A world-class panel of cider experts will assemble in Melbourne next week to judge the 8th annual Australian Cider Awards.
Show organiser Cider Australia has announced record entries this year, with judges to critique 260 products from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and England.
Cider Australia Vice President Warwick Billings said the Awards recognise excellence in cider production and lay the foundations of the organisation’s efforts to build a sustainable cider category in Australia.
“This year we have seen continued strong growth in the Dry and Medium Cider classes and a quadrupling of entries in the Cider with Fruit class”, said Warwick.
“We introduced two new classes and refined our style guidelines to ensure the competition remains relevant to the rapidly evolving market, and the entry statistics are testament to the growing consumer demand for certain styles”.
Award winners will be announced at the industry’s annual gala dinner at the Mercure Sydney on Friday 5 October.
Warwick said that Cider Australia will also host an Australian Cider Forum on Friday 5 October that will feature the launch of a new 100% Australian Grown trust mark.
“Once the formalities are over, Sydney-siders can join us at the Australian Cider Festival at the Mercure Sydney on Saturday 6 October, to sample many of the best ciders available on our shores”, said Warwick.
The sixth Australian Cider Festival will be held at the Mercure Sydney at the top of George Street, Chippendale from 12-6pm on Saturday 6th October.
Cider Australia President Sam Reid said festival attendees are in for a treat with 20+ craft cider producers to exhibit alongside a feast of tempting food and live entertainment.
“Festival goers will be able to sample and meet the makers of the best ciders available in Australia while relaxing on the Mercure’s sunny outdoor terrace – worlds apart from the hustle and bustle of Railway Square below”, Mr Reid said.
“Many of the ciders that producers will show at the festival can only be tasted when visiting cellar doors, so this is a great opportunity to try some weird and wonderful ciders you might not otherwise see”, said Mr Reid.
“There is no better place than the Australian Cider Festival to brush up your cider knowledge and join in the biggest celebration of craft cider ever held in Australia!”
Tickets to the Australian Cider Festival are $40 (presale)/$45 (at the door) and available.