In a region where wine is making headlines around the world, local beers are also gaining impressive respect and some devoted fans. Last Saturday’s Wanaka Beerfest saw record numbers attend the event which is in its third year. Organiser James Julian said it was a sell-out crowd of 1350—thankfully the weather held off and everyone had a good time.
“Everyone just really enjoyed themselves and enjoyed the entertainment,” he said.
Six local breweries plied their fares at the beerfest along with other craft breweries from around the South Island.
James Hay from B.Effect Brewing Co said it was really good event.
“It was an enjoyable day for the punters and for us as vendors because it had a really nice atmosphere,” he said.
“There was no trouble—it was an easy, well-run day so it all came together nicely. From all the feedback it was really good which was a dream result.”
In addition to the beer, kai on offer included a hugely popular barbecue, and Indian and Asian cuisine.
One highlight of the event was the home brew competition which was taken out by Wanaka local, Harvey Kane.
James Julian said next year will be even better although he’s not sure about increasing ticket sales.
“We are very conscious of the atmosphere and we don’t want to get too big too soon so that people feel lost,” he said.
Based on the popularity and success of this year, it is undoubtable that the 2019 event will sell out early.