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.
This 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!
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.
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!
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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