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Transport Options

If you intend to sample some of the alcoholic delights on offer at the Festival, then you clearly will be leaving the car at home. So, we know you’ll have transport in hand, but just in case, here’s our list of reminders of other ingenious ways to travel: 

  • Taxis. Dunedin has plenty of them, and if your still stuck, stick your head into the on-site info centre and they’ll help you out. 
  • Likewise, bus routes are plentiful in the city and to surrounding suburbs. Again, info centre will be able to point you in the right direction, with the correct number bus (es) to catch home. 
  • Walk. It’s good to walk. But walk and talk, so make sure you grab a mate or two to wander home with. 
  • Sober Driver. Too easy.  

The not so good: 

  • Scooters. Mmmm. Maybe NOT. For obvious reasons. 
  • Bikes. Again, if you’ve been drinking, then no. For obvious reasons. 

 

Sober Driver 

We encourage patrons to have a designated driver to get you home at the end of the event. 

Festival ticket add on’s:

Tasting Room Sessions 

Check out all our Tasting Room seminar information via our website and simply add it to your initial ticket purchase. Numbers are strictly limited per session, don’t miss out!  

 

Tasting Room Sessions presented by Wealth Protection Specialists 

Venue: Otago Daily Times Lounge, Level 2, Forsyth Barr Stadium 

Access: The Tasting Room Sessions, presented by Wealth Protection Specialists, take place in the Otago Daily Times Lounge, second level of the Speights Stand. Access to the lounge is through the Speights Stand. You’ll need to use the entranceway on the pitch approx. halfway along the Speights Stand side. Give yourself a good five minutes to get there on time, or take 10, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the festival from the stands. 

Cost: $25 + booking fee 

Please note: You must also be in possession of a Festival Gate entry ticket to gain access to these sessions. 

Sound great. What are the Tasting Rooms on offer for 2021?
 

EMERSONS X LWF DISTILLERY RUM

Emerson’s beers matched with amazing Botanical Rum’s from LWF Distillery located in Oakura, Taranaki. You’ll get to try four pours of Emerson’s Craft Beer range, as well as four tasters of different flavoured LWF Rum. This session will be hosted by Richard Emerson, of Emerson’s, and Janet Charteris, of LWF Distillery. 

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 5:35pm – 6:20pm & Sat: 4:10pm – 4:55pm 

INTERNATIONAL GINS PRESENTED BY MEENANS 

Come meet Donna from Meenans and take a walk down ‘Gin Street’ that once was, but is no longer, where evil lurked, the sun now definitely shines. (A reference to Mothers Ruin by William Hogarth). The evolution and explosion of gin all over the globe is something to behold & Donna will walk us through some tales of old, a teeny bit about the ways gin is made, the types of gins & even let you taste some stand out examples. 

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 7:10pm – 7:55pm & Sat: 2:35pm – 3:20pm 

BEHEMOTH VS A LADY BUTCHER 

Meat and Beer? A match made in heaven, some may say. But what about charcuterie? Is it a beer match? You be the judge as Andrew Childs and butcher wife Hannah, go head-to-head over creating the best pairings. And, after some tastings, answer the question of which is better, beer or meat? Craft beers and New Zealand Charcuterie plus a bit of banter from this dynamic couple? Not to be missed.   

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 4pm – 4:45pm & Sat: 1pm – 1:45pm 

When do tickets go on sale?
  • Newsletter Subscribers Ticket Release
    The first release of tickets will go on sale from the 26th July 2021 at 6PM via an exclusive link to all those who subscribed to the Newsletter database (Sign ups have now closed). 
  • Hauraki Breakfast Ticket Release
    Tune into Hauraki Breakfast on Tuesday 27th July for all details on the second ticket release & how to access tickets! Hauraki pre sales go live at 6pm. 
  • Public Ticket Release
    Public Sales go live 6PM Thursday the 29th July. Make sure you’ve read all the FAQ’s and troubleshooting details here (https://dunedinbeerfest.co.nz/faqs/)! Don’t forget you can purchase Add On’s including our Tasting Rooms! 
I have a lot of wristbands I am wanting to pre purchase credit for – what can I do?

