Bridie Macdonald | 04 September 2018

ABOUT THE WRITER: Bridie Macdonald is a Brisbane based media, communications and public relations student who loves all things travel, art, music and nightlife. She is a self-proclaimed dog-person, foodie and bookworm. You can follow her adventures @bridiemacdonald.

Get ready for a truly beer-tiful experience filled with brews, music and fantastic food at the Gold Coasts largest beer and cider festival.

Crafted Beer and Cider Festival will be returning to Broadbeach for a second year, once again shining a beacon on local brewers from the Gold Coast, South East Queensland as well as interstate and international breweries. This day-long feast for the senses takes over Kurrawa Park in a daze of deliciousness and excitement on Saturday October 6.

The festival will have no shortage of entertainment with Sydney’s Bootleg Rascal, who are no strangers to a festival stage and will be sure to get everyone up and moving with their chill-hop infused jams and infectious rhythms. Gold Coast locals Peach Fur dish up a mix of alternative and psych rock to keep crowds dancing well into the afternoon. They join an already impressive host of artists including Young Monks, San Mei, Rackett and Inigo as well as DJ sets from Beatniks Records

The festival has now expanded with additional breweries brand new to the event, cocktails, a pop-up spritz bar, cheese platters, with a side of giggles. For the first time, Crafted Festival welcomes The Cambus Wallace mixologists to whip up a frenzy of cocktails whiskey drinks for those seeking something a little more fancy. You'll also find a Chandon S Spritz Pop-Up serving your favourite sparkling and hand-crafted orange bitters with a refreshing, unexpected twist!

The man, the legend, comedian Aaron 'Gocsy' Gocs is hitting the Crafted Festival for a classic Aussie stitch up and to provide some beer induced giggles. The comedy mastermind will also host a ping pong tournament and a brand new activity for Crafted Festival, Beer Yoga. Proving downward dogs and sun salutations are way more fun with a brew nearby, this afternoon activity will have everyone saying 'Namaste and have another drink.'

Good beer needs good beer-food. Right? The hardest part will be the decision of what to wash that tasting paddle down with. Punters can chomp their way through a huge selection of the best food trucks and gourmet treats from arancini balls to low and slow barbeque, pulled pork tacos and even delicious doughnuts for dessert. Plus there are some brie-lliant cheese dishes on offer from connoisseurs Abbiocco Pronto.

The full timetable for activities on the day will be announced very soon. With early bird tickets already sold out, final release tickets are now on sale and moving fast. Those with high 'hops' of getting a ticket are encouraged to get in early. This final lineup is now 'lager' than life.

What: Crafted Beer and Cider Festival
When: 12pm - 8.30pm, Saturday October 6
Where: Kurrawa Park, Gold Coast
Tickets: Available for $32 + BF here

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