It’s set to be the biggest event yet for Launceston BeerFest.
Organiser James Harding said everything was looking great ahead of the festival on New Year’s Eve.
“Ticket sales are absolutely flying, so we’re set for the biggest one we’ve had,” he said.
“We’re looking to sell out of VIP tickets, second release tickets are about to be sold out.”
Mr Harding said the family-friendly event would have something for all ages.
“4pm to 9pm will be predominately family based with lots of kids activities. Then, the adults will come through and it’ll be a really big celebration to bring in the New Year.
“There’s going to be something for everyone. We’ve got lots of wineries on show as well, gourmet food stalls catering for all dietary requirements, and lots of craft beer and cider.
“There’s nowhere else you’d want to be for New Year’s Eve.”
About 7000 people are expected to attend the festival.
Tourism Industry Council Tasmania chief executive Luke Martin said the popularity of BeerFest showed the state’s brewers were doing something special.
“What’s really impressive is the number of people from interstate who will come to BeerFest this year,” he said.
Mr Martin said it was important for the North to have these “fantastic showcase events" throughout the summer to encourage visitors to spend time in the region.
“It’s a big cheers to Tassie brewers who have worked hard to offer something uniquely Tasmanian for thirsty visitors,” he said.
New beer stalls at the event include Launceston’s Tandy’s Alehouse, and interstate brewers Outback Brewing Co from Perth and The Ginger Kid from Victoria.
Outback Brewing Co’s Adam Watts said he was excited to bring their Strawberry Milkshake IPA to Launceston crowds after it proved popular with BeerFest punters on the mainland.
Josh Roberts from Buttons Brewing said they would be launching a brand-new brown ale at the festival.
Mr Harding said a number of tickets would be available on the gate for those unable to purchase tickets online.
- WHAT: BeerFest
- WHEN: December 31, from 4pm to 12.30am
- WHERE: Launceston’s Royal Park
- INFO & TICKETS: launceston.beerfestivals.com.au