No problem! During the week prior to the festival, just flick us an email to ousa@ousa.org.nz detailing: 

  • How many wristbands you are collecting 
  • The amount you want pre-loaded onto each  
  • The name of the person collecting and paying 

Please keep in mind that the one-off activation fee of $3.50 will be deducted from the amount placed on EACH wristband. 

The person collecting on behalf will need to present all the tickets, screenshots of an eTicket is fine. 

You will not be able to collect prepaid wristbands on the day, this service is only available from the OUSA office the week prior to the festival. 

How can I pre-purchase credit for my wristband?

Easy! You can pre-purchase credit for your wristband by coming into OUSA Main Office Reception (640 Cumberland Street) in the week preceding the festival. We will issue your band early, so don’t lose it! Sorry but NO replacements offered if you lose it before the event.  

Top up times are Mon – Fri 10:00am to 4:30pm. You will need to bring your ticket and a legal form of ID.  

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. 

Does the stadium have disability parking and toilets?

Yes! Mobility parking is in the SH88 carpark opposite Gate E entry. There are two disability toilets on the north concourse and two on the ODT slab.

How many people are you expecting to attend?

The DCBFF will attract around 12,000 across both days, that’s 6,000 a day!We limit numbers to ensure its a great experience for all, and in line with Health and Safety. 

Can I leave the festival and re-enter later?

Sorry, no pass outs. There will be no re-admittance after you have left. 

Why are there lines to get in?

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 the lines flowing smoothly into the stadium by having your age ID and tickets ready. We aim to get you all in as safely and quickly as possible so the fun can begin. Please also remember to scan in on the Covid Tracer App 

What can’t I bring in?

What  can’t I bring in?  

Alcohol – Obviously no. But there’s plenty inside. 

Food – Again, no, unless for an infant, or special dietary requirements.  

Folding Chairs – We’d rather not, unless they are small and discrete ones please. There is seating inside. 

Bean Bags – No, really rather you didn’t.   

Umbrellas – Sort of. We are lucky enough to have the only stadium in NZ with a roof.  Umbrellas are not allowed into the venue, but if the weathers pretty average outside, then they can be dropped at gate entry into the bins provided, at the owners own risk.   

Glass bottles (including perfume/ after shave/ etc). Sorry, but no. These will be disposed of, so please apply before leaving home. 

Cameras’. Yes, your standard camera’s all good. But no professional gear without prior arrangement please. 

Why is there a $3.50 one off activation fee?

The festival is charged a one-off activation fee for each wristband upon the first top up. This is standard practice at most events using this or similar technology. It pays for the development and provision of the technology at the event. 

When do the Top Up Banks Close?

Top Up will finish ONE hour prior to the close of the Festival.   

So 9pm on the Friday and 6pm on the Saturday.  

You will still be able to get a last-minute top up from the mobile top up personnel in the blue Hi-Viz tops. They can help you out until 9.30pm Friday and 6.30pm Saturday.  

If I don’t use all my digital wristband credit, how and where can I get a refund?

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 day of the event at the Gate E 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)  
  • Or, alternatively, you can donate your remaining credit to our Festival Charity as you exit the festival.  Representatives will be present to assist you! 

 

We won’t be able to issue any refunds at the OUSA office. It’s far easier and convenient to do it online! Just make sure you don’t throw your band away, you will need the unique code written on the back. 

Why can I not just buy a pint? What’s with the tasting glasses?

This event is first and foremost more about beer tastingthan beer drinking. With so many excellent breweries offering their wares, we recommend you branch out and try a whole spectrum of different beers! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout your stay as well. 

What sizes are the lines on the cup?

The first line is 75ml is a taster measure, 100ml for wine pours150ml for HALF pour and finally the 330ml is for FULL pours. 

What will be available to drink other than beer?

