Kevin Dodds, Development Officer – Temperate Fruits, NSW Department of Primary Industries, encourages all cider lovers and makers to attend this year’s CiderFest and Cider Industry Conference.
CiderFest is a unique combination of Industry Conference and Community Festival held on the third Friday and Saturday of May each year in the picturesque apple growing town of Batlow, NSW.
The 3rd Annual CiderFest will be held on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th May, 2014. Last year over 5,000 people flocked to the mountain village to sample some great Aussie ciders and fine foods. Some came a day earlier to attend the conference and learn more about cider production and marketing.
The 2014 Cider Industry Conference, to be held on Friday 16th May at the Batlow RSL Club, aims to provide cider growers, producers and marketers with an opportunity to network and hear from key note speakers representing all facets of the cider industry. The conference is also a useful starting point for anyone contemplating joining the cider industry.
The concept of value adding apples is very much at the core of the Cider Industry Conference and the organisers hope that the conference will inspire existing fruit producers to look beyond their traditional fresh markets.
Presenters this year include Justin Hall, Managing Director and shareholder of Redwood Cider Co. New Zealand. Justin will present a snapshot of the NZ Cider industry. Sam Reid of Willie Smith Cider (Tasmania) will deliver a similar presentation on the Tasmanian cider industry.
Glenn and Joanne Fahey of Glenbernie Orchard and Darkes “Howler” Cider will share their insights on the highs and lows of value adding to orchard produce whilst Drew Henry of Henry’s of Harcourt will talk about establishing a small cidery.
The committee are very excited about this year’s program as it offers something for everyone from the orchardist to the dedicated craft cider producer and marketers.
Cider Industry Conference registration is $50 per head including morning and afternoon tea, lunch and a learning / networking opportunity not to be missed. RSVP ASAP to me (email@example.com or 0427 918 315) to secure your place as registrations close Monday 12th May 2014.
On Saturday 17th May, Batlow’s main street will be closed to traffic and lined with cider, food and craft stalls for the 3rd Annual CiderFest Street Festival. A carnival atmosphere will fill the street as friends and family gather to relax and enjoy a range of ciders and fine foods.
There will be roving entertainers as well as onstage local performers and a children’s play area to help keep the kids entertained.
The 2014 Batlow CiderFest, Cider Industry Conference and Street Festival are unique events that offer something for everyone from cider maker to cider lover.
Don’t miss it!
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