By Amy Looker, editor National Liquor News
October will see Melbourne play host to the 2014 Australian Cider and Perry Awards, which will run in conjunction with this year's Australian Cider Festival.
This is the first year the event will take place in Melbourne, having previously been held in New South Wales.
With more than 50 of the country's leading artisan and boutique cider and perry makers expected to attend, Cider Australia’s president Sam Reid said the organisation wanted to expand and celebrate the growing success of the industry across the country.
“The awards are growing in stature in line with the expanding and maturing industry in Australia,” said Reid.
“We expect this year's awards to be even bigger and better, which is testament to the drive and dedication of our local producers.”
The awards dinner will be on Friday, October 10th, with a cider festival to run at Ormond Hall at The Village on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th of October.
“It is exciting for us to feature Melbourne in this year's schedule of events and we are looking forward to announcing more details about judges and the awards program in the coming weeks,” Reid said.