It’s Apple Week in the Big Apple

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Slow Food NYC is celebrating Apple Week in the Big Apple from October 23-29. With a series of events, Slow Food will celebrate the variety and quality of our regional apples, particularly heirloom varieties like the Newtown Pippin. And as usually, Slow Food will be highlighting and supporting the family farmers who produce them.

Participating restaurants will be offering special apple-inspired items and donating proceeds to Slow Food NYC for each apple menu or dish ordered. Slow Food NYC will use the proceeds to provide young Newtown Pippin trees to regional family farmers with the goal of increasing the availability of this delicious and historically significant apple. For a list of restaurants, see the Apple Week 2005 website.

Other Apple Week events include:

Tuesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm, Murray’s Cheese(254 Bleecker Street), hosts a guided tasting of American hard ciders from Farnum Hill paired with American artisan cheeses. Farnum Hill ciders, made from traditional cider apples, like the Esopus Spitzenburg, are unique for their complexity and food friendliness. Tickets to this event are $30 for SF members, $35 for non-members. Reservations may be made by e-mailing

Saturday, October 29th, Slow Food NYC and Greenmarket, a program of the Council on the Environment of NYC, sponsors Kids Apple Festivals at three Greenmarkets. The festivities include: free apple, cider, and doughnut tastings; pumpkin painting and apple stamping; cider pressing; music and dance performance; cooking demonstrations; gifts; and apple baking contests. Festivals will be held at Union Square and TriBeCa Greenmarkets in Manhattan between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Apple baking contest entries will be accepted between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for 1 p.m. judging) and Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket in Brooklyn between 10 a.m. and 12 noon. (Apple baking contest entries will be accepted between 10 a.m. and 12 noon for 12 noon judging.)