In celebration of all things apple and pig, the Cider and Pork Festival is returning to Melbourne for the second year running to an all-new location in January.
On the 21st and 22nd, Flemington Racecourse will be transformed into one huge exhibition of the best breweries, food trucks, and restaurants from Melbourne and across the country.
With more than 75 local and international ciders to sip, as well as more than 50 succulent pork dishes to sample, this festival is sure to be a winner for this summer.
The famed cider breweries include Aussie champions Custard and Co, the beautifully handcrafted St Ronan's, and the historic and creative Napoleone Brewery, as well as foreign friends from France and the UK.
And if you’re not a fan of cider (are you crazy?), then there’ll also be a range of local beer producers on show, including Stone and Wood, Little Creatures, Four Pines, and James Squire.
Masterclasses, tastings, and boutique stalls will let you explore the varying ranges of ciders from home and around the world (food pairings with pork dishes are mandatory, of course), with free drinks available with any ticket purchase.
Even though we’d be there for the food alone, there’s also going to be heaps of live bands, acoustic performances, roaming entertainment and DJs across two stages while you celebrate the perfect match of pork and cider.
General admission starts from only $30 per person for the weekend, with gates open from 11 am to 10 pm over two days. There are also VIP Escape Lounge tickets available for those of you who are truly crazy about all things cider and pork.
Just in case you weren’t excited enough, you can head here to see some of the shenanigans from this year’s festival, or to start planning the best start to what will be a delicious New Year.
January 21st is still a fair while away, here are some things to do in the meantime.
Image credit: Cider & Pork Festival