Event Info

EVENT INFORMATION

Sample the region’s best

The South West region is not only blessed with beautiful wines and picturesque beaches - they are also home to a ridiculously large number of award winning breweries.

The South West Craft Beer Festival is the perfect opportunity to sip and savour the best golden nectar the South West has to offer, from Mandurah all the way down to Denmark! The festival will showcase more than 120+ refreshing local brews, including an assortment of one-off and limited edition beers!

Brewers and beer lovers will gather together to sample these fine brews, along with enticing cuisine and groovy local beats. And for those who aren’t so beer-orientated, never fear, you’re not forgotten – there’s also a refreshing range of local wines and craft ciders to try out as well!

When and Where?

February 2020 – Stay tuned, date to be announced soon
11am–6pm
Signal Park, Busselton Foreshore

See location on Google Maps.

How much are tickets and where can I buy them?

EARLY BIRD TICKETS – Two tickets for just $30 + BF!

Regular tickets are $20 + BF per person.

Stay tuned for our 2020 ticket release!

What does my Ticket include?

  • 1:1 interaction with the largest range of South West craft breweries and cider houses, from Mandurah down the coast to Denmark!
  • FREE, reusable and dishwasher-safe South West Craft Beer Festival midi cup.
  • Sweet rockin’ tunes from the best DJ’s from the South West!
  • Access to the most delicious local bites in our Food Truck Zone!

How much is a craft beer at the festival?

You can fill your middy glass full of refreshing craft beer for just $6! Can’t decide which one to buy? Tastings at the beer & cider stalls are only $2 for 100ml.

How does the token system work?

When you arrive at the festival you can buy tokens which are our currency for beer and cider at the festival. The token sales tent will accept cash and card payment.

  • 1 x $2 token will get you a 100ml tasting of any beer at the brewery stalls
  • 2 x $2 tokens will get you a 100ml tasting of our special one-off brews in the Beer Hall
  • 3 x $2 tokens will fill your middy glass with a brew of your choice
  • 4 x $2 tokens will get you a can

What are the Festival times?

You can arrive and leave the festival at any time that you please, but keep in mind that due to liquor licensing laws we have a “no pass out policy” so we cannot allow punters to come back into the festival after they have left.

Festival times are as below:

  • Gates Open – 10:30 am
  • Festival Begins – 11:00 am
  • Last Token Sales – 5:30 pm
  • Last Drinks – 5:45 pm
  • Gates Close – 6:00 pm

Parking

If you’ve been appointed skipper for the day, we have ample free parking available in the Busselton township. And don’t forget – don’t drink and drive.

Transport

Can’t find a mate to drive you to the festival?  Take the stress out of the day and let Gannaways give you a lift instead! They will have buses running to and from Margaret River, Bunbury, Dunsborough and Yallingup! The bus timetable will be released in conjunction with our 2020 ticket sale launch, so stay tuned! Bookings are essential.

Accommodation

Summer weekends are a busy time in the South West, so we recommend booking a place to stay in advance!

We recommend staying at Abbey Beach Resort in Busselton if you want to be central to most activities in the South West Region.

Alternatively, stay closer to the festival in Margaret River amongst the wineries and surf. To view and book accommodation options in Margaret River simply head to the Your Margaret River Region website. Alternatively, contact one of Margaret River Busselton Tourism Associations reservations specialists on +61 8 9780 5911 or welcome@margaretriver.com.

Other attractions in the South West Region

There is something to do and see for everyone in the South West. Simply head to the Your Margaret River Region website for an extensive list of things to do and see, or contact the Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association for a personalised information and booking service. Their friendly staff know the region intimately and can help you create an unforgettable South West experience.

Contact them on +61 8 9780 5911 or welcome@margaretriver.com.

Smoking Policy

The South West Craft Beer Festival is a non-smoking festival.

Intoxicated Guests

  • We want you to have fun and enjoy the best brews of the South West, but we ask that you please do so responsibly for your sake and all of those around you.
  • We expect all festival guests to drink responsibly and ensure they have a safe means of transport before leaving the festival.
  • Any guest who is intoxicated before entering the event may be denied entry into the festival, regardless of whether a ticket has been prior purchased.
  • Any guest who is found intoxicated within the event and is seen to be causing a disturbance, as determined by on-site security, will be asked to leave the site without refund.

Prohibited Goods

Prohibited items include, but are not limited to:

  • Outside alcohol, beverages and food.
  • Weapons (i.e. knives, glass, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons).
  • Illegal drugs.
  • Chemicals.
  • Fireworks, smoke bombs, etc.
  • Backpacks, suitcases and other large bags.
  • Skateboards, roller skates, use of roller shoes, etc.
  • Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.
  • Other items as determined by facility management.

Terms & Conditions of Entry

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item or may be ejected from the facility.
All bags, jackets, and guests may be subject to search upon entering the event.
Items which have varying policies include: cameras, video/audio recording equipment, and signs/ flags/ banners/ posters.

FAQS

How does the token system work?

Instead of cash and card, we use a token system for you to buy your brews and wine. You can buy tokens as the day goes by from our Token Sales Tent. Each token is valued at $2. Please note that food vendors will only accept cash and EFTpos for payment.

How much are drinks at the Festival?

It’s $6 (3 x $2 tokens) for a cold glass of South West craft beer. That’s right! $6.

Can I bring my kids?

The conditions of our liquor licence mean we are an 18+ event and children will not be allowed entry. The only exception to this would be young infants in the care of their parents and of the age 6 months or younger. So it’s a dream come true right? You could use a break… a fun day out without the kids! Book in your babysitter and have fun in the sun with lots of friends, yummy local food, local tunes and mouth-watering brews!

Will there be entertainment?

Yes, we will have party town DJ’s rocking their sweet tunes all festival long. So grab a brew and marvel at the musical talents hand-picked from the South West region. For more information, check out our 2019  music line-up to get an idea of what’s in stall for 2020!

Will there be food and non-alcoholic beverages available?

Yes, at the South West Craft Beer Festival will have the best local food trucks in the South West parked up to keep your lunchtime hunger at bay. Our food vendors will also be selling soft drink, juices and water. For more information about our 2019 line-up head to our food vendors page.  We will replicate a similar menu for the 2020 festival. 

What do I need to bring with me on the day of the Festival?

Please make sure you bring your ticket, either printed or displayed on your phone screen, and your ID, so we can scan you in fast, giving you more time to enjoy the festival! We recommend you slip, slop, slap for your day out in the glorious summer sunshine and bring a picnic blanket to create your very own chill zone.

How do I nominate for a South West Brewery, Band or Food Vendor to be a part of the Festival?

We welcome all of your suggestions, so please let us know by emailing your requests to us.

Can I bring my pet to the Festival?

As much as we love our four-legged friends, pets are not permitted at the festival due to health and safety regulations. If there is a medical need for bringing your pet along, please contact us to organise festival access in advance.

What is your Smoking Policy?

The South West Craft Beer Festival is a non-smoking festival.

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