Hudson Valley’s Stone Ridge Orchard Hosts Socially Distanced Farm-to-Treble Event Series: Cider & BBQ, Applepalooza and Gaybaret

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To support local farms and farm land preservation during Covid-19, the “Farm-to-Treble” event series features exclusive experiences in the fall with farm fresh dinners, apple and peach picking, orchard walks, live music and local New York State cider and beer.

This Labor Day Weekend kicks off the first events of “Farm-to-Treble,” a series of socially distanced, exclusive fall farm events at Stone Ridge Orchard, just two hours north of New York City in the Hudson Valley. Attendees will be socially distanced in field “pods” for late afternoons and evenings under the stars and overlooking the orchard, the farm house and acres of bucolic farmland.
All of the events feature exclusive cider tastings and orchard talks with renowned and award-winning cider maker, pomologist and farmer Elizabeth Ryan – an expert and leader in the Hudson Valley local farm-to-table and agriculture scene for decades and one of the foremost international authorities on all things cider. The tastings will take place under an exquisite majestic 300-year old oak tree high atop the sprawling farm at the crest with a view of the Hudson Valley.

Sat. and Sun. September 5th & 6th – “Cider, Blues & BBQ:” The first events of the series, will take place over Labor Day Weekend. Tickets include farm and orchard access; a farm fresh BBQ dinner and dessert by local Poughkeepsie restaurant and favorite food truck caterer Farmers & Chefs; an open bar with local beer and craft cider, (local wine and cocktails additional) plus an option for a VIP guided tasting with Elizabeth Ryan under the oak tree.

There will also be live music, including featured Brooklyn blues artists, Bette Smith on Saturday 9/5 and Slam Allen on Sunday 9/6. On 9/5, rock, blues and soul singer Bette Smith will be performing her life-affirming new album ‘The Good, The Bad and The Bette’ which traces back to her childhood in rough Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Musically, it connects to the gospel music she heard in church and the soul music on the corners. Although the record is officially out Sept 25, she’ll have limited edition, autographed copies available right on the farm. Plus, Bette will be doing meet and greets for VIP ticket holders to autograph them personally.

On 9/6, the internationally renowned Slam Allen will use the genres of blues, soul, R&B, and a touch of rock-and-roll to deliver a powerful soul-stirring performance. Slam captures listeners with a voice that echoes Otis Redding, a guitar that riffs on B. B. King and stage energy reminiscent of James Brown.

Kids 10 and under are free and tickets range from $39-$149, depending on options selected. Tickets:

Saturdays, September 19th & 26th – “EscapeMaker’s 6th Annual Applepalooza:” Traditionally held in NYC to promote the apple picking season in NY state,, a 20 year-old New York State agritourism business promoter and farm tour operator will be hosting their 6th Annual EscapeMaker’s Applepalooza at Stone Ridge Orchard. The event will take place over two Saturdays at the farm and will feature socially distanced fun for all ages, baked apple goods and all sorts of apple products for purchase. Not only will attendees be able to pick-your-own apples, and taste a number of varieties of local cider and kombucha, kids can participate in socially distanced activities like blanket bingo, arts & crafts and cider donut eating contests. Live music will be featured as well as exclusive cider talks and tastings with farmer Elizabeth Ryan under the oak tree. Kids 10 and under are free and tickets range from $20-$99 depending on options selected. Tickets:

Saturday, October 3rd – “GAYBARET:” With a portion of proceeds to benefit the Hudson Valley LBGTQ Center in Kingston, this fun farm fun event will be camping it up big time, starting with a souvenir beret for all VIP attendees to warm up on a brisk fall night on the farm. Tickets include a farm-fresh dinner, open bar with local cider and local beer and special cider cocktails (local wine and other cocktails extra) and a comedy and drag-show cabaret featuring NYC drag queens Horrorchata and Merrie Cherry, and transgender comedian Jaye McBride and more. Tickets range from $99-$199 depending on options selected. Tickets:

To maintain Covid-19 regulations throughout the event series, the audience is limited to 50 pods per event spaced over expansive acres of mowed and manicured field.s Hand sanitizer stations will be provided and mask wearing outside pods or at a 10ft distance in the orchards will be enforced by event security. In addition, food and beverage pick-up will be spaced and timed with contactless online ordering. When purchasing tickets online, all attendees must have agreed to the health affidavit in order to gain admittance into the event to allow contact tracing.

Stone Ridge Orchard also offers a few overnight “glamping” lodging options on these weekends for a lucky few attendees who can snap them up before they are gone. Listings are available on In addition, some rooms are still available at Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in nearby Saugerties.

Series partners include, Dima Production, Farmers & Chefs, Fulton Stall Market, Heritage Radio Network, Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, OUT Hudson and Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern and the New York Cider Association.

Visit to learn more and purchase tickets for the series and support the farm.

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