Since 2012, GABS Beer, Food and Cider Festival has set out to create an unforgettable and fun experience that shares a love of craft beer and cider with as many people as possible. The event has been described by influential US magazine The Beer Connoisseur as “one of the best beer festivals in the world” and in 2016 GABS attracted more than 32,000 people.

Key to the GABS experience are the ‘Festival Beers & Ciders’, where leading brewers and cider makers from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, create a unique beer or cider especially for the festival.  Served from  40ft shipping containers converted into bars, the Festival Beers & Ciders are hugely popular with event goers, and many brews have gone on to enjoy great critical and commercial success following their launch at GABS.

While breweries are encouraged to be creative, some take it even further. Last year’s Belly Button Beer from 7 cent Brewery and Robe Brewing’s Ambergris Ale, made essentially from sperm whale vomit, even made global headlines.


GABS Melbourne

19-21 May 2017

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton


GABS Sydney

27 May 2017

Sydney Showground, Olympic Park


GABS Auckland

16-17 June 2017

ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane


Tickets go on sale 16 March in all cities at