Huge interest in beer, food festival

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More than 6000 people will crowd into Forsyth Barr Stadium this weekend for the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival. Event organiser Dan Hendra said Saturday’s event, which would run for the fourth time, was expected to draw more than 6200 people, along with 78 food and drink vendors. Speaking to The Star on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Hendra expected the event to sell out by the time the newspaper was published, with fewer than 800 tickets remaining. ‘‘[It is] amazing for a Dunedin event to sell out in advance.’’ With more space available in the stadium this year, organisers had increased the number of activities, stalls and tickets for the popular event, he said. Last year’s event had used the main pitch but had been unable to access the Otago Daily Times stand area due to the stage set-up for the Fleetwood Mac concert. However, this time the festival would be using both the pitch and the ODT stand, Mr Hendra said. The stand area would include a silent disco, a new addition to the day-long event, while other highlights included a performance from everevolving musical collective Fly My Pretties — who will celebrate the release of new album String Theory at the festival — and the return of Air New Zealand’s musical chairs stall, at which punters could win flights to a variety of locations, Mr Hendra said. The festival was also proud to support a variety of local businesses which had stalls at the event — offering more than 330 different wines, beers and ciders at the event — as well as through several pre-festival events at different businesses this week, Mr Hendra said.