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Fine Beer, Cider and Food
The Great Australian Beer Festival (GABF) will be held at the Geelong Racecourse on Saturday 6th February 2016.
What will you see at a Beer Festival? Lots of beer for tasting and ciders available for sipping, tasting and sampling. You can taste all or some of the 200 craft and boutique beers and ciders on offer. I wouldn't suggest drinking that many beers in one day. There is also a brand new International beers section.
At the Great Australian Beer Festival you can wander through Australia's biggest alfresco craft beer garden. You will learn about the many facets of craft beer. There will be workshops and demonstrations on combining beer with food, with plenty of tastings on offer.
Even if beer isn't your drink of choice, there is plenty of other things you can do at the Festival. There is a range of the best gourmet food from around the region. You can learn how to pair beer and food at the Beer and Food pairing seminars.
Did I mention food? There will be lots of barbecues, slow cooked meat, pulled pork, brisket, lamb, ribs, chicken and more to whet your appetite. Try "Tastes of the Region" - food from local restaurants and food trucks.
There will be Home Brewing exhibits, and competitions for the best home brew. Live music will entertain the crowd with some of Australia's best performers. There is a shuttle bus service to and from the racecourse. There are children friendly events too.
This annual event sees brewers and beer lovers from Australia and beyond make the trip to the city by the bay - Geelong. This is a beer lover's paradise. There will be pop up bars, you can lounge in terraced gardens and learn to appreciate beer at the free seminars being held throughout the day. The free seminars offer free tastings and there are lots of goodies to sample. There are masterclasses for home brewers where you can learn techniques to creating a better brew.
With such a big area at the racecourse, and so many different sounds and smells and tastes, the day will be complimented by live music. There is a line of great performers to entertain you while you browse and sample the beers and ciders on offer. There are two stages, beer cabaret and more.
Some of the entertainment on the day will be performed on two stages. This year the main stage has been moved so make sure you do walk around the venue and find this stage.
The Settlement - formerly known as Buddha in a Chocolate Box. This is a five piece alternative folk group.
Revolution - they appeared at the Queenscliff Music Festival in 2014. They are a local group.
Spyndrift - this quartet plays a range of musical styles from dub-ska to circus-cabaret, and they wear lavish costumes.
Izzy Losi & The Auricles
Izzy Losi won the Telstra "Road to Discovery" 2014 Melbourne Live Heat. They have performed at four consecutive Queenscliff Music Festivals (QMF).
Imogen Brough - a local Geelong performer. Imogen has been compared to Enya and Coldplay. When Imogen appeared on The Voice, she performed an epic rendition of "Never Let Me Go" - by Florence and the Machine.
Ukes D'Jour - This is a 13 piece ukulele group. Listen to this band as they perform with ukuleles, double bass, banjo, guitar, saxaphone, washboard and percussion, the kazoo, and harmonica - and a jug!
And the list goes on. Joss Russell, Kyle Taylor, Roving musicians and buskers and more. You can see more information about the performers who are appearing on the day at the Great Australian Beer Festival here.
Some of the other exciting and different events on the day include:
- Australia's only keg rolling competition on the racetrack - watch the Kegstar Keg Rolling Challenge
- Many people dress up in wacky costumes so they will add plenty of colour to the day
- There are some cool exhibits to browse - Beertopography, Sculptures and Home brewing
- Lots of fun and entertainment for the children. Entry for children is free. The entertainment is for children under 13 years old. Children's activities will run from 12.00pm to 5.00pm.
Shuttle Bus Service
The Great Australian Beer Festival offers a shuttle bus service, which runs from South Geelong Railway Station and return. You can even get dropped off in the CBD, via the shuttle bus service. The shuttle service will be running all day, at only $2.00 per trip.
If you're coming to the Festival from outside Geelong make sure you book accommodation as Geelong's motels and hotels are filling fast. If you need assistance to find out about booking and availability, contact Geelong Tourism on 1800 755 611.
This is the fourth year of the Great Australian Beer Festival. The Festival is becoming well known as one of the country's leading celebrations of everything "beer". At this beer paradise, you can wander through pop up bars, you can lounge in bean bags and share a laugh and a beer with friends. Try some (not all) of over 200 Australian and International craft brews.
For Ticket Prices click here. Tickets can be purchased online or you can buy tickets at the gate. Tickets will be available at the gate unless sold out. A ticket which gives you entry and a glass will cost $40.00.