5 May 2014
North of the Snowy Mountains, the town of Batlow is one of Australia’s leading apple producing regions. CiderFest combines an industry conference and street festival in support of the Australian apple industry and a rapidly evolving cider industry.
Now in its third year, the annual Cider Industry Conference will take place at the Batlow RSL on Friday, 16 May. The conference is aimed at those either looking to start in the industry, or already involved, and features international and Australian guest speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities within the current market. Learn how to establish a small cidery in a talk by Drew Henry, an orchadist and cidermarket from country Victoria. Discover the highs and lows of value adding from Joanne and Glen Fahey, owners of the family-run Glenbernie Orchard in Darkes Forest, 30 km north of Wollongong. Conferences tickets cost $50 – payable at the door with prior RSVP – and include access to all presentations, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, and a cider tasting session.
Sample more great-tasting cider and enjoy the region’s fresh produce at the CiderFest Street Festival on Saturday, 17 May. Batlow’s Pioneer Street will be lined with food stalls selling everything from cider sausages, burgers made with local beef, and pig on a spit. Take advantage of the great sales on local cider varieties. Live music across the day will provide a smooth soundtrack to an enjoyable day in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains.
Batlow is also well known for a variety of other fruit orchards. In addition to apples, the area also produces stone fruit, berries, pears and cherries. Book your Batlow accommodation and spend the weekend fruit picking. Take in more of the area’s natural beauty on your way in or out of town by driving on the scenic Snowy Valley Way, and enjoy an exhilarating experience on the open road.