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

This includes numerous wine and cider options, a cheeky gin or possible moonshine, and then of course the many free water stations scattered throughout the festival, as well as juice and soft drinks if you’re not drinking alcohol on the day, or just need a breather.  

We also hope that we will have a coffee cart onsite on both Friday and Saturday.  But all still TBC whilst we work through applications to this year’s Festival. 

Will you have any special beers I can’t buy at my local store?

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. 

Where can I get water?

There are 6 free water stations scattered throughout the festival site.

So, we encourage you to swill your Festival cup out, and then refill with bountiful freshwater.  Keep hydrated and enjoy the day. 

Where can I find non-alcoholic stalls?

Our Festival website. We’ll update once we have locked all our 2021 vendors in. 

Have you got a waste strategy?

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

Please help us with this by using the right bins! If you don’t want to keep your festival glass at the end of the day, just pop it in the labelled bin and they will be sent back to Globelet to grind down and reuse!  

What about parking?

There are some parks available directly behind the stadium (very limited on the Friday as this is leased parking). Or around Logan Park. Either way we recommend coming early to find the best spots around the Logan Park area or beside the harbour. First in, first served though.

How can I advertise on the Festival Website

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

Flick them an email at tim@planetmedia.co.nz 

How long does the festival go for?

The festival runs for the following times: 
Friday 29th October: 3pm – 10pm 
Saturday 30th October: 12pm – 7pm 

I see there is a free kids area?

Yes, there will be a kid’s area (Check out the site map on the Festival Website for location). 

Please bear in mind this is not a crèche, but an area with some child friendly focused activities.  Please note – the kid’s zone will be open on Saturday only.  

Doh. I missed out on tickets this year…Is there anything I can do?

Ticketmaster offer a waitlist to this event, so be sure to sign up to it through their website. Over to our mates at Ticketmaster for a bit more info:

“We’ve designed Waiting List so fans can be notified when tickets are released for an event. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee if or when tickets will be released, or guarantee the availability of tickets if you receive an email after joining a Waiting List. Along with joining the event’s Waiting List, opting-in or subscribing to receive emails from Ticketmaster or the event partner will give you the best chance for securing tickets.”

We will also be having lots of giveaways in the lead up to the festival where you can be kept in the loop through our Social Media Channels on Facebook & Instagram, or sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Ticket types available?

#1: General Admission Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $50.00 + Booking Fee   

Qualification Criteria:  

  • 18+  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  

 

#2: Tertiary Student Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $45.00 + Booking Fee 

Qualification Criteria: 

  • 18+  
  • Tertiary Level Student ID Card to be presented on entry to Festival  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  

 

#3: Hop the Queue Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $95.00 + Booking Fee 

Qualification Criteria:  

  • 18+  

Includes:  

  • Exclusive Entrance to Festival Official Festival Cup  
  • Official Festival Limited Cup Lanyard  
  • AWOP Wristband. (Preloaded with $20 credit & no Activation Fee)  
  • Preferential access to a single GA ticket to the day of your choice for the 2022 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival. Please note, you MUST opt into receiving further correspondence during the purchase process to receive details of this preferential sale for 2022. Your 2022 preferential tickets will be available for purchase prior to general release of tickets.  
  • You will also have access to other ticket types during the preferential pre-sale for the 2022 Festival. But these will be limited, and on a first come, first served basis.  

 

#4: Family Ticket (Sat ONLY) – $100.00 + Booking Fee  

Qualification Criteria:  

  • Adults must be 18+  
  • Children 0-17 year olds  

Combination of:  

  • Family of 3 (2 Adults/ 1 child)  
  • Family of 4 (2 adults/ 2 children)  
  • Family of 5 (2 adults/ 3 children)  
  • Family of 6 (2 adults/ 4 children)  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  
  • Please note U18 wristband will be restricted to food purchases only.  
Where can I buy tickets?

Click the button at the top right of our website, and follow the link. Tickets are all sold through TicketMaster. 

Can I pre-purchase credit and pick up wristbands of behalf of others?

You can collect wristbands on behalf of others, but only on presentation of their tickets and only if you are placing credit on their wristbands. 

