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30-31 October, 2020 / Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival


2 Upcoming Events

New Zealand

2 Events


The Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival presented by LiquorLand, is back for 2020, so save the date for Fri October 30th & Saturday 31st October.

Due to unprecedented public demand in previous years, and a successful addition of a second day in 2019, the festival returns as a two-day event.

Hosted at the Forsyth Barr Stadium, the DCBFF will open on Friday 30th at 3PM and run until 10PM. Friday is a strictly R18 only event. The Saturday 31st October event remains the family friendly favourite from 12PM to 7PM.

One of the region’s most highly anticipated events, the festival will again showcase an impressive selection of food and craft beverages, entertainment, and general festival fun. Relax and enjoy the top-quality food and beer on offer, while enjoying some top kiwi sounds brought to you by Zed, Ladi6 and Don McGlashan, amongst others.

The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival originally began by celebrating the nation’s dynamic and ever-growing craft beer industry but has subsequently expanded to encompass a range of other craft beverages and a fine selection of food.

Coming in from out of town? Make time to explore Dunedin's amazing ‘back paddock’. Discover wild and unique landscapes, great wildlife, vibrant street art, a flourishing brewing and culinary scene, and some good old southern charm that is Dunedin.

Beerfest tickets get you entry into the Festival, a digital wristband, an official festival tasting glass and the official festival booklet

A cashless festival: loading, paying and topping up your wristband is super quick and easy. If you run dry, simply add funds with cash or eftpos at the top up station or with one of the many roaming AWOP staff.

Please note there is a one-off $3.50 activation fee when you first top up your wristband.

For more information about the festival, stallholders, the annual homebrew comp, and the entertainment line-up head to Sign up to the newsletter for all the latest breaking information!

The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is presented by LiquorLand and OUSA in association with NZME.


Yes! Mobility parking is in the SH88 carpark opposite Gate E entry. There are two disability toilets on the north concourse and two on the ODT slab.

Your ticket includes entry into the festival, a festival glass, a digital wristband, a festival booklet, as well as the opportunity to sample some of the best beer, wine, cider and food New Zealand has on offer! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!

It also gets you access to watching our stellar music line-up, look out for our announcement on June 30th!

Many people will arrive early to the festival, and a line to get into a beer festival is unfortunately inevitable. You can help to keep the lines flowing smoothly into the stadium by having your age ID and tickets ready. We aim to ensure logistics flow as seamlessly as possible!

The entry/exit point for the festival is Gate C at Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Alcohol – Obviously no. But there’s plenty inside

Food – Again, no, unless for infant, or special dietary requirements.

Folding Chairs – Ok then, but small ones only please.

Bean Bags – No, really rather you didn’t.

Umbrellas – Sort of. If the weather is not great, we do have the only stadium in NZ with a roof. Umbrellas are not allowed into the venue but can be dropped at gate entry into the bins provided at the individuals own risk.  

Glass bottles (including perfume/ after shave/ etc). Sorry, but no. These will be disposed of, so please apply before leaving home!

Yes! Even though children are free, everyone including infants will need a ticket to enter the festival, as this number affects our maximum capacity.

But remember Friday’s event is strictly R18.

The DCBFF is a cashless environment for your convenience.

You’ll get an easy to use electronic wristband upon arrival that you can top up with credit throughout the day. You can top up with either cash or eftpos and all it takes to transfer credit on or off your wristband is you holding your wristband under the machine, easy as.

Top Up will finish ONE hour prior to the close of the Festival. So 9pm on the Friday and 6pm on the Saturday. You will still be able to get a last minute top from the mobile top up personnel in the blue Hi-Viz tops. They can help you out until 9.30pm Friday, 6.30pm Saturday.

You get your electronic wristband as you enter the stadium.

From there you can use either cash or eftpos to top it up at the Top Up Bank located at Gate E, or with a mobile top up person who will be in blue high vis top.

There is a one off $3.50 activation fee when you top up for the first time.

This event is first and foremost more about beer tasting, rather than beer drinking. With so many excellent breweries offering their wares, we recommend you branch out and try a whole spectrum of different beers! Remember to drink plenty of water throughout your stay as well 😉

Nope! We don’t have an off-venue license, so anything purchased at the festival must be consumed at the festival.

The first line is 100ml for wine pours, second line is 150ml for HALF pour and third line at the top is 330ml for FULL pours.

As many as the stall’s duty manager feels safe/suitable to serve you with…  

EXCEPT we will only be able to sell a maximum of 2 drinks per person per transaction after 6pm on the Friday in accordance with our licence conditions.

We have a great range of alternatives to beer at our festival.  

This includes numerous wine and cider options, a cheeky gin or moonshine, and then of course the many free water stations  scattered throughout the festival, as well as juice and soft drinks if you’re not drinking alcohol on the day, or just need a breather. 

We also hope that we will have a coffee cart onsite on both Friday and Saturday.

Ooops. You can purchase a new cup for $3 from the merchandise tent. Phew.

Absolutely! That’s one of our main goals, and we promise to have lots of special beers at our festival that you can’t find on store shelves. Ask previous attendees and they’ll confirm that our brewers bring the goods for this event.

Last drinks are poured at 9.30pm on Friday and 6:30pm on Saturday. We’ll notify you on the PA system in advance, so make sure you’ve sampled everything you want to prior to this time.

The festival beer is decided by the previous year’s Homebrew Competition – the winner has the opportunity to brew the following year’s beer under the guidance from our friends at Emerson’s Brewery.   

The 2019 winning entry was a specialty cider, submitted by Travis Gibbon’s, under the moniker of ‘Cider 1’. 

You’ll have the chance to sample the flavours and tones for yourself at this year’s festival, as Travis has won the chance to brew it on commercial brewing equipment as the Festival Brew  for 2020 Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival!  

There are 6 free water stations scattered throughout the festival site. As we increase our efforts to make the Festival as sustainable as possible, we have removed all plastic water bottles this year.  

So, we encourage you to swill your Festival cup out, and then refill with bountiful freshwater.  Keep hydrated and enjoy the day.

Definitely! We have a range of vegetarian and gluten free options this year – have a look around! To make it  really easy  for you, we’ve indicated in the Food section of the Festival Booklet booklet which stalls have vegetarian fare and/or gluten free goodies.

Watch this space. We’ll update once we have locked all our 2020 vendors in.

The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is back with another stacked music line up, featuring New Zealand music legends ZedLadi6 & Don McGlashan.

Joined by Dunedin Sound and Flying Nun alumni Robert Scott (The Clean, The Bats) and emerging pop stars BEXY and JUDAH..

A dynamic stage line up to supplement the numerous vendor offerings, seminars and other soon to be released entertainment.

Yes! All vendors will be using compostable packaging products such as plates and utensils and all drink vendors will be pouring into the festival glass. Even the Festival Booklet is compostable. These measures, along with clearly labelled bins, and utilisation of the stadium’s robust recycling system, we hope to produce minimal waste.   

Please help us with this by using the right bins! If you don’t want to keep your festival glass at the end of the day, just pop it in the labelled bin and they will be sent back to  Globelet to grind down and reuse!  

Smoking and Vaping is only permitted within the two designated smoking/vaping areas: Gate E & Gate A/B (see festival map on the day for location).