Welcome to CiderFest 2024

THE Batlow CiderFest has been running annually since 2012, only missing 2020 due to COVID and has seen a steady increase in attendees with up to crowds of 5000 being accommodated. 

Batlow CiderFest is a colourful party celebrating the end of the apple harvest and the best boutique ciders from around Australia and those brewed locally.

Growers, producers, locals and their visitors enjoy some hard-earned downtime after the long months of cultivating, growing, picking and packing, before winter sets in on the Snowy Valleys.

The atmosphere sizzles with street theatre against a backdrop of trees in glorious autumn colours, the aroma of food from around the globe and of course, the sound of fresh cider being poured in clear mountain air stirs the senses.

This year the festival is even bigger and better than before with the introduction of a new event – ‘meet the makers’ sessions where the producers of Batlow ciders and more spirits take to the stage and briefly tell their stories.

Visitors can then talk one-on-one with the producers at their stalls where tastings can happen at your leisure.

It’s a vibe – not only do patrons get to taste and choose their favourite ciders and other products but the main street of Batlow is bustling with attendees, street theatre, cider stalls and the gorgeous colours of the autumn leaves.

While the sun shines for this year’s festival – expected temperatures around the low 20s – perfect for being outdoors – there are many tables and chairs where patrons can sit, relax, talk with friends and be entertained, fed and enjoy a drop of two of their favourite ciders.

With the street closed to traffic there is safety in staying behind the barriers and children are welcome as well.

This is one festival not to be missed. 

With a stage hosting a range of local talent and market stalls offering boutique ciders, gourmet food, locally grown produce, and tempting homemade treats.

This once-a-year festival has the whole Batlow region and beyond, as far as Victoria, Sydney and from across the whole state, turning out for a celebration of apple orchards, growers, marketers and producers – a primary producing area renowned for its orchards for more than 100 years – a history going back to the end of the era of the gold rush days.

See you there this Saturday for our celebrations.

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