Melbourne to highlight cider’s best of the best

10 Jun 2014

Host city announced for National Cider Awards and Festival

Melbourne has been chosen as the city to host this year’s Australian Cider Awards and 2014 Australian Cider Festival.

Cider Australia president Sam Reid said the events have been held in NSW in past years but the organisation wanted to expand and celebrate the growing success of the industry across the country.

The annual event attracts around 50 of the country’s leading artisan and boutique cider and perry makers, battling it out for bragging rights as the best product in the country.

“The awards are growing in stature in line with the expanding and maturing industry in Australia,” Mr Reid said.

“Last year’s international judge was so impressed with the variety and quality of cider products presented for judging.

“He also commented about the wonderful passion displayed by the cider makers, who are constantly pushing the boundaries to ensure Australia is internationally recognised as an innovative and respected cider region.

“We expect this year’s awards to be even bigger and better, which is testament to the drive and dedication of our local producers.”

The awards dinner will be on Friday, October 10th, with a cider festival to run at Ormond Hall at The Village on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of October.

“It is exciting for us to feature Melbourne in this year’s schedule of events and we are looking forward to announcing more details about judges and the awards program in the coming weeks,” Mr Reid said.

Media Note: For more details or to arrange interviews/photos please contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759. Twitter: @cideraustralia

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