Category: The Big Picture

It’s Crunch Time! Trumansburg Students to Join Big Apple Crunch October 19

By Kate Frazer For many of us living in Tompkins County, fall feels incomplete without a candied apple from the Apple Harvest Festival, cider donuts from Littletree Orchards, or a cider tasting at the Finger Lakes Cider House. But there’s something magical about apples in their purest form—plucked right from the tree and savored in […]

Cider Week
Category: Food & Eating

Cider Week Finger Lakes begins September 29

The annual Cider Week Finger Lakes celebration begins on September 29th and runs through October 8th. Daily events include the 35th Annual Downtown Ithaca Apple Festival, lectures and workshops, and opportunities to meet local cider makers. In addition, over 50 locations in the Finger Lakes region will be holding tastings and cider-paired meals. Cider Week […]

Category: Food & Eating

Experience! The Finger Lakes Culinary Festival

Sunday, June 18, 2017 – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Downtown Ithaca Commons and Coltivare. Announcement from Experience! The Finger Lakes: Over 20 FLX Artisan beverage and food producers will be on the Ithaca Commons where guests will experience “tasting trios” of their favorite Finger Lakes wines, ciders, beers, spirits, cheeses, and other […]

Category: The Big Picture

Tasting event benefits Healthy Food for All

From Healthy Food For All: Whether you’re a Foodie, a Locavore, or someone who believes in healthy food as a basic human right — or all of the above — this event was created for you! You can sip and taste for a great cause. On Thursday, September 3, 2015, the Ithaca Farmers Market will […]

Redbyrd, fly on! The story behind Redbyrd Orchard Cider

…from Eric Shatt and Deva Maas cidermakers, orchardists, parents and collaborators @ Finger Lakes Cider House The Orchard In 2003 we started our vision for Redbyrd Cider by planting an orchard high on a hill top near Burdett .  We planted on one acre over 30 varieties of heirloom,  and European cider apple varieties on […]


Redbyrd Orchard Cider Release Party!

Meet the Cider Maker

Eric Shatt is a creative cider maker, amazing orchardist and wonderful wild-crafter. We love that he is grafting wild-found varieties into his orchard, and that he and Deva and their young family is in on the gig.

Built to Pair

FLCH chef Katie Church will prepare a curated tasting board of local delicacies chosen specifically to go with the Rebyrd Orchard Cider flight, including the new releases!


Join us for 2 new Redbyrd Ciders…. Wickson Manchurian Crab and Celeste-Sur-Lie… and 1 new vintage- Cloudsplitter 2014! We’ll serve a full Tasting Menu of Redbyrd’s ciders, feat these two new ones, and Chef Katie will pair each cider with a bite of fabulous FLX food. Join us!

An Introduction to Steve Selin, cider maker and the rest for South Hill Cider

By Steve Selin, for Finger Lakes Cider House July 23, 2015 Steve Selin is the main force behind South Hill Cider. He does every aspect of the work from fermentation to apple hunter and orchardist, to bookkeeper and delivery boy. Steve has no shortage of hats to wear as a family man and an active musician and luthier.  […]

A Year in Orchards: early Summer thinning

Posted here and at Finger Lakes Cider House Written by Chris Negronida- bartender at FL Cider House, Orchardist at West Haven Farm and Black Diamond Farm/Cider. The apples are sizing up nicely and many of the trees are showing a good crop.  The sun has already left a red blush on many of the small apples, […]

Category: Food & Eating, Q&A

A Finger Lakes Cider House Chat with Black Diamond Cider’s Ian Merwin

The farm Black Diamond Farm takes its name from a famous old locomotive—The Black Diamond Express—that once rumbled through our farm. For almost 30 years we have been growing rare and antique apple varieties, including American heirlooms like Golden Russet, Black Oxford, Hudson’s Gem, and Newtown Pippin, and European bittersweet apples like Kingston Black, Porter’s […]

Job: Tasting Room Staff

Reposted from Craigslist: Bellwether Hard Cider and Wine Cellars is hiring part time tasting room and event staff. We have a busy Cayuga Lake Wine Trail tasting room, located 5 miles north of Taughannock State Park on Route 89. We also attend various offsite tastings and farmer’s markets, including some evening events. We are currently […]