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up a wristband. 

Where can I breastfeed, and are there baby changing areas?

Wherever you feel comfortable within the public area of Festival. There is a change table in each of the mobility toilets – 2 on ODT slab and 2 on the North Concourse. 

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry into the festival, a festival glass, a digital wristband, as well as the opportunity to sample some of the best beer, wine, cider and food New Zealand has on offer! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! 

It also gets you access to our top-drawer music line-up. This year’s festival features, The Black Seeds, The Jordan Luck Band, Anna Coddington, Kylie Price, Black-Sale House and Tall Folk! 

What does BF mean?

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! 

Which gate do I go through to exit the festival?

GA entry point for the festival is Gate D.  

For those with Hop The Queue tickets entry is via Gate E. 

Disability Access will be via Gate E. 

Exit is available through Gate C or D or E. 

Do I need a ticket for my child?

YES! We have limited family tickets available for Saturday ONLY. A family ticket gets 2 adults and up to 4 children in to the Festival. Even though children are free, everyone including infants up to the age of 17 years old will need a children’s ticket to enter the festival, as this number affects our maximum capacity. 

But remember Friday’s event is strictly R18 ONLY. 

Can you tell me more about the digital wristband system? Can I top up my band early? 

The DCBFF is a cashless environment for your convenience. 

You’ll get an easy-to-use electronic wristband upon arrival that you can top up with credit throughout the day. You can top up with either cash or EFTPOS and all it takes to transfer credit on or off your wristband is you holding your wristband under the machine, easy as.  

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. Why? Read on… 

 

When do I get my wristband and where can I top up it up at the event?

You get your digital wristband as you enter the stadium. From there you can use cash or EFTPOS to top it up at the Top Up Bank located at Gate E, or with a mobile top up person who will be floating around the festival site in blue high vis tops. 

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. 

What are the minimum & maximum limits for topping up?

The sky is the limit! From $1 to $1000, topping up is 100% flexible to give you exactly what you want!And what you don’t spend you can get re-credited, or donate to our Festival Charity.

Can I take any beers away with me?

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

How many alcoholic drinks may I buy per vendor service?

As many as the stall’s duty manager feels safe/suitable to serve you with.   

We may limit the number of drinks per person per transaction if we felt he need to at any point during the Festival.  

I lost my festival cup. Can I get another?

OoopsYou can purchase a new cup for $3 from the info tent.Phew. 

What time do you stop serving alcohol? 

Last drinks are poured at 9.30pm on Friday and 6:30pm on Saturday. We’ll notify you on the PA system in advance, so make sure you’ve sampled everything you want to prior to this time.

What is the festival beer and who made it?

The festival beer is the previous year’s Homebrew Competition.  

The 2020 winning entry was an Apricot Gose, submitted by Ben Dagg. You’ll have the chance to sample the flavours and tones of this brew for yourself at this year’s festival, as Ben has won the chance to brew it on commercial brewing equipment alongside our great mates down at Emerson’s. Cheers Ben for providing the official Festival Brew for the 2021 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival!  

Is there food for vegetarians? What about gluten free?

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 Website which stalls have vegetarian fare and/or gluten free, or other dietary goodies. 

What bands are playing this year?
Is smoking/ vaping permitted?

Smoking and Vaping is only permitted within the designated smoking/vaping areas Gate C (check out the site map on the Festival Website for location). 

I want to make sure I get home safe, can you help me?

There will be plenty of taxis available to take you home safely. These will be located outside of Gate C/D area.

How do I have a stall at the festival?

Expression of interest from Beverage and/or Food are open from Monday 28th June until Friday 30th July. Interested vendors need to head to https://dunedinbeerfest.co.nz/vendors/ and to click on the “apply now” button to follow the application process. 

I’ve lost my jacket, do you have a lost and found area?

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, or other personal items 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.  

