No fewer than 28 craft cider producers will showcase 112 different ciders at the 2016 Australian Cider Festival to be held in Melbourne on Saturday.
A large crowd is expected to attend the annual festival being held at the Malthouse Theatre Forecourt in Southbank, as the Australian craft cider industry revels in another year of strong growth.
The festival is open from 12-7pm. Tickets are $45 online through www.ciderfestival.com.au with limited sales at the door.
A ticket provides unlimited free tastings and a Plumm tasting glass.
Alongside producers like Willie Smith's Organic Cider, Spreyton Cider, Napoleone, Frank's and Sidewood will be live music by Zevon Hiltz and the Midnight Specials, New Orleans soul food by Gumbo Kitchen and the opportunity to win prizes for voting in the People’s Choice awards.
Festival-goers can this year purchase a wide range of craft ciders directly from producers to take home and enjoy. And Willie Smith's is launching two special-release ciders at the festival.
Cider Australia president and Willie Smith’s co-founder, Sam Reid, said attendees can sign up for free cider master classes with some of the industry’s best cider makers including Drew Henry from Henry of Harcourt talking cider apples, and Tim Jones from Willie Smith’s discussing French, English and New World cider styles.
"This year we have a number of producers such as ourselves debuting ciders at the festival and so it’s a great opportunity to be the first in Australia to try and buy these ciders," Reid said.