Pommelier to feature at 2019 Cider Conference

31 Dec 2018

AusCider 2019, Tasmania, 3-5 June 2019

National industry body Cider Australia has announced that next year’s national cider conference will be held in Tasmania from 3 – 5 June 2019.

AusCider 2019 will bring together cider producers, fruit growers, researchers and cider industry representatives from across Australia. The UK’s first accredited pommelier (cider sommelier), award winning drinks writer and consultant Jane Peyton will join proceedings as guest international delegate and keynote speaker.

President of Cider Australia and co-founder of Willie Smith’s Cider Makers, Sam Reid, said the cider industry is grateful for the support of the Tasmanian Government which has enabled Cider Australia to bring the conference to Tasmania.

“Tasmania is overloaded with exceptional food and drink experiences and has fast become a national hub for fermentation R&D, making it the perfect place to hold the 2019 conference”, said Mr Reid.

AusCider 2019 will be held in conjunction with the annual conference of Fruit Growers Tasmania (FGT). “FGT are excited to have Cider Australia join them in Hobart for their 2019 conference”, said the organisation’s CEO Stu Burgess. “The Tasmanian fruit sector has a long history of supporting the cider industry with numerous premium brands producing exceptional value added products for sale at cellar door, domestically and also in high value export markets. In the first week of June, we look forward to showcasing the fantastic profitable businesses right from ‘paddock to bottle’!”

Members of state-based cider industry body Cider Tasmania are delighted that the conference is being held locally and look forward to contributing to making the conference a success. The conference program will include one and a half days at the C3 Convention Centre in South Hobart followed by site visits and events in other regions of Tasmania.

Further information about the conference including program and ticketing information will be released on Cider Australia’s website in early 2019.


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About Cider Australia

Cider Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation funded by cider businesses and sponsors, established in 2012. It aims to build a sustainable cider category by undertaking activities that improve the quality of ciders produced and marketed in Australia. The organisation represents the interests of the cider industry to policy makers, calling for regulations and policies that support a diverse and evolving cider industry.

About AusCider 2019

The Australian Cider Conference (AusCider 2019) is the cider industry’s annual information exchange and networking event. It connects cider producers, fruit growers, researchers, suppliers and other industry representatives from Australia and internationally. The Batlow CiderFest organised and ran the first seven conferences in Batlow, NSW. Cider Australia will now manage the event as it moves to major cider centres in other states.


To interview Cider Australia spokespeople and other industry representatives, please contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759 or office@cideraustralia.org.au.

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