Transport Options

If you intend to sample some of the alcoholic delights on offer at the Festival, then you clearly will be leaving the car at home. So, we know you’ll have transport in hand, but just in case, here’s our list of reminders of other ingenious ways to travel: 

  • Taxis. Dunedin has plenty of them, and if your still stuck, stick your head into the on-site info centre and they’ll help you out. 
  • Likewise, bus routes are plentiful in the city and to surrounding suburbs. Again, info centre will be able to point you in the right direction, with the correct number bus (es) to catch home. 
  • Walk. It’s good to walk. But walk and talk, so make sure you grab a mate or two to wander home with. 
  • Sober Driver. Too easy.  

The not so good: 

  • Scooters. Mmmm. Maybe NOT. For obvious reasons. 
  • Bikes. Again, if you’ve been drinking, then no. For obvious reasons. 

 

Sober Driver 

We encourage patrons to have a designated driver to get you home at the end of the event. 

Doh. I missed out on tickets this year…Is there anything I can do?

Ticketmaster offer a waitlist to this event, so be sure to sign up to it through their website. Over to our mates at Ticketmaster for a bit more info:

“We’ve designed Waiting List so fans can be notified when tickets are released for an event. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee if or when tickets will be released, or guarantee the availability of tickets if you receive an email after joining a Waiting List. Along with joining the event’s Waiting List, opting-in or subscribing to receive emails from Ticketmaster or the event partner will give you the best chance for securing tickets.”

We will also be having lots of giveaways in the lead up to the festival where you can be kept in the loop through our Social Media Channels on Facebook & Instagram, or sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page!

Festival ticket add on’s:

Tasting Room Sessions 

Check out all our Tasting Room seminar information via our website and simply add it to your initial ticket purchase. Numbers are strictly limited per session, don’t miss out!  

 

Tasting Room Sessions presented by Wealth Protection Specialists 

Venue: Otago Daily Times Lounge, Level 2, Forsyth Barr Stadium 

Access: The Tasting Room Sessions, presented by Wealth Protection Specialists, take place in the Otago Daily Times Lounge, second level of the Speights Stand. Access to the lounge is through the Speights Stand. You’ll need to use the entranceway on the pitch approx. halfway along the Speights Stand side. Give yourself a good five minutes to get there on time, or take 10, and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the festival from the stands. 

Cost: $25 + booking fee 

Please note: You must also be in possession of a Festival Gate entry ticket to gain access to these sessions. 

Sound great. What are the Tasting Rooms on offer for 2021?
 

EMERSONS X LWF DISTILLERY RUM

Emerson’s beers matched with amazing Botanical Rum’s from LWF Distillery located in Oakura, Taranaki. You’ll get to try four pours of Emerson’s Craft Beer range, as well as four tasters of different flavoured LWF Rum. This session will be hosted by Richard Emerson, of Emerson’s, and Janet Charteris, of LWF Distillery. 

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 5:35pm – 6:20pm & Sat: 4:10pm – 4:55pm 

INTERNATIONAL GINS PRESENTED BY MEENANS 

Come meet Donna from Meenans and take a walk down ‘Gin Street’ that once was, but is no longer, where evil lurked, the sun now definitely shines. (A reference to Mothers Ruin by William Hogarth). The evolution and explosion of gin all over the globe is something to behold & Donna will walk us through some tales of old, a teeny bit about the ways gin is made, the types of gins & even let you taste some stand out examples. 

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 7:10pm – 7:55pm & Sat: 2:35pm – 3:20pm 

BEHEMOTH VS A LADY BUTCHER 

Meat and Beer? A match made in heaven, some may say. But what about charcuterie? Is it a beer match? You be the judge as Andrew Childs and butcher wife Hannah, go head-to-head over creating the best pairings. And, after some tastings, answer the question of which is better, beer or meat? Craft beers and New Zealand Charcuterie plus a bit of banter from this dynamic couple? Not to be missed.   

Date: Friday 29th October & Saturday 30th October 

Time/s: Fri: 4pm – 4:45pm & Sat: 1pm – 1:45pm 

Ticket types available?

