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Food, beer and cider festival 2017

Each year since 2012, the GABS Beer, Cider & Food Festival has set out to create an unforgettable and fun experience that shares a love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible.

In 2016 GABS attracted more than 32,000 people, so, what’s in store for Australasia’s premier beer festival this year?

More Festival Beers & Ciders.

A key point of difference to the GABS experience are the ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’, where leading brewers and cider makers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, create a unique beer or cider especially for the festival.

Served from distinctive 40ft shipping containers converted into bars, the Festival Beers & Ciders are hugely popular with event goers, and in fact many brews - such as Yeastie Boys’ Gunnamatta Tea Leaf IPA, La Sirene’s Praline Belgian Ale, Two Birds’ Taco, BrewCult’s Milk & Two Sugars Imperial Milk Stout and Big Shed Brewing’s Golden Stout Time - have gone on to enjoy great critical and commercial success following their launch at GABS.

While breweries are encouraged to be creative, some take it even further and last year’s Belly Button Beer from 7 cent Brewery and Robe Brewing’s Ambergris Ale, made essentially from sperm whale vomit even made global headlines.

In 2017, GABS is again looking to take the entertainment offering to new heights (literally). Atop the shipping container bars stages will be built for dramatic live performances. Think of costumed acrobatic artists atop sway poles circling nine metres above customers' heads, precision Taiko drummers booming from container to container, or perhaps an operatic duo reaching a soaring crescendo. Brief, incredibly high impact performances that will amaze the entire festival audience.

And then on the event floor, there will be a number of mini stages featuring solo circus performances interspersed between the container top acts. Again, awesome feats of skill that culminate in a ‘wow’ moment are the order of the day.

For discerning drinkers, both new and old, GABS has become a true celebration of craft beer and cider creativity and diversity, as well as the stories behind the products and the craft breweries. For some, it’s an introduction, for others a journey, and for all, it’s an incredibly fun festival experience.

GABS Melbourne, 19-21 May 2017 Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton

GABS Sydney, 27 May 2017 Sydney Showground, Olympic Park

GABS Auckland, 16-17 June 2017 ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane

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