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Beer, Cider/Wine & Festival Glasses

Where can I see what Beers will be on offer?

Click here for a list of all the Beers that will be at this years festival. You will also get a Festival Booklet, free when you arrive at the event. All Beers are listed, along with short and sweet tasting notes, style of Beer, and ABV’s.

Can I take any Beer away with me?

Nope! We do not hold an off-licence, so anything purchased at the festival must be consumed at the festival.

What will be available to drink other than Beer?

If Beer is not your jam, then we have a great range of alternatives. Visit the Blackenbrook Wine bar or Peckhams Cider is available at one end of the main bar. There will be FREE WATER all day at various stations around the event, plus on each Bar – we appreciate you being responsible with your alcoholic consumption! The smaller ‘Church’ Bar and also all food carts will have non-alcoholic drink options, plus there will be a coffee cart onsite.

What’s the deal with the Marchfest glasses?

On entry, all ticket holders over 18yrs will get an official Marchfest Souvenir glass, to use for all your drinks throughout the day. You can choose a beer OR a wine glass The pour lines on the beer glasses are; 200ml for a small pour and 425ml for a full pour. The pour line on the wine glass is; 150ml

How much do drinks cost?

80ml Taster | $12 (for a paddle of 5 x 80ml tasters – available at the Tasting bar only) 200ml Small | $6 425ml Full | $10 150ml Wine | $9

I’ve broken or lost my glass, can I get another?

Yes, but only if we have any left! They are $5 and can be purchased from the front entry.
Don’t forget to let one of the crew know if there is any broken glass that needs cleaning up.

What time do you stop serving alcohol?

9:30pm, so make sure you have sampled everything that you want to prior to that time. (Event finishes at 10pm)

Food, Coffee & Non-Alcoholic Options

Where can I get water?

There will be FREE WATER all day at various stations around the event, plus on each bar – we appreciate you being responsible with your alcoholic consumption!
Keep hydrated and enjoy your day.

What non-alcoholic drinks are available?

The small ‘church bar’ plus all food carts will have non-alcoholic drink options, plus there will be a coffee cart onsite.

I have dietary requirements, will there for food options for me?

Yes! Click here for the list of all our local food carts that will be there. We have listed those that cater to special dietary requirements.

Can I bring my own food?

Sorry no, please don’t bring any food or drink in with you. There are lots of yummy food and drink options available onsite. Security will be checking bags on entry. Please contact us prior to the event if you have any questions about this.

General Info

Where is the event?

Marchfest is held at Founders Heritage Park, Atawhai Drive. It takes approx. 20mins to walk to Founders from the centre of town (2.4km)

What hours is the event?

Gates open at 12pm and close at 10pm.

Where can I park and how else can I get there and home?

There is limited parking at Founders Park, along Atawhai Drive and neighbouring streets. Please be respectful to residents and don’t park over driveways. We offer the following safe transport options to get to/from the event: 1) A free courtesy van doing loops from Nelson i-Site (77 Trafalgar St) to Founders Park every half hour, starting from 11:30am at the i-Site. Last loop at 10pm. 2) From 6pm, Nelson Coachlines will offer free bus transfers into town, picking up out the front of Founders. 3) There will be plenty of taxis to take you home safely, the taxi stand is directly outside the windmill. Please ask our event crew if you need assistance with getting home safely.

Is there disability parking and toilets?

Yes there are disability parks in the Founders Park carpark, in front of the windmill. Our car parking attendants are there to assist. You will find 3 accessible toilets in the main toilet block outside the Energy Centre. Check your festival map for toilet locations.

Can I bring my children?

Yes! Marchfest is a family friendly event, under 18yr olds are free with a parent/guardian holding a valid entry ticket.

Is there a kids area?

Yes! The team from GK Events will be running the free Kids Zone, there will be lots of games and entertainment for kids of all ages. Plus there will be face painting available at an additional cost.
Please note: this is not a drop off zone, all children must be supervised.

Where can I breastfeed and are there baby change facilities?

