well as 12+ brand new craft beers and ciders brewed especially for MarchFest,
organisers are pleased to announce that the live music includes UK punk poet John
Cooper Clarke and rising surf ‘n’ roll stars The Drab Doo

MarchFest takes place on March 24th 2012. All ticket and other
info is at

MarchFest is Nelson’s unique craft beer and music festival. Set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Park, the fifth MarchFest takes place on Saturday March 24th, 2012. MarchFest is completely weatherproof – all activity areas have the potential to be sheltered from sun, wind or rain. Festival facilities are geared to an attendance of at least 2,500 festivalgoers.

Craft Beers and Ciders – The Nelson region is not only New Zealand’s sole hop growing area – it also has more craft breweries per head of the population than anywhere else in the country. Unlike ordinary beer festivals, ALL the beers and ciders available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public! This year, all the new brews will have a special secret ingredient – the festival goer who guess the most correct ingredients will win a ‘fabulous prize’ !

But MarchFest is not just about beer:
Eclectic music – MarchFest 2012 will
feature acerbic wordsmith John Cooper Clarke (the Arctic Monkeys’ favourite
poet), Alabama 3 Acoustic and Unplugged
(famous for the song
“Woke Up This Morning” which plays over the opening credits of hit US TV series
‘The Sopranos’.) Also on the bill are rising Kiwi stars, The Drab Doo Riffs, DJ
Grant Smithies, The Immigrants and the Ukes of Hazard.

Regional cuisine – MarchFest is part of the Slow Food movement – an event for people who value savouring rather than consuming. Expect to see stalls selling anything from freshly caught scallops to locally reared venison, berry-based juices to real fruit ice cream, not to mention great coffee – Nelson is NZ Espresso Central.

Fine wines – local winery MarchFest sponsor Blackenbrook provide a fantastic range of fine wines to provide an alternative for festival goers not interested in craft beer.

Kids and family activities – MarchFest is also about creating an event where responsible drinking and good parenting go hand-in-hand. There will be heaps of cool stuff for kids to do – organised and managed by a youth activities specialist in conjunction with the Curator of Founders Park.

Sustainability – MarchFest is actively working towards being a Zero Waste Event. By supporting local brewers, cider makers & winegrowers, we reduce the event’s carbon footprint. We also use solar, wind and pedal power for various event activities! Welcome to MarchFest, Nelson and New Zealand’s beer flavoured festival – a celebration of music, food, fun and of course, proper beer.

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