12,000 expected at beer festival

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 16:59 22/02/2013
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Kirk Hargreaves
CROWDS: Last year's festival attracted 11,000 people.

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Thousands are expected to gather in Hagley Park tomorrow to celebrate one of Kiwi's favourite alcoholic drinks - beer.

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival, which is in its second year running, will see over a 100 local, national and international brews on offer.

Sunshine and a high of 22degC is forecast for Saturday's event.

Earlier this week, more than 8000 tickets had been sold to the event. Last year 11,000 tickets were sold to the sell-out event.

Due to demand organisers have increased the site's capacity, doubling the number of toilets, to allow for up to 12,000 festival goers to attend this year.

More than 40 breweries, from craft brewers through to some of the country's biggest beer producers will be at the event.

But beer is not the only thing on offer.

There will be 30 gourmet food exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and beer and food matching, as well as live music.

Festival director Callam Mitchell said 30,000 litres of beer had been delivered in preparation for the event.

Gate sales to the festival are available on the day, as long as tickets have not sold out.

General admission for the festival is from 11.30am until 7pm.

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