You are welcome to breastfeed wherever you feel comfortable at the festival. There is baby change facilities in the disability toilets by the Granary.

What bands are playing?

Click here to see all the 2021 line up, it’s a good one!

Have you got a waste strategy?

Yes! We pride ourselves on being a zero-waste event. The team from Waste No More will be providing recycling and compost bins around the park. Please help us, to help the environment but utilising the correct recycling bins. If in doubt, please ask one of the friendly event crew.

Is smoking/vaping permitted?

All buildings and marquees within Founders Park are smoke free. Smoking and vaping is only permitted away from the crowds or outside the park.

What if I get injured whilst I’m there?

St Johns ambulance will be onsite all day, you will find them beside the windmill

I’ve lost my jacket, shoe, child, where can I find it?

Lost property (and lost children) during the event can be tracked down in the windmill. If you find something that’s not yours, please take it there. After the event, if you are missing something, please contact Founders Park on 03 548 2649

Is it still on if its raining?

Yes! You can still drink Beer and dance in the rain!

Can I bring a chair/picnic blanket?

You are welcome to bring a chair or blanket, in fact we encourage you to!

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, no pets. Only registered service dogs.

Is there an event photographer?

Yes, we will have Steve Hussey Photography there on the day to capture all the awesome event shots. Entry to the event automatically grants permission for the event photographer to take event photos which may appear in future marketing of the event. Photographic rights are retained by the Marchfest promoters.

What about COVID?

We will be following all event guidelines as provided by MOH. This includes contact tracing via your event ticket purchase, ensuring that bathrooms and high touch areas at the event are regularly cleaned, having hand sanitiser available at entry.
If you are unwell, or have been in contact with someone that has recently returned from overseas, please do not come along.
If you have more questions about COVID please contact the event crew.

Ticketing & Entry

Do I need to print my ticket?

No. Well you can if you want to! But just show the entry crew your ticket bar code on your phone and you are good to go! If you have a bunch of tickets, please make sure each person has their own ticket.

I can’t find my ticket, can you help?

It happens, please email the Marchfest crew here and we will resend it to you.

Do I need to bring ID with me?

Yes, on entry our event crew will ID check you if you look under 25. So please have your valid ID ready – drivers licence, 18+ card or current passport.
You will then be given a wristband to wear for the duration of the event. For more info about the Wayver wristbands click here.
Please don’t be offended if our crew also ID you at the bars, they are just doing their job!

What does my ticket include?

Your ticket includes entry to the festival, a festival glass, a festival programme and map, a day full of fun, entertainment and Beer sampling!

Do I need a ticket for my child?

Under 18yr olds do not require their own ticket and are free with a parent/guardian holding a valid entry ticket.
All under 18yrs old will be issued with a red wristband at entry (please note these wristbands cannot be used to purchase anything at the event)

How many people will be there?

Based on previous years, there will be approx. 3,000-3,500 Craft beer loving fans there on the day!

Will there be gate sale tickets?

Maybe, there is no guarantee! So, we recommend buying tickets now to avoid disappointment

Can I leave and come back later?

You sure can, just keep your wristband on.

Will there be a line to get in?

Depends on what time you arrive, but yes there likely will be. You can help us to keep the lines moving quickly by having your ID and ticket ready, and also have your bags ready for checking.
Our event crew will be working as hard as they can, we appreciate your patience!

How do I buy stuff?

Click here to read all about our cashless wristband system, Wayver.

What if I have old Marchfest tokens, from previous years?

Sorry, these are not valid for any purchases. ALL purchases must be made using your Wayver wristband

What can I/can’t I bring in?

Alcohol – Obviously, no. Theres plenty there. Food - No, unless required for any infant. Please chat to event staff prior to the day if you are unsure Chairs/Picnic Blankets – Yes for sure! But please be considerate of others around you. Umbrellas – It won’t rain, its Nelson! But if it does, yes you are welcome to bring your brolly. We take no responsibility for lost umbrellas.

Have questions? Check out the frequently asked questions under each category below.

Still have questions? Click here to email the Marchfest team

Still have questions?