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2015 Cider Industry Conference & InCiders Happy Hour

2015 Cider Industry Conference & InCiders Happy Hour


Auditorium, Batlow RSL Club, 20-22 Pioneer Street, Batlow, NSW 2730, Australia


Friday 15 May 2015 at 9am to 5.30pm (Conference); 6pm (InCider Happy Hour)

About 2015 Cider Industry Conference & InCiders Happy Hour


Batlow CiderFest is a two day event featuring the Cider Industry Conference and InCiders Happy Hour; on Friday 15th May, followed by the CiderFest Street Festival on Saturday 16th May, 2015.  For more information about the Cider Festival or the Cider Industry Conference please visit our Facebook page here or visit our website at


2015 Cider Industry Conference ($75pp):

Apple and Pear Growers, Juicing Company representatives, Cider Makers, Marketers and Industry Suppliers will converge on the picturesque apple growing community of Batlow this May for the 2015 Cider Industry Conference.  The conference now in its 3rd year, continues to attract high quality speakers, presenting on all aspect of Cider.  The Cider Industry Conference is the only event of its type in the Oceania region, making it an important point of reference and networking opportunity for all stakeholders in this rapidly growing segment of the alcoholic beverage market.

Dr Andrew Lea of Harp Hill Cider (UK) is  the much anticipated key note speaker at this year’s conference.  Andrew is well known throughout the world for his knowledge of cider, much of which he has captured in his web site and book that have become a key point of reference for aspiring and existing cider producers.  Anyone who is in the cider industry or is thinking about getting into cider production will know of Dr Lea and will appreciate the opportunity to hear him speak at Batlow this May.

Andrew will be presenting the topic “English Craft Cider Making – What can Australians learn?”.

Dr Lea will be joined by a host of other highly respected identities of the Australian Cider Industry in a conference program that covers aspects of Cider Varieties, Cider Science, Industry Politics, Taxation, Cider Evaluation and Appreciation.

Sam Reid, President of Cider Australia will update conference delegates on the activities of the peak industry body over the 2014-15 period.  

Sam will be joined at Batlow by fellow Tasmanian and recently appointed Head Cider Maker for Willie Smiths Organic Cider Dr Tim Jones.  Aside from his recent work in Cider production with the well known brands Bulmers, Strongbow and Mercury, Tim also has a PhD in genetics and a post doctoral fellowship in Rootstock Breeding.  Tim’s presentation will explore the question of “What do cider makers want from Cider Apples?”.

Understanding Alcohol taxation obligations can be a complicated and a difficult task for new and existing cider producers and marketers.  Michelle Nourse is a senior advisor on alcohol taxes with the ATO.  She and her team aim to give clear, simple advice and support on complying with wine equalisation tax and /or excise laws.  Michelle will give an outline of what you need to know including some information on topical issues.

Australian and New Zealand Winemakers , Business Development Manager, Josephine Horn will present an update on cider making equipment.

The afternoon session of the conference will focus on the range of cider styles and an appreciation of what makes a good cider.  Dr Anna Carew will outline work at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, using instrumental analysis to profile cider styles, while Karina Dambergs will give a judges perspective of what makes an award winning cider.

In our final session of the conference program, Karina Dambergs and Andrew Lea will partner to take the audience on a sensory appreciation of the world of cider. This will be a fantastic prelude to the InCiders Happy Hour, a networking session not to be missed.

InCiders Happy Hour ($25pp):

The opportunities for networking do not end with the conference closing.   The InCiders Happy Hour (additional ticket required), will give delegates the option to stay-on and chat with presenters and other delegates while enjoying tastings, a complimentary cider, canapés and some light entertainment.

If you are serious about the business of Cider, you can’t miss this valuable networking opportunity.

Batlow CiderFest Video by John Riddell

2015 Batlow CiderFest Street Festival (Free Entry – No Ticket Required):

The Cider Industry Conference and InCiders Happy Hour  (held Friday 15th May) are just the beginning of this unique event.   On Saturday 16th May, Pioneer Street Batlow comes alive with an array of Ciders, Fine Local Foods and entertainment.  Checkout the website and facebook page for more details on the 2015 Batlow CiderFest.

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EVENT LOCATION: Auditorium, Batlow RSL Club, 20-22 Pioneer Street
Batlow, NSW 2730, Australia
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