What time does BeerFest 2018 start? Everything you need to know

BeerFest is back for 2018 and will be held on Saturday afternoon at Royal Park. 

Gates open at 2pm, with the event expected to wrap up about 10pm. 

Tickets cost $25 online and can be purchased until 5pm on Saturday.

Organiser James Harding said tickets will be available at the gate.

“Unless, of course, we sell out online prior to the festival opening. Gate sales will also be a few dollars more [and] pre sale purchases will also get you priority entry,” Mr Harding said. 


Live music will be happening each hour from 2.15pm. Brad Gillies, Luke Waylon Band, Ash Grunwald, Joycie, and Yolanda Be Cool, will perform before Kid Kenobi then Teddy Cream will take the stage at 8.30pm.   

Two comedy sessions, presented by Fresh Comedy, will also be held, one at 2.30pm and another at 4pm. Dave Thornton, from Spicks and Specks, will headline. 

Thornton will be joined on stage by Kerri Gay, Emergency Poncho, Ned Townsend and Dan Walker. The comedy will be hosted by Stewart Bell.


The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a max of 20 degrees, with a 50 per cent chance of a shower or two. 

The showers are most likely to occur in the afternoon and evening. 

However, the UV is expected to be very high during the early hours of the festival, so sunscreen is recommended until after 5pm. 


Beverage prices will range from $1 for tastings, to $8 for a 285ml cup.

Stallholders decide if they want to go take-aways, but will only be available until 6pm. 

Non-alcoholic drinks will available. 

There are also a number of stallholders selling cider and some with spirits. 


There will be a number of food stalls at the festival. Organisers are encouraging patrons to leave the lunch boxes at home and enjoy “the best food Tassie has to offer”.


Masterclasses will be presented about every 45 minutes from 2.30pm. 

At least five classes will be held through out the day. 


Whilst credit cards will be accepted at the front gate and some stalls, patrons are advised to bring cash. 

If you forget, or need more, ATMs will also be available on the site. 


Whilst the festival organisers say there will be plenty of seating available, those wishing to bring champing chairs and picnic blankets are welcome to. 


BeerFest does have a designated smoking area. It will be after the entry on the left-hand side of the site. 


BeerFest goers are encouraged to leave the car at home and travel to site via a taxi or buses. Mr Harding said people can be dropped off in the carpark. 

Things to remember: 

  • The event is family friendly. Entry is free for children under 17.
  • Passouts are available. 
  • Print tickets before arriving.
  • Free water stations will be scattered throughout the festival.
  • No pets.