Get some pork on your fork and some cider inside ya, because the Victorian Cider and Pork Festival is returning in 2017, to a new location.
This year’s delicious festival will be held in The Nursery at Flemington Racecourse on January 21-22, and promises to be an absolute porker of a day out.
With more than 70 Ciders on offer for punters to try, the Cider and Pork festival will be showcasing the goods from local, interstate and international producers.
Expect to see local faves like Napoleone Cider (Yarra Valley), Batlow Cider Co from up the coast in NSW and international names like Aspall Cider (England). But don’t put all your apples in one basket, with 17 cideries at the event overall you might just find a new favourite.
To make sure you don’t go the whole hog drinking on an empty stomach, you will be able to get some of the best pork dishes in town from Melbourne’s thriving Food Truck and restaurant scene, such as Toasta & Co, Smokin Barry’s, The Real Jerk and Burn City Smokers.
For those that aren’t big on cider, there will also be some brewers like 4 Pines and Stone & Wood on show, as well as a Cocktail Bar with a menu designed by the champions from Four Pillars Gin.
If you’re really hard to please and tasty bacon and sparkly cider isn’t enough for you, there will also be live music across two stages on both days to keep things interesting. Acts are still to be announced, so stay tuned.
Tickets start from $20, and all kids under 18 have free entry, so Mum and Dad can get loose and little Johnny can eat all the pork pies he wants.
There’s also the option to tack on one of the four Masterclasses on offer, where you will be transported to the tastes of cider in Western Australia, Aussie East Coast, New Zealand or the United Kingdom. Tasting cards are available so you can try a little bit of everything, as well as cider-making demos so you can find out how it’s done. Who knows, maybe after watching you’ll have a stall at next year’s event?!
The Victorian Cider and Pork Festival is set to be a crackling good time, to find out more or buy tickets head to the event website.