern Spy, The Queens Kickshaw, Wassail