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Summer Cherries

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There are few more satisfying ways to indulge your culinary senses at Christmas than to wallow in a bowl of juicy ripe cherries. Cherries are stacked full of juice, which is what gives Frank’s Cherry Pear Cider its rich red colour and beautiful aromatic cherry flavour. Here we meet Meat & Feast’s John Botha, who runs Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe. John’s team cook with seasonal local produce from the Huon Valley, including the cider and cherries (from Dale Griggs’ farm in Franklin) that are ripening at this time of year.

Tasmania’s Most Awarded Cider

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It takes time to prepare great produce and Frank’s have had over 100 years. Frank was the third generation of the Clark Family to farm at Woodside, established in 1836 by John Clark, the area’s first white settler.

Some of our trees, from the oldest heritage orchards in Australia, are over 160 years old and ripen later than any others in the Huon Valley. Tasmania’s cool climate and long-seasons ripening fruit on the tree are what creates the taste.

Our multi award-winning ciders are made from 100% pure Tasmanian fruit.

Frank planted many of the trees still harvested for cider by today’s 5th and 6th generations of the Clark Family.

Blossom Time

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Spring is the time the blossom appears. For a few short weeks, if we’re lucky, the sun shines, flowers emerge and bees including the native bees, honey bees and bumblebees, get on with the job of pollination.

Pruning the Orchard

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It takes years of experience to prune a good apple tree. One of the unique things about Frank’s is the tree-ripening that occurs later than almost all other orchards in the Huon Valley. This means longer for the apples to mature and gain their distinctive rich flavour. Here we meet Frank’s Orchard Foreman Lee Cragg who explains more.

2017 Australian Cider Awards

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We’re proud to have received four new awards this month from the 2017 Australian Cider Awards, including a Bronze medal for our new Raspberry Pear.  Thank you to all the judges, sponsors and organisers for a great event.

  • New World Medium Cider (Class 2A) BRONZE – Frank’s Autumn Reserve Apple Cider
  • New World Sweet Cider (Class 3A) BRONZE Franks Summer Apple Cider
  • Method Traditional Perry (disgorged) Class 8A/B SILVER Method Traditionelle Perry
  • Cider or Perry with Fruit Class 11 BRONZE Frank’s Raspberry Pear Cider


FRANK’S at the Newcastle Food & Wine Expo 25-27 Aug

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Come and visit us at the expo 25-27 AUGUST 2017 – NEWCASTLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

Street Address: Newcastle Showgrounds, Browns Road, Broadmeadow.
Phone: 02 4921 2100 www.nec.net.au

Conveniently located six minutes from the centre of Newcastle on the Newcastle Showground. Access by car is via the main entrance off Griffiths Road. If travelling from the north or south of Newcastle, the F3 Freeway is only a short distance away. The Centre also has an on-site taxi rank and is only a short stroll to the Broadmeadow Train Station.

Thank you for entering to WIN a Tassie trip with Frank’s Cider, Pennicott Wilderness Journeys and Wildiaries

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CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR OFFERS for a message from info@wildiaries.com

As thanks for entering, the email contains information that will help you get:

10% off Frank’s online

Added value on any trip to Tassie

  • If you are travelling to Tasmania, Wildiaries will help tailor a tour for you, plus give you free entry to one of three Tasmanian attractions, if you book more than 3 nights accommodation.

Free music

  • FREE download of the Belle Miners NEW single from their forthcoming album Powerful Owl . The song is called ‘Fall in Love with Me’. DOWNLOAD NOW. The artists will be touring nationally in January, including a performance at Frank’s Cider Bar & Cafe, plus venues in southern NSW, Melbourne, Perth and Broome.

Every month we’ll also be sending one lucky entrant a free tasting pack of Frank’s.

Thank you again for entering and good luck. We’ll be drawing the travel prize winner in late January. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy Frank’s Cider. For a list of stockists, visit http://www.frankscider.com.au/chapter-3-where-is-frank/


Naomie & Tony, Frank’s Cider.

Thanks to our partners

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Bruny Island Cruises depart daily from Adventure Bay. This three hour cruise highlights South Bruny National Park. Cruise alongside some of Australia’s highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome ‘Breathing Rock’. Enter deep sea caves and pass through the narrow gap between the coast and ‘The Monument’. Join in the search for the abundant coastal wildlife such as seals, dolphins, migrating whales and sea birds.