The Otago University Students Association (OUSA) has announced The Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival has been rescheduled to the weekend of December 3-4, 2021.

Originally set to take place on October 29-30, the date change is due to the impact of the recent COVID lockdown restrictions across New Zealand, and the impact it took across stakeholders.

“The shift to December should hopefully see the wider craft beer industry in a better recovery position, post-lockdown,” says Festival Director, Jason Schroeder.

Andi Hickey, Beer Baroness, says shifting the dates further out is a great move.

“Although we know it’s a logistical nightmare for a lot of people, and for the public who already have tickets, from a small brewery perspective who have not been able to brew for the past five weeks, this is a saviour,” she says.

“It means we have some time to prepare and brew something special, so we can bring the festival magic that people want.”

Tickets for the current festival dates will automatically be transferred to the new dates and refunds are available through Ticketmaster for those who are no longer able to attend due to the change in dates.

Any refunded tickets that are able to be reallocated will be distributed via the Ticketing Waitlist on Ticketmaster.

For those travelling from out of town, Air New Zealand will also credit flights for transfer to the new dates (T&C’s apply).

Minor changes to the vendor list, and entertainment line-up will be released soon.

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