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GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest 2019

Renowned as one of the world’s leading beer festivals, GABS brought together the best breweries from Australia and New Zealand for its 2019 tour.

This year’s GABS offered 170 unique craft beers and ciders made specifically for the event – kangaroo, donuts, hemp flour, sake, rum, gin, Tim Tams, popcorn, agave, and even edible green ants were just some of the more exotic ingredients found among the many ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’ brewed especially for the 2019 edition of GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest presented by Dan Murphy’s.

The GABS tour launched at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in the bustling South Bank precinct on Saturday, April 27, before moving on to the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne (May 17-19 ), Sydney Showground (June 1).

There’s still a final event to be held in ASB Showgrounds in Auckland (June 29).

Many breweries and cideries also set up interactive stands at the festival as part of the Dan Murphy’s Marketplace, providing attendees with the chance to chat with the team behind the products as they sample from their ranges of core and limited-release beers and ciders.

While beer and cider are the stars of the show, GABS is perhaps just as well known for putting on a spectacular event, complete with circus and sideshow performers, panel discussions with industry leaders, cooking demonstrations, whisky bars, beer hall games, their incredibly popular ‘house band’ The Ale Capones, and even a giant indoor Ferris wheel at the Melbourne and Sydney events.