Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival

The 13th Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is set to grow even further in 2020, adding a new street venue to cater for the Festival’s record popularity.

The Festival, which will be held on Saturday 21st March between 11am – 6pm, will now be staged in Batman Street and Gooreen Street (adjacent to Mercure Canberra) to showcase an even wider range of premium craft beer and cider exhibitors.

The expansion has been made possible as a result of a grant from Australian Capital Territory Events, allowing the Festival to attract more interstate visitors.

Up to 250 beers and ciders will be available for tasting and visitors will be able to take part in beer/cider food matching sessions, hear guest speakers and meet the brewers.

A range of dining options, entertainment and family activities will be available throughout the day.

Canberra’s rapidly emerging brewing scene will be reflected in the presence of Bent Spoke Brewing Co, Capital Brewing Co, Jono’s Jerky and others, while interstate exhibitors include many of Australia’s most renowned breweries such as Sydney Brewery, Lord Nelson Brewery, Grand Ridge Brewery, Pirate Life, Coopers, Mountain Goat Beer, Modus Operandi and James Squire. Specialist cideries such as Alpine Cider, Frank’s Cider and The Apple Thief will exhibit their range of ciders.

Funds will be raised once again during the Festival for Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief, a locally based group that provides support for over 300 cancer patients.

In addition, people will be able to make donations to the Rural Fire Service when making online advanced-purchase bookings.

Tickets are now available for $18 pre-purchase (via Moshtix) or $25 at the door (a booking fee applies).

Festival information: www.canberrabeerfest.com.au

Festival bookings: www.moshtix.com.au

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