Thousands flock to CiderFest bonanza

BIG TURNOUT: Revellers braced the cold and rain to enjoy Batlow's annual CiderFest event on Saturday. Picture: Supplied
BIG TURNOUT: Revellers braced the cold and rain to enjoy Batlow's annual CiderFest event on Saturday. Picture: Supplied

BATLOW’S streets were awash with Lederhosen, trestle tables and cider for the town’s biggest annual event.

Organisers estimate roughly 5000 people converged at the Batlow CiderFest to celebrate the end of the apple harvest and German culture. 

The town's tranquil streets were transformed into a bustling hub with pop-up food stands, stalls and live performances on display. 

Bavarian-born CiderFest founder Harald Tietze was ecstatic to see his dream come alive again. 

He said it was a particularly big year, given the addition of new brewing companies.

“Our two local cider companies, The Apple Thief and Batlow Premium Cider, shared their crisp, locally-grown ciders with merry festival goers and traded alongside several cider producers from farther afield.

“Additional to the local Tumut River Brewing Company, we were excited to welcome two new brewing companies on board with Bright Brewery and Capital Brewing Company both joining.”

The event is touted as Batlow’s biggest of the year.