Beer fest success despite rain and relocation

A group of patrons compete during the stein-holding contest at the Wanaka Beer Festival on Saturday.

A rain-lashed Wanaka and last-minute venue change did not spoil the party for about 1500 revellers at the annual event.

Organisers were forced to change the venue last week from its Ballantyne Rd site to Three Parks because of the inclement weather.

The event offered a dozen beer stalls alongside wine, cocktail and food vendors.

Live music and a variety of activities provided a vibrant atmosphere throughout the day.

Organiser James Hay said there had been a positive reception from patrons despite occasional rain throughout the day.

"We’ve got plenty of undercover areas ... and it’s not cold, it’s just a bit of rain."

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