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Marchfest - NZ’s Big Little Craft Beer Festival

Marchfest is a unique craft beer and music festival celebrating it’s 14th year. Held in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, and set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park, Marchfest will take place on Saturday, March 20th 2021 from noon until 9:30 pm.

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 craft breweries produce a new beer for the event. These beers all make their world debut at Marchfest. Most are Top of the South breweries with a few invited guest brewers to round out the taste and style of beers available.

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, which sells out fast! 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 Marchfest is also a family-friendly day out. It’s a winning formula!

Great live music is always a big feature of Marchfest and 2021 will be no exception.

Marchfest is 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 little big craft beer festival - a celebration of music, food, fun and of course, proper beer.


Use of the following hashtags, website links and social tags across all social media platforms will help to spread the word about this years festival!

#marchfest2021 #marchfest #welovecraftbeer
Facebook: @Marchfest Instagram: @marchfestnz


Louise Allan

T: +64 3546 6330

E: louise@nelsonvenues.co.nz

A: Marchfest Ltd c/o Nelson Venues & Events PO Box 1193, Nelson 7040



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