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GABS Festival is a unique and fun festival experience celebrating the best breweries, cider producers and food purveyors, and now it's time for Melbourne and Sydney to party! There's more entertainment than one single human can cover. Check out the 72 pages of the Official Guide and be prepared to discover, sample, learn, explore, celebrate, play and dance!

GABS Melbourne runs from Fri 17 to Sun 19 May 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton. Timeframes are split and on Friday the event runs from 11.30am to 4.30pm and again from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Saturday follows the same format and timeframes as Friday. Sunday loses the evening session and will only be operating from 11.30am to 4.30pm. Get your tickets HERE.

The future is NOW! Head HERE to download the Official App and Guide for Melbourne. You'll be given the guide on arrival, but this way you get a sneak peek at the Bible for all things happening at GABS. You can browse the app for Dan Murphy's Marketplace stands and food vendors, and see where they are at the same time! Why not download the Melbourne Event Map right here, so you know where you're heading and discover some of the highlights.

GABS Sydney is a one day only event on Sat 1 June 2019 from 11.30am to 4.30pm and again from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. Get your tickets HERE. As per Melbourne, you can download the Sydney App and Official Guide right here, and of course the Event Map. Your tickets get you a souvenir GABS Festival Glass, free entry to a few places, including free food and samples and a whole lot more. If you're on a budget, check into Silly Group Prices for Silly Hat Sunday for affordable prices. For highlights in Sydney, see HERE. With up to 180 unique Festival Beers and Ciders, as well as the best brewers, street food, circus and sideshow acts, roving bands, and an indoor Ferris Wheel, it's going to be Disneyland for beer lovers.

Dan Murphy's Marketplace is the perfect place to discover new favourites, limited releases, and chat to the people behind the brews. You can buy tasters from every stand, or go the full pour of your Souvenir Festival Glass. With hundreds of fantastic beers on offer, it's hard to know where to begin. Head to My Dan Murphy's Discovery Deck where you can take part in an in-depth guided tasting session to find your favourite beer styles.

To make it more fun, you also get a chance to play games and go into the running to win some great prizes. If you're a little more serious about the brews, the Craft College is the one for you. It's like school but more fun and about beer. Delve into the highly entertaining and educational journey into the world of beer and cider. Sessions are FREE and include complimentary tasters, but it's first in best dressed.

The Ariston Food & Drink Experience is where you learn to pair beer, cider and spirits with all your favourite dishes. Hosted by Beer Diva, Kirrily Waldhorn, enjoy free, fun-filled cooking and drink pairing demos with leading Aussie chefs. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get into the kitchen. You might even get blindfolded. Again it's strictly first come, first served, so get in fast! All that drinking needs food to go with it, and what a list of vendors! The Street Food available at this event reads like a who's who with 400 Gradi, Red Spice Road, St Gerry's, Let's Do Yum Cha, Bovine & Swine and more, on board.

Peruse the Guide and the Facebook page for updates and Festival specials. You can nominate a friend to ring the GABS BELL at the start and close of every GABS session. The lucky winner will receive two tickets to GABS Melbourne as well as the privilege of opening the bar with the official bell-ringing. See Facebook post, and tag someone you feel deserves this great honour in comments.

From whacky horse races, Ferris Wheel rides that also help fight Motor Neurone Disease, Fat Yak Rib Attack and more, this Festival has it all. If you think you have what it takes for the Rib Attack, register your interest at the Yak Ales stand. All you have to do is down a rack of ribs faster than anyone else. Four competitors, one enormous rack of ribs each. Beat the clock and your rib-rivals and be the fastest to get down to the bones. The winner will take home a sweet sweet beer and BBQ prize pack. Happy days!

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Why? Great Australasian Beer Spectapular GABS beer cider food festival 2019
When: Melbourne - Fri 17 to Sun 19 May 2019 // Sydney - Sat 1 June 2019
Where: Melbourne - Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, VIC // Sydney - Sydney Showground, Olympic Park, NSW
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