Frequently Asked Questions

We are amazed at how quickly the tickets went this year and unfortunately they have all sold out in a matter of minutes!

If any get released back to us, if someone can’t go for instance, we have created a waitlist you can join. As they get released back we will randomly select from the waitlist and offer those chosen the opportunity to buy 2 x GA tickets.

Waitlist: http://bit.ly/DCBFF18Waitlist

We will also being having lots of giveaways in the lead up to the festival where you can be kept in the loop through our Social Media Channels or Sign up to our member newsletter here: bit.ly/DCBFFSubscribers

We are bound by the maximum capacity of 6,200 which is determined by the stadium for egress, health and safety and also general comfort of all attendees and at this stage we will be keeping this a one day event, but we are looking into increasing this to two days in 2019, but are currently working with all the stadium and stakeholders to see if this is possible and announce this through social media if and once it is confirmed.

Again this year, the festival is being charged a one-off activation fee for each wristband upon the first top up which has become standard across the industry.

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.

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 

We will be having all info and volunteer schedule up at the start of October, so keep an eye out till then.

If you have any questions, send an email to our volunteer Coordinator Pip: pip@ousa.org.nz 

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 2017 winning entry, ‘Session RIS’  a ‘small’ Russian Imperial Stout took out the Stout/Porter category and had been bottle aged for 15 months. It was described by the judges as a well balanced and silky drop with a nice roast and sherry, dark fruit and Christmas cake aromas. You’ll have the chance to sample the nice and smooth delight for yourself at this years festival, as Harvey has won the chance to brew it on commercial brewing equipment as the Festival Brew for 2018 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival!

Check out the festival brew here.

This year we are privileged to have Black Rock on board as sponsors of the sixth Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival Homebrew Competition, in association with The Dunedin Malt House! We are now collecting entries from keen homebrewers to battle for the chance to brew the 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.

Entries are now open for the 2018 competition. Click here for the entry form.

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.

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

Your ticket 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, Bic Runga and Elemeno P!

The festival will host a maximum crowd of 6,200 as determined by the stadium with egress and health and safety in mind

There’s quite a line-up this year, headed up by Bic Runga and Elemeno P! 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.

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

You can definitely get a refund if you don’t use all your credit on your digital wristband. You can either do it on the event day at the Top Up Bank for free or you can do it online through AWOP’s website www.awop.co.nz/refunds for up to a week after the festival (this will cost $0.60) Alternatively you can donate your remaining credit to our Festival Charity as you exit the festival.

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 stall 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, you can check at the OUSA Main Office (640 Cumberland Street) to see if it is there, as all unclaimed items and lost property found will go here. Please note their opening hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

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! Even though children are free, everyone including infants will need a ticket to enter the festival, as this number affects our maximum capacity.