City slickers might know the Bad Seed Hard Cider brand from Whole Foods Market, the Park Slope Co-op, and a number of popular bars throughout the boroughs. Hudson Valley residents might know Bad Seed as an offshoot of the well-known Wilklow Orchards where families can pick apples and buy fresh cider during the fall. And if you’re a DIY bride you might be interested to know that Bad Seed’s orchard and tap room in Highland, NY, is available for your wedding in a farm setting with free flowing hard cider at a reasonable price.
The tap room can be found off a quiet country road that opens up onto a portion of the Wilklow orchard and vineyard. From September through October, the tap room is open for tours and tastings of the brand’s hard cider, produced with traditional methods and modern craft beer techniques. But during spring and summer, the tap room is open for weddings that can take place indoors and out on the property.
If you visit the tap room during a regular work day, production of Bad Seed Cider will be in full swing and will look a lot like this:
Before events though, the space is cleared for rental furniture and decor which can be set up as artfully as you wish.
Dinner is served on the ground floor nestled in among the shiny cider tanks, with a bar only a few steps away from the setup. There is also a bar on the upper level where guests can amble about and take a break from the action.
Straight out through the large garage doors of the tap room is an outdoor seating area with picnic tables offering a view of the ceremony area in the adjacent orchard and vineyard.
Ceremonies usually take place around the large tree at the edge of the orchard and vineyard which provides Bad Seed with the fruit for its cider.
The Bad Seed Cidery is available for the flat fee of $1000. Open bar packages are available at $10 per person for one hour, and $20 per person for up to 4 hours including cider, craft beer, and local wine. There is also special non-alcoholic pricing for the little guests.
Catering, and all seating and decor rentals are the responsibility of couples renting the venue, although the Bad Seed staff will help you setup. Amplified music is allowed on the grounds until 11 PM. Bad Seed is also available for rehearsal parties and small events, with pricing available upon request.
Devin Britton, a co-owner of Bad Seed, says that although the venue is very popular with DIY brides, they have hosted events that were fully coordinated by local event planners. “We’ve had brides that have done everything themselves and the families provided the cooking, and we’ve had events that were very elaborate and fully catered with tents. If a bride wants the catering and the planning to be done for her, we are happy to refer them to local vendors.”
Bad Seed Cider represents a full-on Hudson Valley experience, bringing together a working farm location, a quality local product, and laid back hospitality that makes it a great option for your wedding in the valley.
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Learn more about Bad Seed Cider Company, visit https://www.badseedhardcider.com/.
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