Beer expo cancels train from Oamaru

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The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo has cancelled its proposed train from Oamaru to the event this weekend due to lack of interest.

It was decided last Friday that the expo, which is being held on Saturday, would not to offer the eight-carriage train from Oamaru because only 40 tickets had been sold.

Organiser Matthew Black said they had offered a bus ride for those who bought tickets but it would not be necessary, as the majority of people said they would find their own way there and back.

Mr Black said it was unfortunate not enough tickets were sold, as there had been a lot of enthusiasm in the beginning.

“I thought we would have got more uptake.”

He would consider providing a train trip from Oamaru next time, as once people came to the event and saw what it was about, they might be more inclined to tell others and take a train the following year, Mr Black said.

Preparation for the event, which will have 26 breweries, 12 food stalls and a number of wine and cider stalls, is going well, with only signage and volunteers to organise.

More than 1000 tickets had already been sold, however, he expected that to at least double by Saturday and he hoped there would be a good walk-in crown, he said.

The train would continue to be used on the platform for home brew seminars and seating, and the only other change they had made was to move it all undercover, as the forecast had looked a bit “rough”, Mr Black said.

There will be breweries from around New Zealand, Australia and Mexico at the event, along with local food and eight Dunedin bands, which will appeal to all ages.

The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo will be held at the Dunedin Railway Station on Saturday, September 20, from 3pm-9.30pm.

Tickets to the event can be purchased from www.dunedincraftbeerexpo.co.nz

By RUBY HARFIELD

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BEER EXPO: The Dunedin Craft Beer Expo will be held where the Otago Farmers’ Market (pictured) operates on Saturday mornings.