Froth on! GABF returns

January 9, 2020 BY

Event organisers Kieran Blood and Michael Ward with Cr Bruce Harwood at Johnstone Park.

Beer connoisseurs are set to sample some of the region’s finest brews next weekend for Geelong’s eighth Great Australian Beer Festival.

Each year the festival attracts about 5,000 people, with this year’s instalment to be hosted at Johnstone Park for the first time.

The event featured 37 Australian breweries, including 12 from the Geelong region, in 2019.

More than 200 beers and ciders will be on offer in the picturesque park, along with a range of interactive seminars and workshops to promote understanding and appreciation of craft beer.

Festival director Kieran Blood said Johnstone Park was the ideal location for the festival.

“We are so pleased to have this magnificent park and cultural icon entrusted to us for our eighth annual festival.

“The magnificent library and historical museum and town hall make for a great backdrop, and the central proximity to the railway station is most convenient for our patrons.

“While brewers will be attending from around the country, a real highlight for us is creating an event that showcases our local regional brewers to a wider audience.

“This is a unique region with breweries located in urban, coastal, rural and rainforest areas and the festival is the only event where visitors can sample all of them in the one place.”

Johnstone Park will also be alive with music throughout the day, featuring national and local musicians, a piano bar and roving cabaret performers creating a distinct festival atmosphere.

The festival will be held on January 18 from 1-8pm. For more information, head to


Would you like to attend this year’s Great Australian Beer Festival? We have four double passes to give away. To enter, email [email protected] with your full name and number, as well as the subject line “GABF giveaway”. Entries close at 5pm on January 15, and winners will be announced on January 16.