Cider Australia is holding its AGM in the apple growing and now cider making community of Batlow this May, to coincide with the 2015 Cider Industry Conference.

Photo by John Kruger

Photo by John Kruger

International cider expert Dr Andrew Lea of Harp Hill Cider in the UK is the much anticipated key note speaker at the conference, and will share with attendees some of his extensive knowledge of English craft cider making.

Cider Australia President Sam Reid said, “Andrew is known and respected across the world for his exceptional knowledge of cider, and the Australian cider industry is thrilled to be able to tap into his skills”.

“The calibre of these events celebrates how much the Australian cider industry has evolved and matured in recent years, and how serious we are about investing in the future,” Mr Reid said.

“The Batlow events offer something for everyone and the program extends far beyond administration and fermenting techniques – we will be delving into the detail of cider apple varieties, cider science, politics, taxation rules, cider making equipment, cider evaluation and appreciation”, Mr Reid said.

A host of cider experts from across Australia will join the proceedings, demonstrating a commitment across the board to join together to expand the industry’s professional and technical capabilities.

Tax reform and cider labelling will top the list of items to be debated during the AGM on Thursday, May 14, at the Batlow RSL Club.

“Tax policy is crucially important for the cider industry, and must recognise that cider, like wine, is made from fruit and has huge benefits for local communities”.

Cider Australia’s AGM will be followed by the 2015 Cider Industry Conference on Friday, May 15 and the Batlow CiderFest Street Festival on Saturday, May 16.

Entry to the Conference is by pre-purchased ticket available at http://www.ticketebo.com.au/batlow-cider-fest/2015-cider-industry-conference-inciders-happy-hour.html

For more details contact Cider Australia executive officer Jane Anderson on 0434 559 759 or visit www.cideraustralia.org.au or www.batlowciderfest.com.au