Cider News Roundup, pre-harvest edition

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Well, summer is coming to a close at Poverty Lane Orchards.  We’ve noticed that as temperatures drop, the cider world comes to life.  So before we get even farther behind on our scan of cider news, here’s an update from near and far. (CW)

First, a huge congratulations and shout out to the Northwest Cider Association.  They keep West Coast Cider front and center with a full schedule of activities including cider sampling, classes, festivals, and Cider Summits in both Portland and Seattle.

Closer to home, just after we open for the 2011 pick-your-own season, Bill Bradshaw and Pete Brown will be visiting.  This duo, a photographer (Bill) and author (Pete), both from England, are putting together a book about cider around the world.  Their fall trip to the US, dubbed “Bill and Pete’s Excellent Adventure,”  was recently featured on IAMCIDER, Bill Bradshaw’s blog:

“Back in June, the morning after my wedding, the very trustworthy and American sounding treasurer of the formidable Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association USA, mister Mike Beck, got in touch to invite my sore-headed self and iPhone-drowning author Pete Brown on a whirlwind 8 day trip to document the cider scene in the area at the top of the States between New England and the Great Lakes.

Stage 1: A roadtrip around the beautiful New England area to get the low down on cidermaking there. We start by visiting Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Cider (NH) and then head out to meet a few more likely types including Eden Ice Cider (VT), Slyboro Ciderhouse (NY), West County Cider (MA), and Green Mountain/Woodchuck Cider (VT.)

Stage 2: We’re then flying over to Detroit to meet up with Mike Beck and attend the Great Lakes Cider Festival at Uncle John’s Cider Mill in Michigan. (I know nothing about Michigan other than it gets very cold up there in winter, there is wildlife that can eat you and its full of interesting settler type history.) The following day we head right up to the very northern part of Michigan for a very special cider dinner hosted by Tandem Ciders. Then south to Muskegon on the western part of the Lower Peninsula to tour Vandermill Cider with the whole trip culminating in a ferry trip over a massive lake to visit  AEppelTreow cider in Wisconsin (another state I also know less than nothing about) to finally arrive back to earth with a slump as we crawl vaguely towards Chicago to find an airport home.”

And finally, get ready for the first ever New York City Cider Week! From October 16 – 22, New York restaurants, retailers and bars will join together to explore cider.  The planning for this collaborative effort between Hudson River Valley agricultural non-profit Glynwood, cider producers, wholesalers, and apple growers began last May, and the Cider Week schedule will be finalized soon.  Expect chances to taste, learn about and enjoy cider — and we’re hoping that the cider enthusiasm we’ve seen recently will help make this an annual event.

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