Yamba Brewfest extended to week-long celebration

HAVE you heard the good brews?

The 2016 Irons and Craig Brewfest in Yamba has been expanded to a week-long celebration of local beer, food, music and art.

Having evolved from a one-day event in 2014, festival co-organiser Antony Perring said they were looking forward to a bigger audience this year across a longer period of time.

It will kick off on Easter Saturday with the annual home-brew competition and live music in the Yamba cafe's backyard, followed by a brewers' long lunch on Easter Sunday with a shared table of local food.

"We love (the home-brew competition), it brings a bunch of local home-brewers together to compare notes and encourages some friendly rivalries," Mr Perring said.

"It's awesome to hang out in the backyard and listen to some great music and enjoy a cold beer or two."

If it's art you are 'ale'ing for, you might want to attend the free exhibition launch of works by Rindi Salomon and Andrew Shillam, followed a couple of days later by a six-course Irons and Craig degustation dinner.

"Finally, a celebration of beer is nothing without highlighting Yamba prawns in an old-school beer and prawn night," Mr Perring said. "We'll be covering the tables in paper, dumping the prawns in the middle and letting you and your mates loose," he said.

"There's no better way to enjoy fresh local prawns than by getting your hands dirty - unless you add some fresh crusty bread, home-churned butter and a delicious pile of salad."

Brewfest will run in conjunction with the PLUNGE arts festival, from March 26-April 2.

The complete guide to the 2016 Plunge Festival is available now

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