Event good to go

July 14, 2017

Beer festival to go ahead:Event Director Geoff Schwind and beer festival partner, Andrew Vale.

After the initial idea was knocked back by the city council last year, a Benalla beer festival is scheduled to go ahead in November.

Last year an idea to run a beer, cider and local wines festival was unanimously rebuffed by the Benalla Rural City Council’s planning and development committee, as they deemed it insufficiently planned, and would create ‘‘a huge noise impact’’.

Concerns were also expressed by councillors, that the festival had already been advertised on Facebook as having a set date in October, which at the time was less than a month away from the committee meeting.

Event director, and Rustik cafe owner, Geoff Schwind teamed up with Andrew Vale to put on the beer, cider and regional wines festival to ‘‘get things up and running’’ in Benalla again.

Their idea is to host the festival at 126 to 128 Bridge St, the empty lot beside North East Artisans.

But this time around the pair do not require a planning permit to go ahead with the festival.

‘‘We’re going to be trying the beer festival again this year now that we have got a change of use, so we don’t require a planning permit to go ahead,’’ Mr Vale said.

‘‘So it’s definitely going ahead this time. It’s going to be (held) in November as a beer, cider and regional wines festival.’’

Mr Vale said the premise of the festival would see ‘‘a bunch of stalls’’ in the lot, where customers could try craft brews from across the region.

‘‘They’ll be able to try out all the different crafts,’’ he said.

‘‘We’re going to try and have it as a stand-alone event, although we’re still working out the exact timeframe for it.’’

Mr Schwind, who has decades of experience in the beer industry, said the pair’s aim was to see Benalla residents trying a large range of craft brews.

‘‘We also have the aim of developing with the locals, a craft beer,’’ Mr Schwind said.

‘‘There are lots around Benalla, but none from here.’’

As well as the festival in November, the group is also planning to host events around the AFL grand final, Oktoberfest, and the Melbourne Cup on the same site.

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