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Australia’s Ultimate Beer, Cider & Food Fest is Coming To Sydney This Winter

by Jenn Roper

Time to gather your drinking buddies because world renowned beer festival GABS (otherwise known as The Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular) is happening soon.

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Kicking of the month on the 1st of June, GABS will be held at the beautiful Sydney Showgrounds with two boozy 5-hour sessions taking place on the day.

Boasting a line up of supreme Aussie and NZ breweries, GABS promises to be a fun-filled celebration spreading the love of all things craft beer and cider.

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A whopping total of 170 exclusive beers and ciders will be showcased at this year’s specTAPular with diversity, creativity and quality at the heart of each recipe. Attendees should expect the unexpected with some of the most exotic beer infusions taking centre stage at GABS. Ingredients like bacon, Tim Tams, popcorn and even edible green ants serve as inspiration for some brewers’ recipes at this year’s event..

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GABS provides the perfect opportunity for collaboration so its no wonder many of the creative minds behind the brews have teamed up with coffee roasters, tea houses, whisky distillers and the like to explore unique flavour combinations. Wayward Brewing Company’s collab with Toby’s Estate Coffee and Grumpy’s Donuts is an homage to coffee and donuts: a silky blend of milk stout and gently roasted coffee beans where actual donuts have been used in the fermentation process. Or if cider’s more your thing, give the smoked maple cider from Twisted Sister a go. They’ve teamed up with barbecue joint Up In Smoke to produce a deliciously intense blend that’s sure to be a crowd favourite.

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Of course beer and cider are the stars of the show, but GABS is perhaps just as well known for putting on a showstopping event, complete with roving circus entertainment and performances from the incredibly popular ‘house band’ The Ale Capones. Sydney-siders can even catch a ride on the giant indoor Ferris Wheel before trying their luck in a competitive scavenger hunt with friends.

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There’ll be live DJ’s among other highlights including crazy mini golf and haybale bowling, Stomping Ground’s very own silent disco, an indoor roller derby and so much more.  Punters can even swing for glory at the giant beer can piñata, just remember to put yourself in queue via the app to avoid missing out on all the fun.

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The fun doesn’t stop there with some of the city’s best eateries and food trucks set to feature at GABS. Happy as Larry are returning with their pop-up pizzeria along with the likes of Bovine & Swine, Birdman, Mr Bao and many more delicious eats all sure to be the perfect aid for beer-induced hunger.

So come hungry and forget the cash because GABS 2019 will be a cashless event. Find all public transport options and other event info here.

When: Saturday 1st June 2019
Where: Exhibition Halls 3 & 4 at Sydney Showground, Olympic Park
Price: Tickets from $33


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