NEWS RELEASE: Historic Huguenot Street Announces Local Cider Market & Tasting, Introduces Historic Crab Apple Cider

NEW PALTZ, NY (May 29, 2015) – As part of both New York State’s Path Through History Weekend and Hudson Valley Cider Week, Historic Huguenot Street will host a local cider market and tasting on Saturday, June 20.

The market will feature 9 Hudson Valley cider makers, including: Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider (produced at Breezy Hill Orchard and Stone Ridge Orchard), Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery (maker of Doc’s® Draft Ciders, Warwick), Glorie Farm Winery (Marlboro), The Standard Cider Company (owned by Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville), Aaron Burr Cidery (Wurtsboro), Orchard Hill Cider Mill (located at Soons Orchard, New Hampton), Kettleborough Cider House (New Paltz), Pitchfork Hard Cider (Poughkeepsie), and Angry Orchard (opening a new facility in Walden).

As part of the market, Historic Huguenot Street and Kettleborough Cider House will be introducing a historic crab apple hard cider, brewed by Kettleborough in collaboration with HHS. The cider’s use of crab apples is true to how the early founders of New Paltz would have brewed their own cider, which was a popular colonial drink.

“We are so excited to offer tastings of our first Huguenot Street cider,” said Kara Gaffken, Director of Public Programming, who organized the market. “Kettleborough Cider House is one of the few cideries in the region that has planted and harvested the bittersweet and bittersharp apples that our ancestors would have used for cider making.”

Glynwood, the agricultural non-profit that created Cider Week, will be present at the market with information about their programs, including their Farm Business Incubator located on 323 acres near New Paltz. Cider Week, now in its fifth year, has been successful in driving market demand for regional craft cider and has helped to noticeably increase sales and profitability for apple and cider producers.

The market will take place on the Deyo House lawn across from the DuBois Fort (81 Huguenot Street) and will be open from 12 – 4 pm. Vendors will be selling ciders and other products from their farms, as well as offering tastings of their various hard ciders. Admission is $5 and grants access for the duration of the market. Guests tasting cider must be 21+ with ID.

A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street is a 501(c)3 non-profit that encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres that was the heart of the original 1678 New Paltz settlement, including seven stone houses that date to the early eighteenth century.  It was founded in 1894 as the Huguenot Patriotic, Historical, and Monumental Society to preserve the nationally acclaimed collection of stone houses. Since then, Historic Huguenot Street has grown into an innovative museum, chartered as an educational corporation by the University of the State of New York, that is dedicated to protecting our historic buildings, conserving an important collection of artifacts and manuscripts, and promoting the stories of the Huguenot Street families, from the sixteenth century to today. 


Kaitlin Gallucci
Communications & Marketing Manager
(845) 255-1660