The Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is making a comeback on Saturday 16 March, marking the 17th edition of the popular event.

The annual street-style festival, taking place at the heritage Mercure Canberra in Braddon, will showcase more than 40 local and interstate drinks exhibitors, offering up 250 craft beers, ciders and spirits for visitors to choose from.

Well-renowned Australian producers including Coastal Brewing Company, Sydney Brewery, Mountain Goat, Bucketty’s Brewing Co, Thirsty Devil Brewery and Ambrosia Distillery will hold drinks stands, alongside many others.

This year’s food offering will include a variety of stands with dishes such as BBQ meat, nachos, burgers, fish and chips, and more.

Accompanying the food and drink offering will be live entertainment from local bands, and a local DJ playing into the afternoon. As a family friendly environment, entry for children under 12 will be free, with face painting and jumping castle activations on site.

Included in this year’s early ticket purchases is one free drink, as well as automatic entry into a draw to win a trip for two to GABS Sydney 2024, including two nights’ accommodation, entrance to all three sessions and $200 spending money.

The festival will take place on the same day as the opening home game of the NRL season, and Canberra’s first Skyfire show following a five-year hiatus. On the day, a special event shuttle bus will run from the festival to the firework event at five dollars per person.

Canberra Craft Beer & Cider Festival is now powered collaboratively by the teams behind the GABS festivals, the Finer Drop Festival and the Hunter Valley Wine & Beer Festival.

Tickets are available now, with prices starting at $33.

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