Bob Hardy, Rotary Club of Howrah,  tells Dave This year’s tastings at the Tasmanian Fruit Wine Festival and Cider Trail will be held on   Australia Day;, Friday January 26 , Bellerive Boardwalk 3.00 -7.00 pm  will be truly national and feature a near record 170 unique products.

The ciders will be an excellent point to start your tasting and best head for the traditional ciders and compare the draught cider from Kangaroo Island Ciders with the Willie Smith 23 varieties, both Gold medal winners. Then try Willie Smiths cider made from the traditional cider variety Kingston Black.

Ciders by local producers Spreyton Cider Company and Brady’s Lookout Cider are also enticing.

In the fruit wine, mead and liqueur classes try the gold medal winning ginger wine, or the mango medium fruit wine from Shannonvale Fruit Winery at Cairns.

Follow that with amateur, but greatly experienced, Eileen Eaton’s Tayberry liqueur.

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Finally chose from the many meads, but pay special attention to the gold medal winning Beekeepers Special from Peter Green of Mountain View Meadery.

To taste the products, purchase a tasting flute for $10.00, with all funds going to the Rotary Club of Howrah.

However, the festival has much more.

Enjoy your favourite products with a background of music, by Crystal Sky and DJ Kashishi, then later in the afternoon savour a gourmet Tasmanian cheese platter and great coffee, or even later your choice from the Rotary Barbecue.

Further, to truly fill out your day, also peruse and purchase a bargain secondhand book by your special author or on your favourite subject from the extensive Rotary collection on display.