Nelson (NZ): Marchfest - 24 Mar 2018

A hip harvest hop festival

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The Nelson region is New Zealand’s sole hop growing area – and has always been in the vanguard of the emerging craft beer renaissance. Unlike most beer festivals, all the beers available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public.

Every year around 15 regional craft breweries sign up to produce a new beer for the event. These beers all make their world debut at MarchFest. Top of the South breweries include Dale's, Eddyline, Founders, Golden Bear, Hop Farm, Hop Federation, Lighthouse, McCashin’s, Moa, Mussel Inn, Renaissance, Sprig and Fern, Townshend’s and more..

Great live music is always a big feature of MarchFest. Feature artist for 2018 is Hollie Smith. Hollie Smith is one of New Zealand’s foremost jazz and soul musicians, having worked with numerous bands including Trinity Roots, Fat Freddy’s Drop and Detroit dance legend Recloos. Hollie’s movie soundtrack single 'Bathe in The River' topped the Kiwi charts to become one of the bigs in New Zealand history. Known as the ‘the reigning queen of Aotearoa soul’, her last album ‘Water or Gold’ sits squarely in jazz and soul realms, and yet, it’s also one her most daring, as she inches into new territory - rollicking rock and blues.

And unlike other beer festivals, MarchFest is not just about beer. It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as its ‘event genre mash-up’ insistence on being a craft beer festival, an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out. MarchFest is also about creating an event where responsible drinking and good parenting go hand-in-hand – so there will be heaps of cool stuff for kids to do.

Sitting at the top north-west corner of the South Island, Nelson is the sunniest region in New Zealand, and makes for an ideal holiday destination. With long golden beaches, rugged mountains and freshwaere are plenty of outdoor adventures to have.

WHEN: 12pm - 10pm, Saturday 24th March, 2018

WHERE: Founders Park, Nelson, New Zealand

COST: $35

BOOKINGS: Visit the Marchfest website (listed above) to purchase tickets. It is recommended to purchase tickets early.


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