We are now so close to the start of Finger Lakes Cider Week! I can almost taste it. But, I thought it might be nice to highlight a few events that are especially welcoming to vegetarians. I eat a plant-based diet, so I'm partly being selfish and planning out a few of my own RSVPs for the week. Some folks love love love pork with cider, but they will have no trouble finding exciting meals for that classic combo, but this list is for those of us who look beyond that into vegetable and cider pairings.
The number one event for food variety will be Apple Harvest Festival in Ithaca.
This event runs Friday September 30th through Sunday October 2nd on the commons in downtown Ithaca. You can find out about all of the activities and vendors at the website:
There's not one set of cider and food pairings but you can fantastic food from more than a dozen places, much of it vegetarian and several local cider places will be sampling and selling cider too.
The next event I want to highligh for vegetable lovers is the Tap Takeover at Moosewood Restaurant. The taps will feature South Hill Cider, Black Diamond Cider, and 1911 cider as well as the classic rotating menu that has made Moosewood famous since the 70s.
Here's a link to Moosewood's page about the restaurant: http://www.moosewoodcooks.com/restaurant/
and to the Facebook event for the tap takeover:
5 Days 5 Courses at Agava in Ithaca
Starting this Sunday at Agava, there will be a 5 course tasting menu including vegetarian options and local cider. I know South Hill Cider will be featured, but I have a feeling that other local cideries will be available as well. I do the cider week tasting menu every year at Agava and I've never been disappointed
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/214101639006133/
Cider Menu at Taverna Banfi in Ithaca
I called the restaurant to find out if this week's special menu could be vegetarian friendly and I was assured that all off the special even menus at Taverna Banfi include vegetarian options and that this week will be no exception.
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/172553043184235/
Cider Pairing Dinner featuring South Hill Cider at Nortstar House in Ithaca
This is another restaurant I called, and I'm glad I did because of the enthusiastic response! I love Northstar House and they tend to be very vegetable-centric and inclusive of vegetarians. This dinner will be multiple courses featuring different ciders from South Hill Cider and delicious dishes by their chef.
Finger Lakes Cider House Presents: Cider + Cheese Saturday on Saturday, October 8th, 11:00am – 6:00pm at Finger Lakes Cider House, 4017 Hickock Rd. Interlaken, NY 14847
They are celebrating the magnificent pairing that is cheese and cider with area cideries and creameries in to offer you cider and cheeses paired up for your tasting enjoyment from more producers than you can imagine.
Event page: http://www.ciderweekflx.com/event/finger-lakes-cider-house-presents-cider-cheese-saturday/
Cider + Cheese Saturday at Engelbert Farms on Saturday, October 8th, 10:00am-5:00pm at 182 Sunnyside Rd, Nichols, NY 13812
There will be free farm tours (weather permitting) from 11 to 4 on each hour. Free samples of Engelbert’s organic cheeses and smoked sausages will be available all day. Certified organic cheeses – cheddars, goudas, feta, moochego and moovache, as well as farm-raised certified organic meats and some winter vegetables will be available for purchase in the farm store. Here are the cideries that will be represented on the farm for the day: Eve’s Cidery and Good Life Farm!
Cheese + Cider Saturday at Blackduck Cidery Saturday, October 8th, 10:00am – 5:00pm at 3046 Co Rd 138, Ovid, NY 14521.
This event will feature Crosswinds Creamery at Blackduck Cidery for cheese & cider tastings and pairings. Visitors can enjoy cider and family fun at the Candor Farm Festival. There will be barn tours, goat milk NY state made products, Eve's Cidery cider, and demonstrations of Atlatl (for those who don't know that's a specific type of ancient spear throwing). Just be sure to finish up your spear throwing before you settle in for some cider!
One last cheese and cider pairing-
Orchard Tour & Tasting at Redbyrd Orchard Cider on October 9th, tours at 11:00am and 1:00pm at 4491 Reynolds Rd, Trumansburg, NY 14886
At this event you can join orchardists and cider makers for a tour of their biodynamic orchard and learn more about what goes into each bottle of Redbyrd Orchard Cider by seeing the trees, sheep, geese, and family. Orchard walking tour beginning at 1pm and ending with a lovely apple, cheese, and Redbyrd Orchard Cider tasting. I've been told that this event is rain or shine.
These should be enough exciting activities to keep every vegetarian well entertained and well fed!