Craftwork Brewery staff did not get to see as much of the Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival as they would have liked.
The Oamaru brewery had a record day of business on Saturday – and co-owner Lee-Ann Scotti was barely able to leave the bar.
“I didn’t get out. I was just pouring beer the whole time, but it was great,” Ms Scotti said.
The brewery was packed on Saturday as hundreds of people enjoyed a beverage and live music.
Sunday was also very busy.
“They were all brilliant actually, but Saturday was just crazy.”
Business from the festival weekend broke the previous Craftwork Brewery record from the Oamaru Victorian Fete, she said.
Four different bands performed outside the brewery over the three days, and Ms Scotti said they were all incredible.
“It was a really, really good festival. [There were] nice people, a great atmosphere, great weather and good bands. I just really enjoyed the music and the people.”
Scotts Brewing Co also experienced its busiest festival weekend and was packed on Saturday night, general manager Brooke Kofoed said.
“It was steady all weekend. Friday and Sunday afternoons were really busy too, but Saturday night it was higher,” she said.
“It was a really good feeling and good vibes to see everybody out and about and see people walking along the streets, and the weather was beautiful.”
Queenstown band Turtle Funk performed at the brewery on Saturday night and attracted a great crowd
“Everyone was happy – loved the music and loved the atmopshere.”
The Oamaru Opera House also had a busy Saturday, as its murder mystery event was a sell-out .
Harbour Street Jazz and Blues Festival co-ordinator Anna Randall was thrilled to hear businesses benefited so well from the annual festival.
“It’s so pleasing. Obviously that’s what we want to happen, that our amazing music can be showcased through our amazing town.
“This town has some features that are so distinctive to Oamaru that other places don’t have and it really goes hand in hand. We’re thrilled that so many people had a fantastic weekend.”
Bands performed at more than 20 venues throughout Oamaru and all the businesses had been well supported.
“We had some great weather, so Del Mar, the events down there were great, and some classic places like The Last Post – that was fantastic.
“We loved HQ [the festival’s headquarters] as well.”
Feedback from the businesses and festival-goers was positive and the committee was rapt with the response.
“There were a lot of people around town that were wandering around Harbour St, coming into HQ, and enjoying the music we had dotted around the town.
“We’re thrilled with how it went.
“We’re just so grateful to all the locals and visitors that came, and the bands and the venues. It was just brilliant.”