#1: General Admission Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $50.00 + Booking Fee   

Qualification Criteria:  

  • 18+  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  

 

#2: Tertiary Student Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $45.00 + Booking Fee 

Qualification Criteria: 

  • 18+  
  • Tertiary Level Student ID Card to be presented on entry to Festival  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  

 

#3: Hop the Queue Tickets (Fri OR Sat) – $95.00 + Booking Fee 

Qualification Criteria:  

  • 18+  

Includes:  

  • Exclusive Entrance to Festival Official Festival Cup  
  • Official Festival Limited Cup Lanyard  
  • AWOP Wristband. (Preloaded with $20 credit & no Activation Fee)  
  • Preferential access to a single GA ticket to the day of your choice for the 2022 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival. Please note, you MUST opt into receiving further correspondence during the purchase process to receive details of this preferential sale for 2022. Your 2022 preferential tickets will be available for purchase prior to general release of tickets.  
  • You will also have access to other ticket types during the preferential pre-sale for the 2022 Festival. But these will be limited, and on a first come, first served basis.  

 

#4: Family Ticket (Sat ONLY) – $100.00 + Booking Fee  

Qualification Criteria:  

  • Adults must be 18+  
  • Children 0-17 year olds  

Combination of:  

  • Family of 3 (2 Adults/ 1 child)  
  • Family of 4 (2 adults/ 2 children)  
  • Family of 5 (2 adults/ 3 children)  
  • Family of 6 (2 adults/ 4 children)  

Includes:  

  • Entry to Festival  
  • Official Festival Cup  
  • AWOP Wristband (A One-Off Activation fee of $3.50 applies on first Top Up)  
  • Please note U18 wristband will be restricted to food purchases only.  
When do tickets go on sale?
  • Newsletter Subscribers Ticket Release
    The first release of tickets will go on sale from the 26th July 2021 at 6PM via an exclusive link to all those who subscribed to the Newsletter database (Sign ups have now closed). 
  • Hauraki Breakfast Ticket Release
    Tune into Hauraki Breakfast on Tuesday 27th July for all details on the second ticket release & how to access tickets! Hauraki pre sales go live at 6pm. 
  • Public Ticket Release
    Public Sales go live 6PM Thursday the 29th July. Make sure you’ve read all the FAQ’s and troubleshooting details here (https://dunedinbeerfest.co.nz/faqs/)! Don’t forget you can purchase Add On’s including our Tasting Rooms! 
Where can I buy tickets?

Click the button at the top right of our website, and follow the link. Tickets are all sold through TicketMaster. 

I have a lot of wristbands I am wanting to pre purchase credit for – what can I do?

No problem! During the week prior to the festival, just flick us an email to ousa@ousa.org.nz detailing: 

  • How many wristbands you are collecting 
  • The amount you want pre-loaded onto each  
  • The name of the person collecting and paying 

Please keep in mind that the one-off activation fee of $3.50 will be deducted from the amount placed on EACH wristband. 

The person collecting on behalf will need to present all the tickets, screenshots of an eTicket is fine. 

You will not be able to collect prepaid wristbands on the day, this service is only available from the OUSA office the week prior to the festival. 

Can I pre-purchase credit and pick up wristbands of behalf of others?

You can collect wristbands on behalf of others, but only on presentation of their tickets and only if you are placing credit on their wristbands. 

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up a wristband. 

How can I pre-purchase credit for my wristband?

Easy! You can pre-purchase credit for your wristband by coming into OUSA Main Office Reception (640 Cumberland Street) in the week preceding the festival. We will issue your band early, so don’t lose it! Sorry but NO replacements offered if you lose it before the event.  

Top up times are Mon – Fri 10:00am to 4:30pm. You will need to bring your ticket and a legal form of ID.  

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. 

Where can I breastfeed, and are there baby changing areas?

Wherever you feel comfortable within the public area of Festival. There is a change table in each of the mobility toilets – 2 on ODT slab and 2 on the North Concourse. 

Does the stadium have disability parking and toilets?

