Battle for best brewer bragging rights at Relish festival

FOLLOWING a flood of entries to last year's event, organisers have added an extra two categories to the home brew challenge at Relish Food and Wine Fest on Saturday, June 8, in Maryborough's Portside district.

Last year's inaugural competition attracted entries from as far as Warwick and Rockhampton and many are returning next month to battle for best brewer bragging rights.

"We've added an indian pale ale and imperial Indian pale ale category this year which we're expecting to be very hotly contested," Martin Potter, owner of Hervey Bay Home Brew and major sponsor, said. 

Other categories include:

  • Pale lager
  • Foreign lager
  • Wheat beer
  • Pale ales
  • Dark ales
  • Cider and meads
  • Specialty beers - including smoked and fruit beer

Mr Potter said the visiting entries would be up against some tough competition, with local brewers winning the majority of categories last year.

"A lot of people probably don't realise that a lot goes into making a quality beer - it's somewhat of an art form," he said.   

"It depends on the style being judged, but qualities that will be scrutinised include hop and malt aroma, clarity, taste and mouth feel and carbonation levels."

Common faults included poor fermentation, temperature management and too much cane sugar.

"All entrants will receive feedback from the judges to give them an idea of what to work on for future competitions," Mr Potter said.

Entry forms are available at or Hervey Bay Home Brew, 2/92 Beach Rd, Pialba.

Councillor for sport, recreation, open spaces and events Darren Everard said Relish Food and Wine Fest would showcase the best regional produce and products from across the region, as well as local cafes and restaurants, award-winning wines and gourmet food stalls. 

"It's well on its way to becoming one of the region's signature events," he said.

"It's transformed the traditional Pub Fest weekend into two days of fantastic food, wine and culture.

"We're aiming to provide a total festival experience, from seasonal produce and local seafood, wine and cheese tastings and beer and food matching sessions.

"Add to that, cooking and coffee demonstrations from innovative chefs and award winning regional wineries to name a few of the attractions already on board."

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