Frequently Asked Questions

Nope! We don’t have an off-license so anything purchased at the festival is to be consumed at the festival.

Please remember, this is first and foremost about beer tasting, not beer drinking. With so many excellent breweries offering their wares, we recommend you branch out and try a whole spectrum of different beers!

We have a great range of alternatives to beer at our festival.

This includes numerous wine and cider options, and then of course the many free water stations scattered throughout the festival, coffee (and other hot drinks) stalls, as well as juice and soft drinks if you’re not drinking alcohol on the day or just need a breather.

This year we seem to have attracted loads of attention from out of town companies – from West Coast made Hungarian bread, to a spicy chicken wing fire truck hailing from Wanaka, a Salmon Farm from Lake Tekapo, and a smoky pulled bbq pork company from Southland, we have a HUGE variety to deliver the best Dunedin’s ever seen! Come hungry and you will not be disappointed! Get your taste buds buzzing by checking out the food vendors here.

Absolutely! That’s one of our main goals, and we promise to have lots of special beers at our festival that you can’t find on store shelves. Ask previous attendees and they’ll confirm that our brewers bring the goods for this event.

We don’t have a full list of the beers available on the website but 95% of the brews will be listed in the Festival Booklet Check out all the breweries who will be in attendance here.

Email us directly and we’ll be in touch!

The festival beer is decided by the previous year’s homebrew competition – the winner has the opportunity to brew the following years beer under the guidance from our friends at Emerson’s Brewery. The 2015 winning entry, aptly named ‘Wild Gose Chase’ is an outstanding example of a kettle soured Gose. The winner, Max Major, utilised pink Himalayan salt and coriander seeds to add some zing, along with lactobacillus to sour the brew, and managed to create a very well balanced and delicious beer.

Check out the festival brew here.

As part of the 2016 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival we are once again running our Homebrew Competition, collecting entries from keen homebrewers to battle for the chance to brew next year’s ‘Festival Brew’ on commercial brewing equipment with the guidance of a veteran brewer!

There is also a great prize pool for 2nd and 3rd place, as well as varietal category winners, supplied by the Dunedin Malt House. This is a great opportunity to get direct feedback from industry professionals and to have the opportunity to brew next year’s festival beer! If you are interested in entering, check out the details here.

Yes! All vendors will be using biodegradable packaging products such as plates and utensils and all drink vendors will be pouring into the festival glass. These measures, along with clearly labelled bins, and utilisation of the stadium’s robust recycling system, we hope to produce minimal waste.

Smoking will be permitted in two designated outdoor areas only (see festival map on the day for location).

There are plenty of paid Wilson Carparks available directly behind the stadium, however if you’re looking for the free option we recommend coming early to find the best spots around the Logan Park area or beside the harbour.

First in, first served though!

The entry/exit point for the festival is Gate C at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Many people will arrive early to the festival, and a line to get into a beer festival is unfortunately inevitable. You can help to keep get the lines flowing smoothly into the stadium by having your age ID and tickets ready.

The location for gate sales is the Gate D box office.

Due to venue capacity and amount of beer on hand, only a limited number of tickets will be sold. Tickets may sell out early, so advanced purchase is highly recommended. If tickets are available at the gate, credit cards and cash will be accepted.

Yes, check out the all you need to know here.

Tickets cost GA $34.90 + BF, or students are $24.90 + BF (students must show current student ID on the gate). This includes entry into the festival, a festival glass, a digital wristband, a festival booklet, as well as the opportunity to sample some of the best beer, wine, cider and food New Zealand has on offer!

It also gets you access to watching our stellar music line-up, headlined by none other than kiwi faves, Fly My Pretties!

Please note there is a ticket price increase for gate sales on the day. You can buy your tickets in advance here.

The festival will host a maximum crowd of 6,000 so we highly recommend purchasing your tickets early. We will announce if we sell out: if we don’t then yes, you can purchase on the day of the event (door charges are an extra $5 more than the pre-purchase tickets).

There’s quite a line-up this year, headed up by Fly My Pretties! You can check out the full line-up on the Music page once all of our acts are confirmed

BF stands for booking fee. This is a surcharge on ticket purchases. It doesn’t mean you can bring your Best Friend/Boyfriend along for free!

Due to our liquor licence, we will be only be able to sell up to 2 drinks per person per transaction.

Unfortunately there will be no re-admittance after you have left.

There will be plenty of taxis available to take you home safely. We also have free courtesy service thank to our friends at Cooke Howlison Holden. This will be available from 3:30pm on the day.

The sky is the limit! From $1 to $1000, topping up is 100% flexible to give you exactly what you want!

They will be open till the festival finishes at 7pm. Make sure you get your refund before the festival finishes, as you cannot get refunds after the day!

Easily! Contact our sales team for a rate card or just to have a chat about advertising possibilities.

We have locked in all the vendors for this year’s festival.

However if you’re keen to get involved for next year, pop over to our contact page to get in touch with one of the team.

The festival runs from midday until 7pm.

Last drinks are poured at 6:30pm. We’ll notify you on the PA system in advance, so make sure you’ve sampled everything you want to prior to this time.

If you do happen to misplace any of your things throughout the day, we have a dedicated area where you can go to be reunited with your stuff! See the Information/Lost Property Kiosk on the day. It will also have a coat check service, so be sure to check here before you leave if you have lost anything – it’ll be well signposted and on the festival map so you ought to be able to find it, no sweat.

If you find yourself without your jacket after you get home, log it on the OUSA lost and found page, and if we find it, we’ll be in touch.

Definitely! We have a range of vegetarian and gluten free options this year – have a look around! To make it really easy for you, we’ve indicated in the Food section of the Festival Programme booklet which stalls have vegetarian fare and/or gluten free goodies.

Yes! We love having whole families attend. There are a wide array of activities and stalls to suit the whole family. From our Kids Zone to the main stage, the children will stay amused for hours. We have almost as many food vendors as beer vendors, meaning you can eat away to your hearts content too. Plus, children under 14 attend the festival for free!

Yes, you can as long as it is over $5. Just go to the top up bank to get a refund before the end of the festival.