There’s always something exciting happening in the Highlands and it’s often to do with incredible food and wine or in this case, craft beer and cider! Aren’t we so lucky?

On Australia Day weekend (January 26 and 27, 2019), you can quench your summer thirst at the inaugural Southern HighlandsCraft Beer and Cider Festival.  You’ll be able to taste a huge selection of locally brewed craft beer and ciders (as well as selection from around the country and New Zealand) as you stroll sunshine around the gorgeous Bradman Oval. There’s over 100 varieties of craft beer and cider to try!

The inaugural Southern Highlands Craft beer and Cider Festival will be held on Australia Day long weekend, 2019 at the iconic Brandman Oval

Festival Director Tanya Taber says, “Craft beer and cider is all about finding brews that have something different about them. Tasting peoples’ ideas through their craft … our festival is a true celebration of craft beer and cider’s creativity and diversity. Beer, music and food enthusiasts alike will all love what this festival brings.”

Picture courtesy of Eden Brewery

Among the many vendors, expect to see Eden Brewery from Mittagong, who we especially love as aside from having truly unique beers and ciders, they donate a portion of all profits to Oxfam. And of course, the legends at Southern Highlands Brewing Company will be present, showcasing their many traditional styles of beer, and a couple of their own signature ales that they have developed over the course of about 20 years.

Capital brewing Company from Canberra, which boasts good natured brews made with the environment at front of mind, will have a stall, as will Canberra-based Zierholz Brewery, which will serve a selection of German-inspired lagers.

Just one of the unique ciders from Edge Brewing in Victoria

From a little further south, there’s King River Brewing, a family-owned brewery in Victoria.

Also from Victoria, Edge Brewing AKA the Gypsy Brewers, will be serving up innovative, new world style craft beer that are unfiltered and unpasteurised with no additives or extracts.

From farther afield, we have Thorny Devil Craft and Beer and Cider from Western Australia, who will be offering Pale, Blonde, Wheat, Dark and Vienna beer varieties and both an apple and a pomegranate cider.

More taste twists from Edge Brewing

And from South Australia, there’s Shifty Lizard Brewing Company, which is an up and coming brewery that is already garnering awards for its pale ale and IPA.

There will also be some local wine on offer, with Cuttaway Hills Wines, Cherry Tree Hill and Centennial Vineyards all having stalls.

There will be plenty of food to chow down on, too, which is always essential if you’re imbibing. Southern Highlands Taphouse will offer a mini Taphouse food experience at their stall and Moss Vale’s Birch Restaurant, the Loch and new Bowral Mexican Restaurant Dos Hombres, will all be providing food on the day, as well as many others.

“All kinds of food will be covered,” says Tanya. “Whether it’s a hot dog, pizza, vegetarian and vegan, freshly made breads and cheeses, you definitely won’t be hungry! There will also be non-alcoholic Kombucha and coffee on offer for anyone doing Dry January.”

As for music, it’s been coordinated by Powerpoint Music and you’ll be entertained by Les Blues and Jazz Combo featuring 97.3 ABS Illawarra’s Nick Rheinberger on Saturday 26thand Pop Classics featuring Louise Bruce and Craig Hooper from The Reels on Sunday 27th. Both days will see the WIngecarribee Vocal Muster perform, with a selection of the talented youth of the Southern Highlands, all coordinated by Richard Lane, one of Australia’s premier operatic performers.

You can grab your tickets for $20 plus booking fee online   (or $25 at the gate) and you’ll get your tasting glass when you arrive, so you can head off and meet the 24 brewers from Australia and NZ. There will also a slime tent to keep the kids happy (kids enter for free)!

Remember to drink responsibly and if you’re going to have more than one, rely on one of the Highlands’ trusty car services to get you there and back (find one here:

Take a picnic blanket or a fold up chair, grab yourself your favourite drink and enjoy the live entertainment and Southern Highlands hospitality all day long!


Love, Di x

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