Something big is brewing at Marchfest

Tickets sales surge for Nelson beer festival

Last updated 13:00 14/02/2014
HERE FOR THE BEER: MarchFest 2013 organiser Eelco Boswijk, right, pours a beer for Ken Page during last year’s event.

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Ticket sales for Nelson's MarchFest are 20 per cent up on last year, say the event's organisers.

MarchFest fans are coming from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and as far away as Australia, the United States and France. Last year's event sold out.

This year 16 brewers in the top of the south have been allocated a different hop variety from NZHops and have to come up with unique and tasty beers for festival goers to enjoy.

The festival will see the return of the gourmet beer and food matching lunch in which a selection of special MarchFest festival beers will be matched with five dishes prepared by caterers Blinc Catering. Geoff Griggs, beer columnist for the Marlborough Express, will work with chef Lincoln Womersley to create the food and beer pairings and will provide a commentary throughout the lunch to educate and entertain.

The event is also billed as showcasing local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine, as well as its "event genre mash-up" insistence on being a craft beer festival, an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out.

MarchFest is held at Founders Heritage Park and the earlybird $29 ticket price ends on February 22, then it will cost $39, online sales at

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