Australian Fruit Wine and Cider Show and Festival 2019Show 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
|Jo Siejka MLC|
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.
The Tasmanian Cider Awards runs concurrently with the Australian Fruit Wine Show, but with a distinct and separate identity.
Updated 25 February 2019