This festival featured unlimited cider from over 50 different brands!
Food Loves Beer Editors
EDIBLE MANHATTAN GOOD CIDER FESTIVAL
We had the opportunity to attend Edible Manhattan's first ever Good Cider Festival on Wednesday March 18, 2015. We were beyond happy to have received the invitation because cider, especially hard cider, has a warm spot in our hearts. We’ve even made a batch or two. Okay, making cider is something of an annual tradition. So it’s safe to say we really love good cider, and this event exceeded our expectations and then some.
The evening’s festivities took place at the stunning Three Sixty° in Tribeca. It's one of our favorite venues because of its panoramic rooftop views of the Hudson River and downtown NYC.
We met the makers and learned everything we ever wanted to know about cider. Of course, what we loved most was the chance to taste some ciders (from a selection of over 50 leading local and national brands) and pair them with delectable culinary treats from the local restaurants and food vendors that were on site.
If all of this wonderfulness wasn’t enough, Edible's Good Cider Festival was for a good cause. The event benefited the New York Cider Association. There were far too many great cider choices (and food choices) to list them all here, but cider lovers, allow us to whet your appetite with a few highlights from the evening.
Yes. We were awestruck by the awesomeness of Awestruck's Lavender Hops, a unique, bittersweet cider infused with a secret blend of hops and sweet lavender. We liked it so much we brought home a bottle to enjoy, and we have some recipes in mind so stay tuned for those.
Delicious doesn't even begin to describe the Long Island Duck Confit on NY Cheddar Thyme Biscuit from Dekalb Restaurant. This heavenly bite begged to be savored again (and again).
We sampled three sparkling ciders from Bellwether: the Brut Bottle-Conditioned Lord Scudamore, the Semi-Dry Liberty Spy, and the Semi-Sweet Cherry Street, a lightly sparkling blend of apple and tart cherry.
Jimmy’s No. 43's Cider Braised Bacon and Brussels Sprouts proved once again that bacon makes Brussels sprouts better, as does cider!
Doc’s Draft Hard Cider is always a favorite and their "Dry Hopped" variation doesn't disappoint. The citrus and floral hop character (provided by Centennial and Chinook hops) is apparent from the first sip of this otherwise traditional cider.
We really enjoyed Maeve’s Hudson Valley Cider, a sparkling craft cider with pronounced floral and light citrus notes.
Nine Pin Ciderworks Belgian Hard Cider also piqued our interest. Fermented with Belgian Abbey Ale yeast, it’s no wonder this farmhouse cider with tropical fruit notes reminded us of a fine Belgian ale.
We're pretty sure that this Braised Beef Cheek with Roasted Peppers and Celery Purée from Paulaner NYC defines succulent and there's probably a picture of it right above that definition in the dictionary.
Yummy vanilla bean panna cotta with caramel-cider reduction & crunchy granola from Grace’s Marketplace was the ideal dessert to complement cider.
South Hill Pommeau is fabulous and we fell madly in love with it. Aged for months, Pommeau is a blend of Apple Spirits (Eau de Vie) with unfermented and unfiltered apple cider. It has notes of apple, honey, and cloves and is perfect as an aperitif or digestif.