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Bike-Powered McGlashan And 10 New Beers Top Unique Festival Bill

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Bike-Powered McGlashan And 10 New Beers Top Unique Festival Bill

The third Marchfest, Nelson's 'hip harvest hop festival', takes place this Saturday, April 17 at Founders Park under the "Big Hop", a giant weatherproof marquee. Festivities kick off at midday and run through until 9.30pm.


Marchfest organisers believe the event will be a New Zealand first with its bicycle-powered music stage (acts include Don McGlashan and The Eastern) where volunteers from the audience pedal to contribute to the power supply - and can win a bike or a beer tab for their efforts.

"It's a fun project," says Glenn Harvey of sponsors Solar Peak, talking about the bike-powered music stage. "But it also demonstrates how easy it is to augment or replace grid power. We may use it to power the 500 watt mixing desk or some other piece of musical equipment."

Solar Peak and Marchfest organisers Dead Good Beer Events have also committed to making the bike power set-up freely available to the Nelson community for future events.


Marchfest is the only New Zealand beer festival based on the creation of new beers and ciders (10 Top of the South breweries this year) For the first time, Marchfest will be staging beer making, home brewing and cider pressing demonstrations.

The ten "festivAles" being specially brewed for this year's Marchfest are as follows:

Founders: God Knows Best..bitter. "Our take on a ESB", 5%.

Lighthouse: April Fuel, an amber ale, 5.5%.

Moa: Blanc Resurrection, a Belgian Wit (wheat beer), 5%.

Monkey Wizard: Golgotha Porter, a porter brewed with NZ botanicals, 5.5%.

Renaissance: Funkelryesen (rhymes with Dunkelweizen), spiced rye beer, 5%.

Sprig and Fern: De-Vine Inspiration, Pilsner, 5%.

The Golden Bear: Liquifaction, a hoppy ale, 6%.

The Mussel Inn: Missing Lynx, Marzenbier (lager), 5.2%.

Totara: Ninkasi Green, an ale which will use green hops at harvest time, 5%.

Townshend's: Roger Parks IPA, a well hopped traditional IPA, 6%.

Plus there are new ciders from McCashins and Old Mout. MARCHFEST IN APRIL - WHY?

Despite its name, Marchfest has been moved to April 17 to coincide with the end of the hop season - so that hop growers and hop pickers can actually attend the event that celebrates the completion of their harvest.

"We decided to move the event to April to get away from the overcrowded summer festival calendar," says co-organiser Eelco A Boswijk. "One of our main sponsors is Nelson City Council and they want to support more shoulder season events that can attract out of town visitors as well as locals."

Tickets are available for $25 on the door or in advance from or local outlets.

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