2017 Australian Cider Awards now open

5 Jun 2017

Cider Australia today launched this year’s national cider competition and expects the number of entries to surpass past records.

The seventh annual Australian Cider Awards will recognise excellence in cider making as a world-class judging panel prepares to scrutinise hundreds of cider and perry products from across the world.

President of Cider Australia Sam Reid said the Awards enables the cider industry to celebrate its amazing transformation over the past decade.

“Cider Australia is proud to run the largest cider competition in the southern hemisphere and be leading the premiumisation of the category through improved product quality and education of drinkers”.

“The Awards help lift the benchmark for the Australian cider industry each year which is really exciting. From the quality and number of entries it attracts to the standard of judging, we continue to improve and build momentum each year”, said Mr Reid.

“I encourage all producers and distributors of cider products sold in Australia to enter as there is no better way to evaluate your product and see how it stacks up against competitors”.

“This year I’m really excited about the new presentation format where we are focussing on fewer awards and up weighting the importance of each”.

“I’m looking forward to seeing how many entries we see in the ‘Distilled and Intensified class’ as we see the rise of ‘craft spirits’ as well as the new awards for Most Successful Small and Most Successful Larger Cider Producer’” said Mr Reid.

Twenty categories will be judged including the standard dry, medium and sweet cider and perry classes along with a number of specialty, intensified and distilled classes.

Winners of the awards will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of Friday 27th October, which will be followed by the annual Australian Cider Festival at Melbourne’s Malthouse Theatre Courtyard on Saturday 28th October.

You can enter the 2017 Australian Cider Awards online via www.cideraustralia.org.au

People can follow the progress of the awards via twitter or by following the #australianciderawards hashtag.

Entries close on Friday 1st September 2017.


2017 Australian Cider Awards – Key dates

Entries Open Mon 5 June
Entries Close Fri 1 Sept
Deliver Entries 1 Sept – 15 Sept
Judging (closed to public) Tue 26 and Wed 27 Sept
Awards Presentation Fri 27 Oct
Australian Cider Festival Sat 28 Oct

Media representatives are invited to visit the judging in central Melbourne, but this is closed to the public.


For more details contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759 or visit www.cideraustralia.org.au   

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