tastes and good sense were toasted in Dunedin last night.
The 2014 Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival was launched
with a smorgasbord of Otago produce and a message that less
can be more.
''The New Zealand drinking culture needs to change and this
is a way to educate people about making wise decisions about
alcohol,'' Otago University Students' Association president
Ruby Sycamore-Smith said.
''Events like this help people to make informed decisions.''
Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull said craft beer and food festivals
were ''near the top of my invitation list''.
''I'm delighted this event is returning. It brings students
together with the rest of the community and has been a huge
success,'' he said.
''It is about quality tastings and a quality experience,
rather than about excessive drinking.''
OUSA events manager Dan Hendra said more than 50 New Zealand
breweries would showcase their products, complemented by some
of the finest local food in Otago.
The festival, on October 4, would give people the opportunity
to learn about the production of craft beer and experiment
with local gourmet food.
In a bid to avoid teething problems experienced at the
inaugural festival last year, the event had been moved to the
Forsyth Barr Stadium pitch, to provide a more family-friendly
picnic area, Mr Hendra said.
A line-up of local and national bands will be announced later
Tickets go on sale from today.