Get hyped: The Ballarat Beer Festival forges ahead, splitting the event into two sessions

Get hyped: The Ballarat Beer Festival forges ahead, splitting the event into two sessions

Tickets are now on sale.

It’s almost impossible to pass up a beer festival at the best of times, but when there’s one only an hour’s drive away from you – offering up to 200 craft beers and ciders – attendance is essential.

That’s right beer lovers, the Ballarat Beer Festival is back for 2021 and they’ve revealed just how it’s going to look for the many keen punters keen to quench their thirst.

Returning for its tenth year (which is worthy of a beer itself), The Ballarat Beer Festival will return to the beautiful Northern Gardens on Saturday, February 20, turning the space into a craft beer lover’s paradise. Each year, the family-friendly festival is filled with almost 40 of Australia’s leading craft beer brewers, giving the crowds – and the craft beer enthusiasts – the chance to sample a tonne of delicious (and some quite adventurous) craft beers and ciders. That will all be the same, however, this year will see the event spilt into two sessions across the day.

As a way of forging ahead, but still adhering to capacity limits and COVID-guidelines, the first session will run from 12pm to 4pm, while the second session will run from 5pm to 9pm. Due to the current restrictions, there will be a limited number of tickets available, including a small number of all-day passes, making this an exclusive event!

Tickets are on sale now for less than $40, which includes festival entry, an official tasting glass, a lanyard to hold your beer and access to all the events and beers. The festival is cashless this year too, which means all you’ll need is your card.

As for what beers you can expect, past years have seen brews from locals like The Mallow Hotel, as well as well-known favourites from Forte territory Blackman’s Brewery, Bells Beach Brewing, Flying Brick Cider Co. and Daylesford Brewing Co. Other brewers come from right across Victoria, with past years seeing appearances from Bright Brewery, Bridge Road Brewers from Beechworth, and Jetty Road Brewery from Mornington Peninsula. Usually, the event also sees brewers coming from interstate so we’re hoping 2021 will deliver on that front too. Keep your eyes peeled for updates via the website as we edge closer to the event.

Mixed in with many of Australia’s finest large, small and emerging independent breweries, you’ll also find a dozen food stalls all serving up global culinary delights you can match with your favourite brews, as well as a pretty strong lineup of live music and free seminars for budding beer enthusiasts.

While we don’t have the finer details of the upcoming event, rest assured that with craft beer, ciders, fine wines, live music and food trucks – The Ballarat Beer Festival is the best way to spend a Saturday this summer.

So pencil February 20 in those 2021 diaries, purchase your tickets and keep your eyes peeled for more news from the Ballarat Beer Festival camp. You can buy tickets for the event here.

Check out the FB event here.