Yes! Mobility parking is in the SH88 carpark opposite Gate E entry. There are two disability toilets on the north concourse and two on the ODT slab.

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry into the festival, a festival glass, a digital wristband, as well as the opportunity to sample some of the best beer, wine, cider and food New Zealand has on offer! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated! 

It also gets you access to our top-drawer music line-up. This year’s festival features, The Black Seeds, The Jordan Luck Band, Anna Coddington, Kylie Price, Black-Sale House and Tall Folk! 

How many people are you expecting to attend?

The DCBFF will attract around 12,000 across both days, that’s 6,000 a day!We limit numbers to ensure its a great experience for all, and in line with Health and Safety. 

What does BF mean?

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! 

Can I leave the festival and re-enter later?

Sorry, no pass outs. There will be no re-admittance after you have left. 

Which gate do I go through to exit the festival?

GA entry point for the festival is Gate D.  

For those with Hop The Queue tickets entry is via Gate E. 

Disability Access will be via Gate E. 

Exit is available through Gate C or D or E. 

Why are there lines to get in?

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 the lines flowing smoothly into the stadium by having your age ID and tickets ready. We aim to get you all in as safely and quickly as possible so the fun can begin. Please also remember to scan in on the Covid Tracer App 

Do I need a ticket for my child?

YES! We have limited family tickets available for Saturday ONLY. A family ticket gets 2 adults and up to 4 children in to the Festival. Even though children are free, everyone including infants up to the age of 17 years old will need a children’s ticket to enter the festival, as this number affects our maximum capacity. 

But remember Friday’s event is strictly R18 ONLY. 

What can’t I bring in?

What  can’t I bring in?  

Alcohol – Obviously no. But there’s plenty inside. 

Food – Again, no, unless for an infant, or special dietary requirements.  

Folding Chairs – We’d rather not, unless they are small and discrete ones please. There is seating inside. 

Bean Bags – No, really rather you didn’t.   

Umbrellas – Sort of. We are lucky enough to have the only stadium in NZ with a roof.  Umbrellas are not allowed into the venue, but if the weathers pretty average outside, then they can be dropped at gate entry into the bins provided, at the owners own risk.   

Glass bottles (including perfume/ after shave/ etc). Sorry, but no. These will be disposed of, so please apply before leaving home. 

Cameras’. Yes, your standard camera’s all good. But no professional gear without prior arrangement please. 

Can you tell me more about the digital wristband system? Can I top up my band early? 

The DCBFF is a cashless environment for your convenience. 

You’ll get an easy-to-use electronic wristband upon arrival that you can top up with credit throughout the day. You can top up with either cash or EFTPOS and all it takes to transfer credit on or off your wristband is you holding your wristband under the machine, easy as.  

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. Why? Read on… 

 

Why is there a $3.50 one off activation fee?

The festival is charged a one-off activation fee for each wristband upon the first top up. This is standard practice at most events using this or similar technology. It pays for the development and provision of the technology at the event. 

When do I get my wristband and where can I top up it up at the event?

You get your digital wristband as you enter the stadium. From there you can use cash or EFTPOS to top it up at the Top Up Bank located at Gate E, or with a mobile top up person who will be floating around the festival site in blue high vis tops. 

 

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top-up your wristband. 

When do the Top Up Banks Close?

Top Up will finish ONE hour prior to the close of the Festival.   

So 9pm on the Friday and 6pm on the Saturday.  

You will still be able to get a last-minute top up from the mobile top up personnel in the blue Hi-Viz tops. They can help you out until 9.30pm Friday and 6.30pm Saturday.  

What are the minimum & maximum limits for topping up?

The sky is the limit! From $1 to $1000, topping up is 100% flexible to give you exactly what you want!And what you don’t spend you can get re-credited, or donate to our Festival Charity.

If I don’t use all my digital wristband credit, how and where can I get a refund?

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 day of the event at the Gate E 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)  
  • Or, alternatively, you can donate your remaining credit to our Festival Charity as you exit the festival.  Representatives will be present to assist you! 

