September 22, 2015

Turns out those delicious Bilpin apples are good for more than just chomping into.

Cider-making husband and wife team Shane and Tessa McLaughlin took out a bronze medal for their Hillbilly apple cider at the International Cider Challenge in the UK in June – and their pear variety won a silver.

“The way we make cider – it’s all about the apples,” says Shane. “The quality of the local fruit in Bilpin makes us look good.”

Made from whole crushed Bilpin fruit with no added sugar, it’s perfect to enjoy with a springtime barbecue. You can meet the hillbillies and pick up some of their prize-winning cider at the Richmond Good Food Market every Saturday, and the Farmers and Fine Food Market (Castle Hill) on the second and fourth Saturdays. See for more information.

Cider fans, keep your eyes and ears peeled. The Bilpin Cider Co. has plans to open a cidery and restaurant later this year. Check for updates.

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