Craft beer would be my first love, and while I’m quite fond of a good red, cider is my next love. Often it’s purely practical. My husband doesn’t drink red wine and I can’t drink a bottle by myself. Beer and cider come in much more responsible volumes for solo drinking.

My husband and I both share a love for craft beer, but developing his appreciation for cider is taking some convincing. I needed the perfect event to encourage him to broaden his horizons. So when I heard about the Batlow Cider Festival – how could we possibly miss it? (For those overseas, Batlow is possibly the most famous apple growing region in Australia). We cringed slightly at the prospect of a two hour drive to Batlow (just under 3hours from Canberra) nervous about how our children might cope, but they travelled fine. We timed our departure around their midday nap and drove back after dinner. Sleeping children make for a peaceful drive.

Batlow Cloudy CiderThis could’ve easily been just another hap hazard, thrown together by a few locals attempt at a festival – but it wasn’t. I was really impressed. The people of Batlow really know how to throw together a fantastic festival. From the variety of tasty food, to the entertainment (and quality AV personal who actually understood how to balance sound) to the absolutely, wonderful locals. The Batlow Cider Festival is sure to be a fixture on our yearly calender. It also had the added bonus of now completely converting my husband to the joys of cider!

Let's forget that they aren't over 18 and that Little Miss is the 'man' and our Little Man is the 'woman'....

Let’s forget that they aren’t over 18 and that Little Miss is the ‘man’ and our Little Man is the ‘woman’….

It’s probably a good point to note that pretty much everyone sold out of what they had on tap (great sign of a good festival) so make sure you get all your tasting done well before the festival’s finishing time.

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But it’s not only about beer and cider – they are also a heap of other great products. Our favourite was from Wilgro. We bought our children a juice to share and to say they had a massive argument over who got to drink more of it would be an understatement. The lovely sales team at Wilgro saw this catastrophe unfold and quickly gave us another bottle, free of charge! How wonderful are they!

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Calm now he has his own bottle of Wilgro Apple Juice!

Calm now he has his own bottle of Wilgro Apple Juice!

And let’s not forget the line up of entertainment. I don’t know what they’re drinking in Batlow (maybe it’s all the apple juice) but they are seriously talented over there. We’re old fashioned, we loved the bands. And yes, there was lots of dancing – from us… Maybe next year you’ll be there to join us!

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The men of Tumut Band were happy to stop for a photo. (My two little red heads captured their attention)

The lovely men of the Tumut Band were happy to stop for a photo. (My two little red heads captured their attention)

And just like every Tuesday, I link up with Jess for ‘I blog on Tuesdays’. Be sure to check out what other great content is up there this week.

Written by Nadia

26 Comments

Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

I remember going to Batlow when I was about 11 years old and touring the “apple factory”. I remember it quite clearly in fact! Such great memories. Thanks for bringing them back …

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nadiamc

Still has great apples and lovely people! Haven’t yet been to an apple factory yet. Too busy drinking cider!

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nadiamc

Most are fantastic… some not so much. This was definitely in the fantastic category. They have another apple festival on the third weekend in October. We’ll be at that one too!

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nadiamc

It’s definitely worth the visit. There were quite a few start up ciders this year. It was great to try them all.

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nadiamc

Yet my husband often doesn’t like cider because he thinks it’s too sweet! Not to worry, they have lots of lovely food treats that will be sure to satisfy you. We always love the poffertjes. They definitely satisfy my sweet cravings!
I’ve never had strawberry cider – sounds delicious! I love strawberries!

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Raychael aka Mystery Case

My mother grew up not far from Batlow and it was always a stopping point on our way to from The Coast and my birth town Bathurst when we were young. I might need to see if anywhere in WA stocks the Batlow cider.

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nadiamc

Ooohhh, I don’t know about that. If you find any places, be sure to share!

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pt

This looks like a lovely weekend trip. And the weather is perfect for cider isn’t it? As you’re a fellow craft beer fan you may want to check out Zeffer Hopped up Pippin from NZ, cider + hops! (I love that the first IBOT link I click on is beer related) xxpt

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nadiamc

Ooohhh – always ready to find a new brew! I will check out who sells it over this way. Thanks for the tip!

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EssentiallyJess

What a great way to spend a day!
I’m not a huge beer fan myself, but I don’t mind cider. Wine is always my preference though ūüôā

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nadiamc

You need to make it over to where I live then. The Yass Valley has the highest concentration of wineries in Australia!

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nadiamc

Wine is good too. But yup, this is definitely a beer and cider place! The food is good too. You’re right, these kind of places always have lots to offer.

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nadiamc

Hahaha. That’s why I don’t drink wine at home! If I have more than one glass I just want to go to bed ūüôā

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Vanessa

Cider festival sounds good! I have one or two that I like but I don’t know what it is that makes it good – when I try a new one I just never know how to tell if it will be nice or not.

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nadiamc

Isn’t the whole point that if you like it – it’s good?? This is why we wanted to go, so we could try before we buy! Do you have any favourites?

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Renee Wilson

What a fantastic day out! My husband is a huge craft beer fan. He’s really into James Squire at the moment. I have to say I like quite a few of them. We’ve never really gotten into cider though. Will have to give it a try. #teamIBOT

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nadiamc

I often prefer Cider in summer as it’s not as heavy. We love craft beer here too. Our favourites are Wicked Elf, Moo Brew and Little Creatures. Such a pity that so many of the craft breweries are being bought out by the bigger companies.

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nadiamc

It is gorgeous isn’t it? You won’t regret going. We had a lot of fun – even with a two hour car trip each way!

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