The inaugural Sunshine Coast Craft Beer and Cider Festival will debut on the 25th November at the Sunshine Coast Stadium, showcasing over 160 beers and ciders from Australia and New Zealand.
The Sunshine Coast festival joins the likes of established regional beer festivals such as The Great Australia Beer Festival (Geelong & Albury) and Bitter & Twisted (Maitland) and will focus on celebrating independent beers from across Australia, with 26 passionate regional brewers – including nine local Sunshine Coast brewers – showcasing their beers and cider.
In recent years, the Sunshine Coast has developed a strong network of quality craft beer producers, with brewers such as Moffat Beach Brewery and Brouhaha winning national acclaim for their frothies.
Festival Director, Tanya Taber, said that the Sunshine Coast’s ‘naturally refreshing’ image and renowned agricultural produce were inspirations for staging the first craft beer and cider festival on the Sunshine Coast.
“Our local crafters in the Sunshine Coast are already attracting national attention, and we’re extremely excited to include them with other outstanding independent brewers from all over Australia,” said Mrs Taber.
“It makes it the perfect time to introduce a Craft Beer and Cider Festival to the region. We have had phenomenal interest from brewers to participate and I’m sure that both Sunshine Coast locals and those visiting the region for the event will be pleased to taste such a rich variety of quality brews on the day.”
The Festival will be a relaxed, family friendly event including live music all day, competitions, food pairing demonstrations, meet the brewer sessions, a roving circus, sideshow alley and plenty of activities to keep the children entertained.