Cider Australia details conference program

16 May, 2019 by Andy Young

Cider Australia has released the details of its final program for its annual conference, AusCider 2019, which is taking place in Hobart next month, opening on 2 June.

As well as detailing the huge leaps forward being taken by Australia’s cider industry, the conference will incorporate World Cider Day, and Cider Australia President Sam Reid, said he was especially proud of the conference content and to be hosting it on World Cider Day.

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“We have the UK’s first accredited Pommelier Jane Peyton visiting the apple isle and she will share with us her vision for pairing food and cider,” said Reid.

“We are thrilled to announce that Rodney Dunn from Tasmania’s multi award-winning ‘paddock-to-plate’ restaurant and cooking school The Agrarian Kitchen will join our panel discussion on cider and food matching, with insights that will help us take cider to the next level.”

The local cider industry is set to show off Tasmania’s extraordinary commitment to cider with Cider Tasmania and FermenTasmania collaborating on the events.

“Cider is having such a positive impact on the Tasmanian economy with Tasmanian producers punching above their weight at the premium end of the cider category, as recognised through the financial support provided by the Tasmanian Government to bring the conference to the state,” Reid added.

In addition to hearing Peyton talk about UK cider trends and the role of the Pommelier, the conference will see a number of key people talking about what is happening in Australia’s cider industry. Several growers will talk at the conference while Nigel Swarts of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture will give an update on Australian Cider Research, IRI’s Daniel Bone will give a cider market update and there will be a talk on Agri-tourism and the cider industry from Andrew Sargant of Destination Marketing Store.

There will also be a number of cidery tours and a food matching with cider panel discussion taking place.

Tickets are now available via Ticketebo for the one and a half day conference, AusCider dinner and tours of the Huon and Tamar Valleys.