Uniquely Nelson


Where: Founders Heritage Park, 87 Atawhai Road, Nelson
When: Saturday March25th 2017
Time: 12:00 – 9:30pm
Standard Rate : $40.00 (and gate sales)

Under 18s free & must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

By purchasing a ticket you automatically agree with Marchfest Terms and Conditions


MarchFest is a unique craft beer and music festival, held in New Zealand’s sunniest city, Nelson, at the top of the South Island. Set in thebeautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park, the 9th MarchFest takes place on Saturday March 25th 2017.

The Nelson region is New Zealand’s sole hop growing area – and has more craft breweries per head of the population than anywhere else in the country.

Unlike ordinary beer festivals, all the beers available at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public.

Every year around 15 regional craft breweries sign up to produce a new beer for the event. These beers all make their world debut at Marchfest. Top of the South breweries include Dale’s, Dead Good Beer, Founders, Golden Bear, Hop Federation, Lighthouse, McCashin’s, Moa, Mussel Inn, Renaissance, Sprig and Fern, Totara, Townshend’s and more..

And unlike other beer festivals, MarchFest is not just about beer. It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices, regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as its ‘event genre mash-up’ insistence on being a craft beer festival, an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out. It’s hard to believe such a combination can work, but the thousands of people who attend each year are testimony that it does!

Great live music is always a big feature of Marchfest.  Headlining and set to draw the crowds will be the hugely popular, New Zealand band Tahuna Breaks.  Event goers will also enjoy the blues and 60s funk style sounds of The Nudge known equally for their music, as for their fondness of animal onesies.  Also performing at the 2017 event are popular local bands;

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.

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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