What is MarchFest?
Set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park, MarchFest is Nelson’s hip harvest hop festival celebrating craft beers, local fine wines, regional cuisine and eclectic music. MarchFest is quite different to a simple beer festival, adding these important extra local ingredients:

Craft Beers & Ciders
Nelson has more craft breweries per head of the population than anywhere else in the country - 16.6% of New Zealand’s breweries serving just 2.25% of the country’s population. At the 2013 Marchfest once again we will be commissioning brand
new craft beers from local breweries especially for MarchFest.

As usual, MarchFest will feature local, national and international acts, to create a high class musical backdrop to the event.

If beer is not your thing, MarchFest offers a superb range of local wines from our wine sponsor Blackenbrook Vineyards.

Expect to see stalls selling anything from freshly caught Nelson Scallops to locally reared venison, berry-based juices to real fruit icecream, not to mention great coffee - Nelson is NZ Espresso Central! Also, in a new initiative, look out for beer and food matching between unique MarchFest beers and and some of the best regional restaurants.

Kids and family activities
MarchFest is also about creating an event where responsible drinking and responsible parenting go hand-in-hand. There will be cool stuff for kids to do - organised and managed by an experienced activities specialist.

Clearly, our event encourages people to drink locally-produced beers, wines and food which automatically reduces our carbon footprint. We also encourage stallholders to provide recycled or recyclable materials and festival goers to arrive and depart by foot, bicycle or public transport. MarchFest is working to a long term Sustainability Plan which aims to make the event carbon-neutral and zero waste. MarchFest is geared towards people of discerning taste – people who make informed choices about their food, drink, musical taste and want to attend a family-friendly event, which is safe, fun and a bit different to the run-of-the-mill festival.

Cost: $29/$39

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