This October, the esteemed Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour returns for its 26th year, inviting apple aficionados from western and central New York to indulge in the rich, autumnal festivities in New York State’s largest apple-producing county. The event, ongoing since 1997, offers a vibrant array of family-friendly activities including apple picking, corn mazes, and tractor rides, alongside exquisite wine and cider tastings. Visitors can immerse themselves in the essence of fall with splendid scenic views and a myriad of apple varieties.
Marking Wayne County’s Bicentennial year, this year’s tour holds special significance, celebrating milestones like the 50th anniversary of The Apple Shed and welcoming back Burnap’s Farm Market & Garden Café. Participants can navigate through the tour using the event’s app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store, or opt for a paper copy available at the tour stops. The app provides detailed information about each stop and incorporates an interactive “passport” game, where visitors collect letters at each stop to solve a word jumble, making them eligible for a grand prize raffle concluding in October.
Running throughout October, the self-driven tour collaborates with 10 local businesses and is peppered with fall-centric activities, allowing visitors to relish the apple harvest through a multitude of experiences, ranging from exploring farm markets and apple orchards to enjoying exquisite wine at local wineries. Special “Tasting Weekend” experiences from October 6-9 will augment the celebrations, promising additional events and learnings about apples. For those wanting to savor diverse flavors, a range of farm stops offer everything from apple salsa and homemade preserves to hard cider, allowing guests to stock up on fall essentials and discover their apple preferences. For additional details and directions, prospective visitors can refer to the tour’s website or contact Wayne County Tourism.
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