International flavour at Ciderfest

By popular demand, UK Cider authority and educator Peter Mitchell will present two papers at the 2018 Cider Industry Conference in Batlow.

Cider and perry production will have an international flavour at the 2018 Cider Industry Conference to be held at Batlow on Friday, May 18.

Conference convener and NSW Department of Primary Industries Temperate Fruits Development Officer, Kevin Dodds has been working with the CiderFest Committee to bring industry experts together to provide advice and insights on national and international apple and pear cider production.

“The NSW craft cider industry is expanding and this is creating new demand as most craft cider producers have a preference for 100% Australian grown fruit,” Mr Dodds said.

“This year’s guest speaker is internationally acclaimed Peter Mitchell of Mitchell Food and Drink, from Gloucestershire, UK. He is a highly respected cider and perry production educator with over 30 years of practical experience in the industry worldwide.

“Through his company, The Cider and Perry Academy, Peter provides advanced cider and perry production courses as well as a range of advisory and support services for producers.

“Participants will hear from Hugh McKeller from Real Cider Reviews to find out what is happening in the cider market in Australia.

“Hugh has reviewed hundreds of difference ciders from around the world and will speak on how Australian ciders are perceived in the export markets.

“Also, Madeleine Way, PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania will talk about four different varieties of apples and the way pre-treatments impact the quality of the apple juice for cider making.”

“This year’s cider appreciation session is led by the 2017 Australian Cider Awards, Most Successful Small Producer, James Kendell of Small Acres Cyder. James will lead delegates on a sensory exploration of ‘Old World vs New World’ ciders.”

Bookings are essential for the Cider Industry conference. Tickets are available at:


Cider Australia Limited will hold the Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 17 to coincide with the conference and festival.

The 2018 Batlow CiderFest will cap off three days of cider industry planning, learning and fun. The unique combination of events provides cider producers the opportunity to keep up-to-date whilst interacting with consumers by holding a cider stall at the Saturday festivities.