Australia’s longest running beer festival – Beer Fest – has announced they’re back in Melbourne next month, with the festival kicking off on February 29th at Catani Gardens, St Kilda. 

The festival is aimed at beer, cider, wine and spirit lovers, with over 50 craft brewers, cider makers, wine makers and distillers, including St Andrews Beach and Darraweit Cider offering their craft brews and ‘other one-off unique creations’.

The family friendly event includes entertainment for everyone with comedy acts including Danielle Walker, Luke Mcgregor and more, as well as roving entertainment and live music. Headlining the festival entertainment will be ARIA-award winning band Art vs Science who have partnered with BeerFest, Burnley Brewing and CryerMalt for a one-off beer which will be sold on-site during BeerFest.

The festival is a great chance to taste new brews, but attendees will also have the chance to learn about beer and the art of brewing through masterclasses and tastings lead by industry leaders.  Festival goers can also check out sessions including ‘Beer Sensory and Evaluation’ with Cicerone certified team members, ‘Discover the Art of Brewing’ with BrewArt and loads more.

While Beer is obviously the headliner, Foodies are also welcome, with vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available. Foodies can also check out the Perfect Match: Food + Beer Pairing’ session with Bright Brewing Co.  to find out what to pair their meals with next time.

If your birthday is Feb 29th you’ll get free entry and a free gift from the Melbourne BeerFest team when you present you ID. If your birthday falls on any other day you can grab a ticket for just $37 from with a reusable and dishwasher-safe BeerFest Festival cup also included in your ticket price.