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The Great Australian Beer Festival

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The festival has over 150 craft beers and ciders. Image :

Some people love beer, while others would rather kill maggots with it. However, if beer and cider is your thing, this is the event for you. The Great Australian Beer Festival will be held at Geelong Racecourse on Saturday the 1st of February from 11am until 7pm. The event includes stalls with over 150 ciders and beers to sample, free seminars on a whole range of things from beer tasting and appreciation to beer and food matching, live entertainment and competitions.

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Enjoy sampling the range of boutique beers and ciders available.

As you enter the main shed you'll see a vast array of brewers from Feral Brewing Company to Prickly Moses. You can purchase tokens to sample their stock. At last years festival the queues never got too long and there were water filling stations, a good reminder to keep hydrated and pace yourself.

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A number of brewers are stationed in the main shed

If you keep your eyes open you'll spot roving entertainment keeping the crowds amused as they relax under the umbrellas on the grass. There's a smattering of food stalls to purchase lunch.

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Enjoy the roving entertainment.

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Relax under the umbrellas on the grass.

Tickets can be purchased online and ticket prices range from $23.50 to $72.50 depending on the type of ticket and if you want an event glass or tokens for sampling beer and cider. If you would like to go but don't have the cash for a ticket you can volunteer on the day. There are a number of transport options available. Check out the website for more information.
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Why? To sample a great range of Australian beers and ciders
When: Saturday 1st of February 11am - 7pm
Phone: (03) 4202 0033
Where: Geelong Racecourse
Cost: Ticket prices range from $23.50 - $42.50
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