Bigger and better – Batlow CiderFest 2018 is on again | Advertiser

There will be colour and fun aplenty at 2018's Batlow CiderFest street party.
There will be colour and fun aplenty at 2018's Batlow CiderFest street party.

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Looking for a great day out?

Make a note in your diary on Saturday May 19, 2018 to get yourself to the Batlow CiderFest, a street party that is guaranteed to invigorate and revitalise.

Batlow CiderFest has grown from a crazy idea into a much-anticipated annual event. Fantastic autumn weather, skillful event organisation, enthusiastic volunteers and ‘excidered’ attendees will help to put a smile on your face.

Tell your friends and family members to meet you in Batlow – half way between Melbourne and Sydney, and only a couple of hours from Canberra  – for a fun day out.

Picture this

Chairs and tables in a street closed to traffic, two entertainment stages in operation all day, quality cuisine from Aussie and ethnic food stalls, top quality merchandise from a variety of stalls and, most importantly, a fabulous selection of Australian ciders to taste and take home.

A special release “FestCider” with 6.5 per cent alcohol, slightly higher than most ciders at 4.5 per cent, is guaranteed to complement the ‘Pork Apple Cider’ pie.

The pie will be introduced into the food choices for the day, alongside Batlow’s own gourmet sausage the ‘Batwurst’.

Modelled on the traditional German sausage and affectionately known as ‘Batlow’s Wurst’, it is sure to tantalise the tastebuds of even the most discerning foodie. Organisers will ensure that supplies of both will be plentiful on a day when gourmet food will be in big demand.

Another drawcard, the ‘Wacky Apple Tarts’, in their colourful costumes will help you unwind and add to this great day out.

The ‘Wacky Apple Tarts’ will be dancing the day away as they bring their own colour and energy to the streetscape in outfits inspired by the Bavarian beer wench.

Accommodation choices

Whether your style of accommodation is camping or ‘glamping’, motel, hotel, B&B or farm-stay, you will be delighted with the choices on offer in the Snowy Valleys.

Book your accommodation now to avoid disappointment, or invite yourself to stay with friends who live in the area.

Whichever accommodation option you choose, shuttle buses will run between Batlow and nearby towns.

They will start early and run throughout the day till late, to ensure you have plenty of time to socialise and arrive back at your accommodation safe and sound.

Bus timetables will be posted on the CiderFest website.

Designated drivers are well looked after too with a delightful range of alcohol free cider, apple juices and coffee available and no-one will be disappointed with the quality of food on offer.

If you’re camping, the Batlow showground will be at your disposal. For a small fee you can lay claim to a powered or un-powered van site just a few minutes’ walk from the centre of town.

Your surrounds will include a gorgeous autumnal golf course, spacious sporting grounds, manicured bowling greens and recently renovated restrooms.

Come early or stay longer

Why not arrive early as the Batlow community will host functions during the days leading up to CiderFest.

On Friday May 18, Australia’s cider producers will gather to teach each other how to do it better.

International guest speakers and experts in the field will meet with enthusiastic cider makers to discuss the finer features of cider production and sales.

This learning opportunity will be complemented by the Annual General Meeting of Cider Australia on May 17, which is being in town to take advantage of the CiderFest drawcard.

Or why not stay a few extra days to enjoy the easy bush walks or the spectacular scenery; and if you want to know more about the benefits of wholesome nutrition, the Living Food Seminar on Saturday May 26, might be of interest.

Building on last year’s undisputed success, this year’s program explores the nutritional and healing properties of whole foods; from simple pickles and jams through kefir and kombucha to ice cider.

More information about the Living Food Seminar can be found on the Batlow CiderFest webpage.

Enjoy the company of friends and family and relax amid  Batlow's magnificent autumnal  colours this may.

Enjoy the company of friends and family and relax amid Batlow's magnificent autumnal colours this may.

Whether you’re interested in the tranquil Blowering Dam, the awe-inspiring Sugar Pine Walk, locally made apple cider, farm-gate roadside stalls, spectacular mountain scenery or the seasonal splendour inherent in the Snowy Valleys, you will be amazed by the facilities on offer to tourists and the wide-ranging list of things to see and do.

Scenic horticultural landscapes vie for attention among beautiful parks and recreation areas that encourage community connectedness. Relaxing outdoor activities, major festivals and events, and country hospitality combine to produce a worthwhile form of self-indulgence.

Small town hospitality is sure to make for an unforgettable visit and you’ll wonder why you haven’t been to Batlow CiderFest before now.

Anyone needing more information about Batlow’s CiderFest can go to the CiderFest Facebook page or visit the CiderFest website.

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