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Great Australian Beer Festival

Big changes for 6th annual event!

Geelong’s Great Australian Beer Festival (GABF) celebrates its 6th anniversary with a number of exciting changes when it returns to the Geelong Racecourse on February 17. Inspired by the fast-growing craft brewing industry, GABF begun in 2013 as a celebration of mostly local and state-wide breweries. Today the festival attracts over 5000 beer lovers and has brewers attending from all over the country.

While the event is primarily a massive alfresco beer tasting and appreciation event, it’s also a live music feast running from noon to 8pm. A third stage is being added in 2017 and will feature nationally recognized performers including Russell Morris, Saskwatch, Vaudeville Smash, Fat Picnic and  The Go Set with around 20+ live acts.

Other changes for the festival include a designated Piano Bar and 18th Amendment Beer Cocktail section. A number of Reserved Table options have been added and keg rolling competition has been expanded to a crowd inclusive Wacky Race Meet, held out on the racing track, where festival goers can participate in a variety of themed races.

GABF’s not only a smorgasbord of 200+ beers and ciders, it’s an experience designed to stimulate more than just tastebuds. There will be a series of interactive seminars hosted by industry experts with beer lovers having the opportunity to meet and mingle with the brains behind the brands. There will be constant live entertainment including beer cabaret and carnival DJs together with a selection of fine food trucks and heaps of BBQs with a focus on slow cooked meats.

GABF is designed to appeal to more than just beer lovers and is a colourful, social and family-friendly event.

Earlier Event: 20 January
The Entrance - Cider Festival
Later Event: 23 February
Frothy Fridays - Yum Yum Tree Cafe