Ales on the Ovens raises glass to fine beer and cider

IT will be cider, not cabernet and draught beer, not durif at the inaugural Ales on the Ovens in Wangaratta tomorrow.

The event is the first major beer and cider festival to be held in the North East.

Organiser Annalee Nolan said it was an opportunity to showcase the region’s beer and cider, which has not had the opportunity to gain the same renown as the wines of the North East.

“The Ballarat beer festival gets about 15,000 to their event, they’re closer to Melbourne and have been going a bit longer, but we would like to do something similar,” she said.

About 20 breweries will showcase their tipples, including North East companies Amulet Vineyard, Beechworth Cider, Bridge Road Brewers, Bright Brewery, Buffalo Brewery, King Valley Brewing Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company.

The event will be held at the Wangaratta rodeo ground near the showground.

It will run from noon to 10pm with children’s activities organised.

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