- Over 80 beers and ciders to try!
- Local Gourmet Food Stores!
- LIVE Entertainment!
- Entertainment throughout the day!
- Lots of Giveaways!
- Beer and Food matching!
- Beer Quiz!
- Meet the Brewers!
- Jumping Castle!
- Brewers Table Tennis Championship!
- Charity Auction!
Formerly known as The National Capital Craft Beer Festival it has been held successfully at the Schwartz Family Company owned Mercure Canberra (Formerly Olims Canberra) yearly, since 2008. SFC is committed to heritage, whilst paving the way for innovation in the Brewing industry. This is achieved by inviting the best Breweries to exhibit their wares in accommodating and picturesque surroundings.
Through ownership of ideal venues such as Mercure Canberra and The Fairmont Resort in Leura, Schwartz Family Company are able to continue their support of the craft beer industry, whilst endeavouring to improve and expand their own portfolio.
CCBF provides a great platform for beer enthusiasts and the whole family can enjoy the day, as there is indeed something for everyone.
The 2013 festival was held successfully on Saturday April 13 and a record crowd of 1750 enjoyed the day!
The 20 exhibitors on the day (also a record) all did well, with newcomers Matso's taking first place, followed by Little Creatures, Sydney Brewery, Two Elk Cider and Mudgee Brewing Co.
The Expression Sessions were all packed out, with the Salmon Seviche and Cider matching session, followed by Plonk's IPA and beer quiz and Sydney Brewery special 'Centennial Ale' and Curry session being a standout!
Local band Special K played some fabulous beats, much beer, cider and compatible food was consumed, while the crowd remained in good spirits and well behaved at all times.
Festival organisers Sydney Brewery did a great job in keeping everything bubbling along and the ground crew led by Jenny Farrell and her son Guy were tireless a usual.
The Raffle raised much needed funds for ACT Rural Fire Service and Matilda Bay, Samuel Smith and Coopers kindly donated all their ticket proceeds. Of course, Dr Jerry Schwartz made his usual charitable contribution, as he does at each Festival
The Mercure management did an excellent job in providing and staffing the food stalls and special mention goes to GM Scott James for his efforts.
All in all, an outstanding day and new exhibitors (particularly new ciders) combined well with the more experienced exhibitors, creating a great canvas for the Australian Craft Brewing industry.
We are sure punters and exhibitors alike will all be back in 2014 and as experienced this year, enjoy a great chance to rub shoulders with the who's who of brews!