Cider Week celebrates growing industry in Finger Lakes

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Cider Week kicked off in the Finger Lakes Friday. The week-long event is a celebration of the hard cider revival in New York State, featuring everything from tastings to orchard tours.

New York State has become a leader in the cider industry thanks to its ideal conditions for growing apples. There are over 50 cideries in the Finger Lakes Region, making it a hot spot destination for tourists. One of those places is Embark Craft Ciderworks in Williamson.

Co-owner Jake Lagoner opened Embark in 2015. He says business has been booming and they plan on it getting even bigger. 

“It’s been going well so far,” Lagoner said. “(We) just became really passionate about it over the years and it’s just something we wanted to try.”

While many of these cideries have been apple farms for generations, there has been an influx of tourism and change in government regulations resulting in an invested interest. 

“We’ve been planting specific cider fruit the last five years, specifically for this cidery and we need to do that every season, with the expectation of growth in this whole cider industry,” Lagoner said.

The expansion of different cideries will be on display here at Embark. In fact, 17 different vendors will be displaying off some of their products during their Cider Fest on Friday, Sept. 29 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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