 

We won’t be able to issue any refunds at the OUSA office. It’s far easier and convenient to do it online! Just make sure you don’t throw your band away, you will need the unique code written on the back. 

Can I take any beers away with me?

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

Why can I not just buy a pint? What’s with the tasting glasses?

This event is first and foremost more about beer tastingthan beer drinking. With so many excellent breweries offering their wares, we recommend you branch out and try a whole spectrum of different beers! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout your stay as well. 

How many alcoholic drinks may I buy per vendor service?

As many as the stall’s duty manager feels safe/suitable to serve you with.   

We may limit the number of drinks per person per transaction if we felt he need to at any point during the Festival.  

What sizes are the lines on the cup?

The first line is 75ml is a taster measure, 100ml for wine pours150ml for HALF pour and finally the 330ml is for FULL pours. 

I lost my festival cup. Can I get another?

OoopsYou can purchase a new cup for $3 from the info tent.Phew. 

What will be available to drink other than beer?

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

This includes numerous wine and cider options, a cheeky gin or possible moonshine, and then of course the many free water stations scattered throughout the festival, as well as juice and soft drinks if you’re not drinking alcohol on the day, or just need a breather.  

We also hope that we will have a coffee cart onsite on both Friday and Saturday.  But all still TBC whilst we work through applications to this year’s Festival. 

What time do you stop serving alcohol? 

Last drinks are poured at 9.30pm on Friday and 6:30pm on Saturday. We’ll notify you on the PA system in advance, so make sure you’ve sampled everything you want to prior to this time.

Will you have any special beers I can’t buy at my local store?

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. 

What is the festival beer and who made it?

The festival beer is the previous year’s Homebrew Competition.  

The 2020 winning entry was an Apricot Gose, submitted by Ben Dagg. You’ll have the chance to sample the flavours and tones of this brew for yourself at this year’s festival, as Ben has won the chance to brew it on commercial brewing equipment alongside our great mates down at Emerson’s. Cheers Ben for providing the official Festival Brew for the 2021 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival!  

Where can I get water?

There are 6 free water stations scattered throughout the festival site.

So, we encourage you to swill your Festival cup out, and then refill with bountiful freshwater.  Keep hydrated and enjoy the day. 

Is there food for vegetarians? What about gluten free?

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 Website which stalls have vegetarian fare and/or gluten free, or other dietary goodies. 

Where can I find non-alcoholic stalls?

Our Festival website. We’ll update once we have locked all our 2021 vendors in. 

What bands are playing this year?
Have you got a waste strategy?

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

Please help us with this by using the right bins! If you don’t want to keep your festival glass at the end of the day, just pop it in the labelled bin and they will be sent back to Globelet to grind down and reuse!  

Is smoking/ vaping permitted?

Smoking and Vaping is only permitted within the designated smoking/vaping areas Gate C (check out the site map on the Festival Website for location). 

What about parking?

There are some parks available directly behind the stadium (very limited on the Friday as this is leased parking). Or around Logan Park. Either way we recommend coming early to find the best spots around the Logan Park area or beside the harbour. First in, first served though.

I want to make sure I get home safe, can you help me?

There will be plenty of taxis available to take you home safely. These will be located outside of Gate C/D area.

How can I advertise on the Festival Website

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

Flick them an email at tim@planetmedia.co.nz 

How do I have a stall at the festival?

Expression of interest from Beverage and/or Food are open from Monday 28th June until Friday 30th July. Interested vendors need to head to https://dunedinbeerfest.co.nz/vendors/ and to click on the “apply now” button to follow the application process. 

How long does the festival go for?

The festival runs for the following times: 
Friday 29th October: 3pm – 10pm 
Saturday 30th October: 12pm – 7pm 

I’ve lost my jacket, do you have a lost and found area?

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, or other personal items 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.  

I see there is a free kids area?

Yes, there will be a kid’s area (Check out the site map on the Festival Website for location). 

Please bear in mind this is not a crèche, but an area with some child friendly focused activities.  Please note – the kid’s zone will be open on Saturday only.  

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