This October long weekend, we’re celebrating one of the most favoured and refreshing beverages of the season; cider. Our three-day festival will showcase a variety of well-known and boutique ciders, alongside a fine selection of succulent fare.
Families, friends and foodies alike are welcomed to join the festivities through the weekend, with the main celebration taking place on the afternoon of Sunday 5th October. Purchase your tasting ticket, and you will be taken on an epicurean journey through Watson Bay’s first ever Cider Trail. Guided down Military Road, you will sample crisp and flavoursome varieties from each stall with the exploration culminating within our harbourside Beach Club…where the festivities continue. Here you will find a pop-up Cider bar with all the ciders on showcase for sale for you to enjoy. But what’s a cider without a slider? There’ll be juicy pulled pork sliders and paella on hand, specially designed to enhance and complement the flavours of the ciders.
Cider will be feeling the love all long weekend, with the pop-up cider bar, live entertainment, DJs and apple bobbing competitions running over the three-days to ensure visitors of all ages are entertained as the sun sets over the bay.
Tasting tickets for the Watsons Bay Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October will be available for purchase in venue on the day. Can’t make Sunday? Don’t fret…we’ll be celebrating cider all long weekend!
Now to meet our outstanding line up of cider partners:
Beautifully Swedish. From its humble Swedish roots, Rekorderlig has retained its dependable honesty to become a much-loved, fourth generation family-brewed cider. From Strawberry-Lime and Mango-Raspberry to simple Pear or classic Apple, which refreshing flavour will you choose?
A refreshing and easy drinking dry-style cider, made from 100% freshly crushed New Zealand apples. Serve over ice for the ultimate refreshment hit. Try with sweet French crepes, or a soft blue cheese and nutty Gouda with crackers.
Bilpin Cider create pure, fresh apple and pear cider – no added sugar, artificial flavours or concentrates, using only the freshest fruit from Bilpin and surrounding region. Bilpin believe that nothing beats the natural taste and aroma of real mountain fruit.
James Squire Orchard Crush
Launched in 2011 to widespread acclaim, James Squire’s Orchard Crush is a refreshing traditional cloudy cider with a fragrant, fresh aroma, a broad clean palate and a crisp finish. The perfect accompaniment for pork chops or crisp pork belly with apple sauce!
Using traditional Japanese-inspired flavours, Kirin have created a range of premium ciders that are considered, balanced and perfected to deliver a range of truly unique flavour expressions. Available in Fuki Apple, Fuji Apple & Mikan, Fuji Apple & Ume and Fuki Apple & Ginger.
A combination of a precise climate, nutrient rich soil and careful growing methods make Batlow Apples second to none and “Australia’s Favourite Apples” since 1922. Batlow Cider think it makes perfect sense to turn “Australia’s Favourite Apples” into Australia’s favourite cider.
Somersby has obtained a reputation of spreading joy and sunny togetherness where ever it is served and attracting curious and open-minded people from all over the world. Available in many different delicious variants…the most popular variety is Apple, Pear and Blackberry.
Made with passion, devotion and apples, Rochdale’s ciders are brewed using family recipes, refined and evolved over time to meet the unique needs of Kiwis, yet always produced the old-fashioned way, with natural ingredients and plenty of hands-on care and attention to detail.
Frank’s Premium Tasmanian Cider
Frank’s Cider is made with real apples (and pears), made by a real cider maker, in Tasmania – The Centre of the Apple Universe (As Frank used to call it)!
Thatchers range of premium ciders are made from specially selected ingredients using the most refined blend of modern and traditional techniques. They each offer deep and characterful flavours that will surprise and delight serious cider lovers!
Confession. Sofi is not a cider…but she managed to sneak in anyway! Sofi is a complex and all-natural Australian wine spritzer with a classic Mediterranean heritage. Fresh and subtle, with a dash of sparkling water, you can enjoy over ice with lime, with friends, and without regrets tomorrow.
BOOK NOW your tasting ticket for the Cider Trail on Sunday 5th October.