A crafty new festival for the Gold Coast

July 26, 2022
By Ioni Doherty

Operators of the much-loved Canberra Beer & Cider Festival (pictured above) and the Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival are heading north to the glittering Gold Coast for the inaugural Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival to be held on Saturday, 22 October.

The festival will be staged in the Broadwater Parklands from 11.00am-5.00pm, with over 40 premium craft beer and cider producers and five distilleries scheduled to showcase their wares at the show..  

Organised by the Schwartz Family Company, tickets will cost $20 per person for online pre-Festival bookings or $30 per person on the day, giving access to a wide range of premium local & interstate craft breweries, gourmet food vendors, live music, and other festival activities. Individual tastings will be from $2 per 100ml tasting.  

As with all Schwartz Festivals, the family-friendly atmosphere will include free activities for children and children under 18 years old are free of charge. 

Jenny Farrell from the Schwartz Family Group said that with the Gold Coast’s climate and the growth in local craft brewers, it is the perfect time to launch the inaugural event. 

“After the last two years, this new festival will provide a golden opportunity to celebrate the Gold Coast’s reputation for hospitality,” said Ms Farrell.  

“We have seen the positive reaction to both our Canberra and Hunter Valley events, with the relaxed, friendly and sophisticated environment, and this is what we will deliver on the Gold Coast.  

“The craft beer sector has matured rapidly in recent years with an emphasis on distinctive, fresh and innovative brews with real character. And the characters behind the brews will be available throughout the festival to share their stories and provide tastings across their product ranges.”

Special Festival accommodation packages: 

The Schwartz Family Company has partnered the Hilton Surfers Paradise and Paradise Resort Gold Coast to offer some special accommodation and festival packages including accommodation, breakfast, festival tickets and a 4 pack of Sydney Brewery craft beer at its Gold Coast hotels. Both are within easy access of Broadwater Parklands. Rates start from $445 (per room, per night) at Hilton Surfers Paradise and from $199 at Paradise Resort Gold Coast. Conditions apply. 

The Gold Coast Beer & Cider Festival: From 11.00am-5.00pm on Saturday, 22 October at Broadwater Parklands. Visit her for more information.

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