An acrimonious split that has resulted in two craft beer
festivals vying for punters in a two-week period has meant both
have been denied Dunedin City Council funding.
The Otago University Students' Association has missed out on
funding from the council's grants committee to help advertise
its October 4 Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival at Forsyth
OUSA general manager Darel Hall said the organisation had
asked for $30,000.
The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo at the Dunedin Railway Station,
run by Matthew Black of Brighton Holdings, also failed to
gain funding, committee chairwoman Cr Kate Wilson said. Both
events were left off the list of successful applicants when
the $380,000 annual funding round for premier and major
events in Dunedin was released this week.
The council said the aim of the fund was to develop Dunedin's
outstanding major and premier events, but also to encourage
smaller events to become larger.
The failure of the events to gain funding follows news in May
Brighton Holdings and the OUSA were at loggerheads after
running last year's Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival
The result was Mr Black organised his own festival, two
weeks earlier than the OUSA's version, and with a similar name
Each blamed the other for the falling-out, with Mr Hall
accusing Brighton Holdings Ltd of ''an ethically curious
approach to business''.
Mr Black said he had no choice but to set up his own event
after Mr Hall reneged on a 50-50 ownership deal for last
Cr Wilson said yesterday the committee had decided it did not
have certainty about the events.
Two events so close ''didn't make much sense to us'', and the
committee was not sure the applicants had the ability to do
Mr Hall said the $30,000 was to have been used for
advertising to attract people from outside Dunedin.
He said ''intentional confusion'' created by having another
festival had not helped.
''I'm not sure what the council's issue is,'' Mr Hall said.
The OUSA had a history of running large events like
Orientation, information that was included in the funding
''We strategically need to have an event of this size that is
clearly a town-gown event, so we're going to make it the best
event that it can be.
Mr Hall said the festival would continue without the funding.
Mr Black was overseas, and could not be contacted yesterday.