Otago University Students' Association communications
co-ordinator Alasdair Johnston (left) and Matt Black, of
Brighton Holdings, take a break while gearing up for
today's Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival at Forsyth
Barr Stadium. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The organisers of today's inaugural Dunedin Craft Beer
and Food Festival are confident it will be a success and expect
a crowd of about 2500.
More than 100 beverages will be on offer at the event, being
run by Otago University Students' Association (OUSA), at
Forsyth Barr Stadium. OUSA communications co-ordinator
Alasdair Johnston, who was at the stadium yesterday helping
set up, said everything had gone to plan and he was confident
it would become and annual event.
The organisers had prepared for cool weather by getting in
extra heaters and the fact it was under the stadium roof
would protect people from the elements, Mr Johnston said.
About 2000 tickets had been sold, and when last minute and
gate sales were included, about 2500 were expected.
OUSA president Francisco Hernandez said the event had a
special focus on local producers.
''We saw that Dunedin had this gap when it came to
celebrating its food and brewing heritage and thought we'd
make it happen and get Dunedin residents and students out
enjoying what the region has to offer,'' Mr Hernandez said.
Auckland band Sola Rosa, along with a number of local acts,
were booked to play at the festival. The event runs from noon
to 7pm and door sales are available.