Batlow Cider Festival has visitors 'excidered'

Bottoms up: CiderFest founder Harald Tietze, with David Purcell and Ray Billing are geared up for this weekend's hallmark event at Batlow.

Bottoms up: CiderFest founder Harald Tietze, with David Purcell and Ray Billing are geared up for this weekend's hallmark event at Batlow.

“She’ll be apples” at the Batlow Cider Festival this weekend, with thousands set to fill streets to the brim. 

The quaint Riverina town, famous for its fruit, will be once again transformed, with the tranquil hub bursting into life on May 19. 

The CiderFest has grown since 2012, with a “crazy idea” blossoming into a small community fair, operating on a shoestring budget and finally evolving to become an Oktoberfest-style celebration. 

More than 7000 visitors are expected to pour into Batlow for the annual event, in a jovial “end of harvest” unwind.

Festival founder Harald Tietze said it was like a big street party. 

With good weather predicted and 57 entertainers booked, Mr Tietze said attendees were expected to boom, when compared to last year. 

“We’re not excited,” Tietze said. “We’re Excidered.” 

This year’s festival will again feature German-inspired delicacies, traditional bar-maid dress, a vibrant atmosphere and most importantly, the cider. 

“You can’t know what it’s like unless you’re here,” Mr Tietze said. “The only way to find out is is to come.”

Gates will be open from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturday.

Entry is $5 for adults, but for anyone under 18-years-old, tickets are free.