How do I buy tastings?
GABF is a 100% cashless event. You’ll need a valid Visa, Mastercard or American Express credit, debit or EFTPOS card to purchase food, drinks and merchandise using Square paywave readers. No cash at all is accepted by any of the vendors.
How much does each tasting cost?
Beer or cider will cost $2 for an 80ml tasting, or $6 for a full 285ml pot. Beers are at or just below bar prices. Speciality brews or high ABV brews may be charged at a higher price. Check with the individual brewers before making your purchase.
Where is GABF being held and what time is the festival?
GABF has a new location at Johnstone Park, Geelong CBD. A cross the road from Geelong train station. Gates open at 1pm and close at 8pm, Alcohol service will cease at 8pm.
Can I buy tickets at the gate?
Yes tickets will be available at the gate. Tickets purchased on event day are $45. Online ticket sales close at midnight Friday 17th. Save yourself some dollars and pre-purchase online!
Can children come?
Yes children are welcome, we will have activities and kids entertainment. Children 12 and under are free, 13 to 17 year olds are $20. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, even if they are 17 years old they cannot wander around by themselves, as this is a fully licensed event.
What about pets?
We love animals, but not at this gig.
Can I bring my own food and drink?
Sorry, but no you can’t. This is a fully catered event. There will be a range of gourmet food suppliers, coffee, and free water available. We are ensuring there are many food stalls that cater for special dietary requirements. Please don’t bring any food on the day as it will be confiscated.
Can I bring my own seating or picnic rug?
Make yourself comfortable! You can bring picnic rugs and deck chairs. Please note, they cannot be placed on walkways, or directly in front of the stage… we want everyone to be able to move freely around the event and taste the many beers on offer!
How will beers be served?
Beers can be served in either 80ml or 285ml tastings.
Is smoking allowed?
Yes, there will be designated smoking area.
I don’t want to drive, what is the best way to get to the festival?
Johnstone Park is located directly opposite the Geelong Train Station and minutes from local bus routes. Super easy to get there, and super easy to get home, or head out for dinner or kick on after the event.
What accommodation is available in Geelong?
There is a large selection of accommodation options in Geelong. You can try Bookings, Wotif or Stayz. For accommodation assistance call Geelong Tourism on 1800 755 611.
What If there is smoke haze or poor air quality?
You can monitor the EPA categories for smoke haze at EPA Airwatch . Please consider the recommendations for your own health and wellbeing.
What’s On afterwards?
The Inn Hotel (58 Corio Street) is the Official after party venue for GABF. Keep the party going at The Inn!
Little Creatures (221 Swanston st) will have a recovery breakfast Sunday morning 19th Jan.