Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest
July, Huon Valley, Hobart
The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest celebrates the region’s apple-picking history with a two day festival that includes wassailing, the age old tradition to scare away evil spirits and awaken the trees to promote a good harvest. Get in the spirit and dress up, or simply enjoy the music and dancing, the delicious food in abundance and of course, Willie Smith’s cider.
Tasmania International Beerfest
With a 150metre waterfront beer garden, the Tasmania International Beerfest not only shows off Hobart’s beautiful harbour but puts the spotlight on local and international craft beer and cider and delicious local Tasmanian food. Take the opportunity to meet the brewers, broaden your palate and appreciation for craft beer, all the while enjoying the entertainment that is on offer.
Great Australian Beer Festival
February, Geelong (47 miles / 75 kilometres southwest from Melbourne)
The Great Australian Beer Festival in Geelong has over 150 craft beers and ciders available to taste your way through in their alfresco beer garden. Attend one of the festival seminars to educate yourself across a number of topics including beer appreciation, the craft of beer and food matching and how to make your own craft beer at home. While the beer and cider are the main focus, there are a number of local restaurants that serve up a festival menu that will delight your taste buds and to top it off there is plenty of entertainment to enjoy.
Great Australasian Beer Spectapular
While the Great Australasian Beer Spectapular (or GABS for short) has only been around since 2012, the festival has managed to draw in some of the best craft breweries from Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Craft beer fans will be delighted to hear that many of these brewers create new beers specifically for the event giving you the unique opportunity to sample it first. The festival also includes educational seminars, a gourmet food market and Tasting Paddles to help you sample the many brews available.
Good Beer Week
Beer becomes a hot topic across Victoria for a week in May when the state celebrates Good Beer Week. Held in venues that range from a vintage train to the finest pubs and a three-hatted restaurant in a historic park, the festival has a central hub located at one of the best pubs in Melbourne, The Terminus in Fitzroy North. Take part in a range of exciting and different events that include beer paired with whisky, Little Creatures Good Beer College, Australian Craft Brewers Conference, master classes, barbecues and, of course, festival favourite The Pint of Origin.