7 Reasons To Kickback And Relax At The Highlands Beer And Cider Festival

7 Reasons To Kickback And Relax At The Highlands Beer And Cider Festival

We love The Highlands, we love a long weekend and a festival. And yes, we do enjoy beer and cider. So when all of these things combine, it’s fair to say we’re going to partake!

The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival is on 26 & 27 January at the Bradman Oval in Bowral. Gates open at 10am and close at 6pm on both days.


A new event on the local calendar, we’ve got a feeling this will become a much-loved annual shindig. We hope!

Here’s why we’ll be kicking back and relaxing at the Highlands Beer and Cider Festival this long weekend.


Brews and crews

There’s something so non-corporate-y about the craft beer and cider industry, right? It’s mates getting together, getting inventive, and creating something built from friendship. So cool! It’s like they’ve put all their passion and personality into their beer or cider, which reappears as a unique and delicious bevvie. Not to mention all the cool names and labels they come up with. Noticed that? There's over 24 brewers to meet and discover at the festival.

BYO picnic blanket

What a way to spend the Australia Day long weekend. Grab some friends, bring your picnic rug and chairs along, and set up camp on Bradman Oval smack bang in the middle of a fun beer and wine festival. Taste test a range of brews, feast on foodie finds and relax outdoors in the sun with your mates. This event has cruisy, chilled long weekend vibes written all over it!

Highlands Beer Festival Friends

The cool factor

The Highlands has always been known as home to great restaurants and producers, and thanks to so many unique foodies, brewers and talented chefs setting up shop here there's an exciting wave of creativity in the air. And now we have a new, fresh, local festival, upping the cool factor just a notch. It's pretty exciting, don’t you think?!

Over 100 varieties of craft beer and cider on offer

We love how the brew crews of this industry get totally creative and inventive when whipping up their pales, ales, lagers and ciders. It doesn’t matter whether you like your brew soft, creamy, light, heavy, dark, malty, hoppy….whatever floats your boat, it’s guaranteed there will be a brew for you. To quote the great poet and philosopher of the 21st century, Craig David, “What’s your flava?”

If beer or cider ain’t your flava, don’t worry you’ll find Joadja Distillery serving up their delicious G&Ts and you’ll be able to enjoy some cold, crisp wine from some of our locals - Cuttaway Hill Wines, Cherry Tree Hill Wines and Centennial Vineyards. Plus there’ll be a kombucha stall if that’s more your style.

Highlands Beer Festival Paddle

Bocce, beards and brews

Beer and cider won’t be the only thing on tap. There is plenty of entertainment to keep everyone busy. Chill out to live music as local artist’s roll out some tunes, send the kids to the slime tent – yep! The festival is family-friendly and kids under 18 are free! – perfect your Blue Steel at the photo booths or even bring your own games. Got a bocce’ set? BYO bocce and stroke your beard while sipping your brew and lobbing a bocce’ ball. We're thinking giant Jenga...

Iconic (and ridiculously good looking) venue

It’s not often you get the chance to lay out a picnic blanket on Bradman Oval without the risk of getting sconed in the head with a cricket ball or wayward willow. We love this space. White picket fences, towering trees surrounding the field, beautiful green grass. Add a cool beer and cider festival into the mix and it’s like Wind in the Willows meets King Street, Newtown.

Bradman Oval Festivals


It’s a gourmet gangsta’s paradise

Foodies will love the array of gastronomical delights on offer at the festival. Waffles, pancakes, pork rolls, coffee, fresh berries, cheeses, pickles, pizzas, salami….shall we go on? Over 20 food trucks and stalls to choose from - how will we choose?! - including local favourite restuarants Birch Restaurant, The Loch and Dos Hombres, plus a pop up restaurant recreating the Taphouse vibes of Mossey. Also, you might be happy to hear that Taphouse will hosting a festival after party back in Mossy on Saturday night!! Boom!

Right, we're already hungry. 


Looks like it’s going to be a great event. You can get your tickets online here. Single entry tickets are $20 and kids under 18 are free. Oh, and you know what else? The organisers of the festival are donating the cost of the online booking fee to OzHarvest. Cool, hey? See you there!



The Fold Southern Highlands encourage festival-goers to drink responsibily. The Highlands Beer and Cider Festival are committed to the responsible service of alcohol.


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