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Canberra’s Cider Festival, March 6-9

By 20 February 2014 16

6 March 2015 12:00 pmto9 March 2015 12:00 pm

The Durham Castle Arms, Green Square, Kingston and Plonk bottle shop in the heart of the Fyshwick markets are proud to bring to Canberra what is quite possibly Australia’s largest ever cider festival.

The festival is aimed at increasing the profile of cider in the ACT and introducing Canberran’s to a range of ciders never before seen in the capital.

On Thursday, March the 6th, the cider tap takeover will kick off at the Durham Castle Arms, with 10 of the 12 taps converting to a host of different ciders.  These include the award winning ‘The Hill’s Pear Cider’, Willie Smiths and Frank’s Cider from Tasmania, the crisp, dry Jolly Miller Cider as well as Bilpin, Hillbilly Cider and many more.

As well as 10 ciders on tap, The Durham will also have up to 20 different ciders in bottles for people to try, including Lobo cider from the Adelaide Hills, the renowned small acres cider and the imported Stassen Cider.  There will be plenty of chances for complimentary tastings of the different ciders from 5pm.

To go with the cider, the Durham will also have a range of canapés and tapas to help compliment the wide range of ciders available.  Also on Thursday, people will have the chance to talk to the cider makers about cider and the future of the Australian cider industry, who will all be present at the Durham on the night

On Friday, a similar event and tasting will be held at Plonk bottle shop from 12:30pm, with up to 30 different ciders available, and cider makers on hand at the shop.

The cider events for both venues will be held concurrently all weekend.

Admission to either venue is completely free.

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16 Responses to Canberra’s Cider Festival, March 6-9
#1
Ben_Dover7:58 pm, 20 Feb 14

Any decent Pommy cider going?

#2
Deref5:05 pm, 21 Feb 14

Ben_Dover said :

Any decent Pommy cider going?

IF that means cask-conditioned unpasteurised cider, and the answer is yes, then I’m in.

#3
DurhamCastleArms11:16 pm, 22 Feb 14

The main purpose of the event is to show off some of the great cider produced here in Australia, so there won’t be much UK cider on offer.

However, among others, The Hills Pear Cider will be on tap for the event, which was the winner of the ‘Best in Show’ cider in Australia at the last Australian Cider Awards, which is the winner out of all ciders made in, and imported into Australia

#4
Deref8:11 am, 23 Feb 14

DurhamCastleArms said :

The Hills Pear Cider…

Seriously???

#5
Grrrr11:50 am, 24 Feb 14

Deref said :

DurhamCastleArms said :

The Hills Pear Cider…

Seriously???

And FFS, “Apple Cider” is called Perry.

Stupid product marketers: “Ooh, Cider is popular now. Lets sell Perry too – but we have to let everyone know it’s like Cider ..”

#6
Loxmyf1:08 pm, 24 Feb 14

2014 or 2015? The bit in the red box says 2015…

#7
Deref4:01 pm, 24 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

And FFS, “Apple Cider” is called Perry.

Whoops. ;-)

But yes – perry.

#8
JimCharles7:15 pm, 24 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

Deref said :

DurhamCastleArms said :

The Hills Pear Cider…

Seriously???

And FFS, “Apple Cider” is called Perry.

Stupid product marketers: “Ooh, Cider is popular now. Lets sell Perry too – but we have to let everyone know it’s like Cider ..”

I asked for a cider last night at the cinema and was asked “what flavour?”
Er….Apple?

I was also brought up on scrumpy, take your own 2L squash bottle to the outdoor and get it filled for about 80pence, anything between 7% proof and “strong”, which could have been anything.
Stopped buying it when I reached 18 though ;-)

#9
MrBigEars11:23 pm, 24 Feb 14

I’m not a big cider drinker, because I don’t like getting naked in public for no discernible reason, but I thought pear cider was the lager- and the perry was the ale-version of pear juice-based fermented beverages?

I suppose this sort of thing one could learn by going to a cider festival.

#10
Ben_Dover11:31 am, 25 Feb 14
#11
Grrrr11:58 am, 25 Feb 14

MrBigEars said :

I’m not a big cider drinker, because I don’t like getting naked in public for no discernible reason, but I thought pear cider was the lager- and the perry was the ale-version of pear juice-based fermented beverages?

Haha!

But if fermented pears gets a different name being made in the “new” style, shouldn’t fermented apples also require a new name for the new style?

Though, I think (Apple) Cider that’s then been flavoured with Pear juice could be reasonably called Pear Cider.

Then there’s the argument that the likes of Kopparberg shouldn’t even be allowed to call most of their products Cider: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/pear-cider-boom-angers-purists-8348393.html

I guess those guys making Perry and Cider who are following hundreds of years of tradition have a right to be cranky about this new stuff!

#12
Mysteryman1:16 pm, 25 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

MrBigEars said :

I’m not a big cider drinker, because I don’t like getting naked in public for no discernible reason, but I thought pear cider was the lager- and the perry was the ale-version of pear juice-based fermented beverages?

Haha!

But if fermented pears gets a different name being made in the “new” style, shouldn’t fermented apples also require a new name for the new style?

Though, I think (Apple) Cider that’s then been flavoured with Pear juice could be reasonably called Pear Cider.

Then there’s the argument that the likes of Kopparberg shouldn’t even be allowed to call most of their products Cider: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/news/pear-cider-boom-angers-purists-8348393.html

I guess those guys making Perry and Cider who are following hundreds of years of tradition have a right to be cranky about this new stuff!

Kopparberg HAVE been making ciders for hundreds of years. This is just another case of snobs being snobby because “we liked it before it was cool”.

#13
Grrrr5:21 pm, 25 Feb 14

Mysteryman said :

Kopparberg HAVE been making ciders for hundreds of years

Actually, they haven’t and don’t claim any such heritage beyond the marketing line of “following a 1930′s recipe.”

Their website clearly points out that the business is barely 20 years old, let alone 200. The brand is 140 years old, but has basically nothing in common with current operations other than geography.

#14
fromthecapital5:55 pm, 25 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

Deref said :

DurhamCastleArms said :

The Hills Pear Cider…

Seriously???

And FFS, “Apple Cider” is called Perry.

Stupid product marketers: “Ooh, Cider is popular now. Lets sell Perry too – but we have to let everyone know it’s like Cider ..”

FFS. It’s only Perry if it’s made from Perry pears

#15
Pork Hunt6:07 pm, 25 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

Mysteryman said :

Kopparberg HAVE been making ciders for hundreds of years

Actually, they haven’t and don’t claim any such heritage beyond the marketing line of “following a 1930′s recipe.”

Their website clearly points out that the business is barely 20 years old, let alone 200. The brand is 140 years old, but has basically nothing in common with current operations other than geography.

Why can’t people just accept that there are shitloads of different types of cider out there and be :-) ?

#16
Mysteryman8:09 am, 26 Feb 14

Grrrr said :

Mysteryman said :

Kopparberg HAVE been making ciders for hundreds of years

Actually, they haven’t and don’t claim any such heritage beyond the marketing line of “following a 1930′s recipe.”

Their website clearly points out that the business is barely 20 years old, let alone 200. The brand is 140 years old, but has basically nothing in common with current operations other than geography.

Well shut my mouth.

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