Canberra the cider capital in March

3 Mar 2014

Award winning and innovative cider producers will converge on Canberra this week for an Annual General Meeting with a twist.

After 30 Cider Australia members thrash out policies and political plays at the third-annual meeting, they will show off how successful their industry is fast becoming at a number of fun events open to the general public.

The Cider Australia AGM will run this coming Thursday from 10am at Gorman House Arts Centre, where the main agenda items focus on taxation as well as labelling laws for better product integrity.

Then the fun begins!

A Tap Takeover will be held at The Durham, in Green Square, Kingston, where more than 20 ciders will be available for sample – 10 on tap and over 20 more in bottles.

Cider festivities at The Durham will extend throughout the weekend.

“It’s a great opportunity to mingle with producers and industry experts, hear about the craft of cider making and the key issues of importance to the industry,” said Cider Australia President James Kendell.

“Cider is quickly becoming a very popular beverage and we are so proud of our niche and craft producers from all over the country. This is a great way for the general public to acquaint themselves with some of the best cider makers in the business and hear about our future vision for the industry.”

Tap Takeover runs from 5pm to late with free entry, canapés and snacks plus fantastic giveaways throughout the night.

On Friday, between noon and 2pm, there will be a Cider Tasting at Plonk Beer & Wine Shop, Fyshwick Markets, with free samples from a vast array of cider makers.

Fyshwick Markets is running an Apple and Pear Festival all weekend.

Participating producers include AB, Apple Thief, Batlow, Bilpin, Custard & Co, Darkes, Dickens, Dr Pilkington’s, Frank’s, Henry of Harcourt, Hillbilly, Hills, Jolly Miller, LOBO, Magners, Napoleone, Small Acres, Spreyton, Stassen, Sydney Cider, Too Many Chiefs and Willie Smith’s.

Media Note: President James Kendell will be available for media interviews after the AGM. For more details or to arrange interviews/pictures please contact executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759.

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