Here's a festival that is sure to be apple of your eye

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Join the celebrations at this year's Batlow CiderFest, to be held on May 20. A crowd of about 5000 is expected to attend.

Join the celebrations at this year's Batlow CiderFest, to be held on May 20. A crowd of about 5000 is expected to attend.

BATLOW CiderFest organisers are vowing to deliver a CiderFest to top all expectations this year as final preparations of the hilltop event are rolled out.

The town's street party is set to come alive on Saturday, May 20. 

Riding high on the recent declaration of long-term triennial support from tourism heavyweight, Destination NSW, Batlow CiderFest organisers are determined to cement the unique event as a must-attend festival on the state and nationwide tourist agenda. 

Batlow CiderFest 2017 has evolved from a small community festival operating on a shoestring budget in 2012, to an event that transforms the tranquil streets of Batlow into a bustling hub that celebrates not only the end of the apple harvest, but the town of Batlow itself.

Numbers converging upon the main streets of Batlow are expected to exceed 5000 this year with merry cider lovers, food buffs, grey nomads and festival fanatics all heading to the centre of the Snowy Valleys Shire to be part of the multiple NSW Regional Achievement and Community Awards finalist’s event.

Guests will once again be greeted by the popular colourful Wacky Apple Tarts, dressed in traditional German maiden attire, who traditionally delight the crowd adding to the celebratory mood while local artists will keep toes tapping.

The main streets of Batlow will be lined with long Oktoberfest-style trestle tables to accommodate the exuberant crowd with many family groups and reunions once again booking the date for planned get-togethers.

Local cider producers The Apple Thief, Batlow Premium Cider and Wilgro Orchards, joined by cider makers from further afield will be sharing their love for cider, which will perfectly complement the sensational food outlets and quality market stalls, all adding to the unique carnival mood.

Tumut beer connoisseurs, the Tumut River Brewing Co, will also serve up their unique locally developed brews. 

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The strains of the now infamous Batlow CiderFest song, We Love Cider, sung by CiderFest founder Harald Tietze and his cheery team, will again ring out throughout the streets with entertainment scheduled for two stages again in 2017.

A plethora of local talent will complement the more traditional performance of the Tumbarumba Pipes and Drums who gather in the middle of the street in a mesmerising performance.

Courtesy buses will run from Tumut and Adelong on the day. 

The gates will spring open for the Batlow CiderFest street party on Saturday, May 20 from 10am with a $5 entry fee for adults with under 18-year-olds admitted free of charge.