The Gold Coast, with its enviable combination of good weather and beaches, already gives off festival vibes all year round. But the real kicker happens when you add beer to all of that goodness. Add vitamins B (beer) and C (cider) to the vitamin D you cop on the coast with the Crafted Beer and Cider Festival, on Saturday, October 6.
Taking place in Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach, the beer festival will unite 35 of Australia's top craft breweries, more than 150 different brews and some good food and live music to line your stomachs and ears. It's as good an excuse as any for a cheeky getaway to the Goldy.
Locals like Balter Brewing Company, Black Hops Brewing and Burleigh Brewing Co join up with visitors like Sydney's Akasha Brewing Company, Yulli's Brews and Young Henrys and Victoria's Bridge Road Brewers and Mornington Peninsula Brewery — and that's but a few of the many beer houses to be represented on the day. More of a cider person? Cheeky Tiki Apple Cider and Granite Belt Cider Co. are some of the cideries making the pilgrimage to the Coast.
Food-wise, your picks include Greek Street Kantina, Mac From Way Back, The Wiener Haus, SoCal Tacos and more. The music lineup is equally eclectic with punk-pop quartet RACKETT, hip hop band Bootleg Rascal and Canberra's indie rock band Young Monks all providing the soundtrack to your day. Also on the day's agenda is a classic stitch up from comedian Aaron 'Gocsy' Gocs, who'll also be hosting a ping pong competition and beer yoga, where you can perform a few downward dogs before you down your beer — it's all about balance, after all.
And, in even better news for your beer-loving palate and soul, you can win a pretty big prize bonanza: we've got two tickets to the festival up for grabs, along with $100 Crafted Cash to spend there, a night's accommodation and a Crafted Festival stubby cooler.
To enter, see below.