Appreciation for the humble cider has grown in recent years as various unique flavoured, boutique varieties hit shelves.
In response, the RASV Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards 2013 Autumn Program will feature a new category that pays homage to the cider.
The category, which will recognise and celebrate the best of the best in cider products, is one of four new categories that will be introduced in 2013, alongside bread and baked goods, pantry goods and packaging categories.
Speaking to Australian Food News Ann Houlihan, manager, Epicure Events at the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) said “we are particularly excited to introduce cider to the competition given the rapid growth within the industry and growing consumer appeal.”
According to Australian Food News, AC Nielsen data shows that cider has been the fastest growing beverage for the past two years, so it makes sense that the awards introduce the new category.
Cider is clearly increasing in popularity, and if various industry reports and figures are anything to go by, its popularity will continue to soar well into the future, particularly as we head into summer.
Hospitality venues that serve alcohol should subsequently consider making at least one cider variety available to customers on tap, and in doing so ensure they deliver the cider using gas regulators that do not compromise on quality or taste.
These components are designed to react well with beverage gases, so the chance of polymers being leached from plastics into the ciders is minimal.
This ensures the ciders are free from contamination and maintain their original taste.
The gas regulators are fitted with a pressure relief valve to reduce pressure build-up, and a non-return valve prevents the back-flow of liquid into the gas supply.
When combined, these gas regulators operate to ensure that bar staff deliver accurate quantities of beer, cider and soft drink into glasses, which prevents wastage.
Australian made, the gas regulators comply with the relevant standards in both Australia and New Zealand.
Entries for the awards open on Tuesday 11 December 2012 and close on Friday 25 January, 2013. Winners in each category will be announced in February.