11 February 2022


Media Statement – Marchfest Craft Beer Festival cancelled due to ongoing Red Traffic light restrictions



The Marchfest Craft Beer Festival management team are extremely disappointed to announce that due to the ongoing red traffic light restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2022 Marchfest Festival, which was due to happen on 26th March 2022, at Founders Park in Nelson.


Festival Director, Lea Muirden says “This was a heart-breaking decision to have to make, especially as this is a long running festival and a highlight of the Nelson/Tasman events calendar, in the 15 years Marchfest has been running, this is the first time we have had to cancel. Advance ticket sales for the festival indicated that people were excited to get together and celebrate NZ Craft Beer, we were so excited about our line-up of breweries – 11 from the Top of the South and 4 invited from other NZ regions. However, with the festival being so close and the uncertainty around when large festivals can happen, it makes it difficult to plan ahead to ensure there is no further impact for our event, our Breweries, Sponsors, suppliers and our attendees and so we had to make the call now”


“The move to a red traffic light was devastating for the entire events industry. Our industry was the ‘first to stop and the last to restart’. After a difficult year in 2021, we had optimism about 2022, but this is almost the last straw”

The Festival Organising team will now start planning for the 2023 Festival, due to be held in Nelson on 4th March 2023 at Founders Park.



All tickets are automatically transferred to the 2023 date and ticket holders will have received an email with further information in regards to ticket refund options. Ticket Refund window is open until Monday 14th March (midnight)


Sadly we have also had to cancel the Beer + Food Matched Dinner, which was due to be held on Friday 25th March. Ticket options are the same as above.