New York City’s Cider Week Origin
Glynwood launched the inaugural Cider Week in 2010 as an outcome of a travel exchange between French and American cider producers. Distinctive products like hard cider evoke a local food culture and sense of place that is closely tied to agriculture, in addition to garnering more profit for farmers. Recognizing these opportunities while addressing the still-real obstacles faced by our farming community, Glynwood’s goal was to foster a cider market in the Hudson Valley as the linchpin in a chain of positive social, environmental, economic and community benefits.
For Cider Makers
The initial Cider Week festivals connected cider makers from New York’s Hudson Valley to buyers from top restaurants, bars, and retail shops across the Hudson Valley region and in New York City, through staff education and tastings; these trade professionals in turn used their platforms to share cider with their guests and shoppers at cider-centric tastings, dinners, classes and more. Additionally, cider makers welcomed enthusiasts to visit their Hudson Valley farms and cideries, offering tasting room events and orchard tours.
New York City’s Cider Week Today
Cider Weeks are now held in the Finger Lakes and Western New York, as well as in NYC and the Hudson Valley. These festivals are a production of the New York Cider Association, and are intended to cultivate an appreciation for New York’s orchard-based cider by showcasing its diversity, food-friendliness, and excellent quality.