This past Saturday, John and I went to Ciderfeast! It’s a day-long event at the South Street Seaport with all types of cider tastings from different locations, as well as some food tastings. We also pigged out on some really tasty Fall comfort foods that were being served up on big BBQ grills.
I love hard cider, and actually prefer it over beer during the Fall. It’s such a seasonal beverage that makes me want to hop into a huge pile of leaves while wearing a cozy flannel shirt…so I was obviously in cider-tasting heaven on Saturday.
I love sweet ciders, so my absolute favorite from the tastings was the Rekorderling Cider, which is made with pure Swedish spring water and is blended with fruit to create delicious flavors: Pear, Strawberry Lime, and Berry. John and I tasted the Strawberry-Lime, which was garnished with a lime and a sprig of mint, and the Pear which was garnished with a lemon. They were both amazing!
My next two favorite ciders were Wolffer No. 139 Dry Rosé Cider and Yankee Folly Cider. I’m obsessed with the beautiful packaging and design of the Wolffer No. 139 ciders, which are sold in colorful 4-pack bottles with a cool and colorful abstract label design. It definitely caught my eye, and the taste was spot-on. I tasted the Rosé variation because I was told it was the sweetest (there was also a white cider), and I really liked it. I also thought it was cool that this cider hailed from the Hamptons in Long Island, NY.
The cider I tried from Yankee Folly Cidery had the closest taste to biting into a real apple, which I loved. Locally crafted in New Paltz by self-proclaimed Cider Master & Mad Scientist Edmund Tomaselli on his family-run orchard, the Yankee Folly Cider has an amazing taste and features over 40 apple variations such as the Golden Russet, an apple that was actually brought here from Germany by the owners of the orchard. This cider is packaged in a classy looking wine bottle style.
I’ll be posting photos of the full outfit that I wore to Ciderfeast in an upcoming post, so check back soon!
Fall is undeniably in full force now, and with NYC temperatures slipping down into the low 60’s lately, I’ll definitely be doing a lot of bundling up and cider-sipping! What doy you do to get into the cozy Fall spirit? Leave me a comment below!