About 3500 people attended the inaugural Dunedin Craft Beer
and Food Festival at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
Brighton Holdings owner Matt Black, who ran the festival with
the Otago University Students' Association, said the
organisers were ''really happy'' with the attendance.
And if Saturday afternoon had been warmer, the crowd would
have been bigger, he said.
''We had strong sales pre-event but the walk-up crowd were
affected by the cold, especially after midday.''
The colder weather meant beer stalls intended for the car
park were set up with the other stalls in the ''warmer''
Otago Daily Times stand site.
Next year, the festival organisers would look at holding the
event in October.
They would use more of the grassed areas of the stadium, he
The upcoming Bledisloe Cup rugby match dictated the festival
could not encroach on to the grass this year.
Next year, international breweries would be invited as
stallholders, he said, ''to add an international flavour''.
There would also be more ''family orientated'' activities.
There were ''a few little little things to work on'' for next
Beer and food tokens needed to be made available faster, he
''They were waiting in lines a little longer than we would
have liked but we'll work on that and put in a fail-safe
People at the festival had given positive feedback on the
event and the stadium.
Those who attended were well-behaved and only one patron
needed medical assistance.
''They slipped over on the concrete and it wasn't due to