As many of you know, I love to travel and will be heading to both Washington, D.C. for the Craft Brewers Conference that ends on Friday, and then it's on and poppin' in New York to check out some of their awesome beer bars and breweries (got any suggestions?). However, a group of beer lovers let me know that they will be in New Zealand for a couple of weeks and I wanted to let them know that an awesome beer festival called MarchFest is going down on April 6th. I also have some super cool folks who live there not too far from Nelson where it is held, so hey, I try to keep it international and want to return the love for them following my blog and Twitter! So if you are lucky enough to be in the incredible island country, sip one of many for me and let me know how it goes! The official info is below.
New Zealand's sixth annual MarchFest is coming April 6th!
With the start of spring, Oktoberfest still seems painfully far away; however, beer lovers do not need to wait as it's actually autumn in New Zealand! To celebrate the hop harvest, the sixth annual MarchFest, taking place this April 6, 2013, welcomes hops connoisseurs to drink local craft beers and have fun in Nelson, New Zealand's sole hop growing region.
A one-of-a-kind event and recent winner of the People’s Choice Category for ‘Best Beer Event’ by readers of Australia’s Beer and Brewer Magazine, MarchFest showcases craft beers, regional cuisine and eclectic music held at Founders Heritage Park in Nelson, New Zealand. Nelson is known to be the craft beer capital of New Zealand with more craft breweries per head than anywhere else in the country.
15 regional craft breweries will create new pint blends for the occasion. Some of the specialties include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Sprig & Fern’s ‘Oceana Ale’;
· Totara’s ‘Gold Rush’ lager;
· ‘Mint Lager’ from Lighthouse;
· Mussel Inn’s porter ‘Love Mussel’;
· Golden Bear’s ‘Crowd Pleaser’ lager;
· First-time MarchFest participation, Dales Brewing Co.’s ‘Extra Special Bitter’ ale;
· 8Wired, making a return to MarchFest, with ‘Rastafari Stout.’
A beer and food matching lunch kicks off the afternoon gearing guests up for the day. With local, national and international music, craft beers, wine, fare and activities for the whole family, the sixth annual MarchFest is an ideal event for all. For additional information and tickets, visit www.marchfest.com.