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Australian Fruit Wine and Cider Show and Festival   2019

Show Results

  The Festival  allows the public to taste fruit wines, ciders and mead entered in the   Australian Fruit Wine and Cider Show which took place  on 22 Feb 2019.  

Food  and coffee stalls, live music, fruit wine and cider sales  entertained the crowd and talks for those interested in trying to develop their own product provided information.  Some fruit wine and cider producers had their own stall  to sell their product. 

Music  was by Day Star Duo  and Rosny College ensembles 

12:00   Presentation of awards by Ald Heather Chong 
Deputy Mayor Clarence City Council

A great Sunday afternoon on the Bellerive Board walk   from 11 am to 4 pm.

Short Talks and Demonstration Program 

  • 11:30am Cider Making – exploring the difference between making cider from dessert varieties and heritage varieties, including tasting with Adam D’Arcy from Willie Smiths’ Cider
  • 12:15pm Luscious  Liqueurs – Live demonstration on how to make a liqueur with Eileen Eaton
  • 1pm Mean Meads – Learn the ancient art of transforming honey into a delicious alcoholic beverage with Peter Green of Mountain View Meadery
  • 1:45pm Flavoursome Fruit Wines – Transforming a bountiful harvest of anything from berries and stone fruit to rhubarb and carrot into a refreshing wine with Arthur Clarke.
  • 2:30pm Making Traditional European Liqueurs – the perfect fruity start or finish to your meals with Bob Hardy of Tasmanian Liqueurs

Tasmanian ciders loaded with excitement, explore the range at Bellerive

The Fruit Wine and Cider Festival at Bellerive Boardwalk on March 3 2019 allowed  tasting of 175 fruit wines, meads and ciders, but the lineup of 70 ciders from Qld, NSW, Vic, SA and Tasmania was very special.

Gone are the days when ciders were the byproduct of growing eating apples.

Cider producers, to meet a demand with a growth rate approaching 100% per annum are rapidly introducing ciders from especially grown cider apple varieties such as Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill.

Of special interest is that the demand growth is driven by consumers in the 20’s who find the richness and taste complexity associated with the high tannins in cider apples most appealing.

Three of Tasmania’s cider producers had stalls at the Festival to provide extra tastings and advice .

Meads, explore Australia’s exciting range at Bellerive

Another special attraction was a lineup of 27 meads made by fermenting honey with a wide range of fruits and spices; a practice with a 7,000-year history.

Taste meads, both sparkling and still are made from honey collected by bees from plants as different as leatherwood in western Tasmania and mallee gum in semi desert mainland areas.

Commercial producers who have entered either fruit wines or ciders were invited to  have a stall selling their products and to provide additional tasting of products at the festival.

Gourmet Huon tastes come to Bellerive this weekend.

Since its inception this project has seen an increase in the numbers of ciders, especially from the Huon Valley.

More importantly there has been a major swing by cider makers in the Huon from using eating apples to concentrating on varieties grown for the outstanding flavours.

You could try ciders made from varieties such as Kingston Black and Yarlington Mill, not to mention Brown Snout and Sweet Coppin.

At the Festival,  the expert cider makers from Willi Smith, Frank’s Cider, and Surges Bay Orchard were available as was  Stephen of Wanderer Mead in the Tamar.

There were short talks and demonstrations to learn from expert cider maker, Adam D’Arcy of Willi Smith, leading mead maker, Peter Green, and award winning amateurs Arthur Clarke (fruit wines)  and Eileen Eaton (liqueurs).  And there is music from   Day Star Duo  and Rosny College ensembles.

Food at the Festival is equally special, as Rotary presented snack packs featuring cold smoked Atlantic salmon donated by major sponsor Huon Aquaculture. As well, they will present cheese and biscuit packs featuring special cheeses from Wicked Cheese of Richmond.
Your family will appreciate our BBQ.

Australian Fruit Wine Show and
Tasmanian Cider Awards

The Australian Fruit Wine Show caters for all classes of fruit wine makers and is now in its 20th year.  It is the longest running dedicated fruit wine show in Australia.
The  Shows are open to enthusiasts (unlicensed) and commercial wine and cider makers.  All entries are judged in specific classes, regardless of their origin.

Thanks to our sponsors

wicked cheese
Jo Siejka MLC

The Rotary Club of Howrah were pleased to be again  organising the show in conjunction with the Fruit Winemakers  Tasmania Association and The Tasmanian Cider Trail.

From 2018  show

Mark Robertson, Head Cider Judge at the 2018 Australian Fruit Wines and Cider Trail talks to David Mitchell from Howrah Rotary the organisers of this year’s show. Mark Robertson is co-owner and founder of Lost Pippin cider.


Wayne Hewitt, Australian Fruit Wine Show judge, talks with David Michell (Rotary Club of Howrah) about this years show.


2017 Results
Fruit Wine Show Results 2017
Cider Awards Results 2017

2018 Results
Fruit Wine Results 2018
Cider Results 2018
Fruit wine and Cider award winners -2018

2019 Results

Show Results


Harry Moses, the co-owner of Pagan Cider at Cygnet, with his new blueberry and apple cider, which was available at  the 2017 Tasmanian Fruit Wine and Cider Festival. Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE. Mercury

The Tasmanian Cider Awards   runs concurrently with the Australian Fruit Wine Show, but with a distinct and separate identity.

Updated 25 February  2019