Your Ticket

Sounds pretty obvious, right? Once you’ve completed your order, this will be emailed to you. Print it out, have it ready on your phone, or open it in the Eventbrite app. No ticket, no entry.

Proof Of Age

Licence, passport or proof of age card is required. Under 18’s are welcome (and under 14’s are free) but they won’t be able to drink of course, and they must be accompanied by an adult.

Please be prepared to show your valid ID. All attendees will be required to wear a wristband for the duration of their stay at BBF.

Please note all bags are subject to inspection at any point during the event. Bottles, cans, glass, food, drink, alcohol, illicit drugs, illegal substances, fireworks, explosives or anything that can be used as a weapon cannot be brought into the festival.

As you enter, you’ll be given a souvenir festival glass and lanyard.

And then start the fun!

Credit / Debit Card

The Ballarat Beer Festival will operate a digital currency for the 2020 event, to ensure speed of service, increased security and ease of transactions at the Bars, Food Outlets and Vendor Stalls.

Most importantly, there will be reduced need to wait in lines, counting out coins to buy a beer, as your friends get thirsty for your round! As such, all food, merchandise and drinks purchased at BIG will need to be paid for using the simple, tap-and-go Festival Currency Wristbands.


Can I use cash to pay for food and drinks if I haven’t purchased Festival Currency?

Ballarat Beer Festival is a ‘cashless’ festival. In other words, to buy food and drinks at the event you’ll need to use festival currency as CASH WILL NOT be accepted by vendors.

Where can I purchase Festival Currency?

Festival Currency can be purchased at Ballarat Beer Festival or to save time and queuing, pre-purchase your wristband and currency online. Click here!

How Does Festival Currency Work?

At the venue, Festival Currency wristbands can be topped up at currency stands or by our friendly roaming top-up currency sellers. You can buy festival currency with exact cash or credit card. The wristband you will receive contains a chip, which can be read by the vendor’s scanning device, that deducts a set amount depending on what you purchase. It’s so simple to use, let the vendor know what you would like to purchase. They will ring up the transaction on their device. Then scan your wristband against their device and bingo, transaction is complete, start enjoying your food and beverages!

How much should I put on my Festival Currency Wristband?

We would recommend a minimum of $50 to be pre-loaded onto your wristband to maximise your experience at the Ballarat Beer Festival.

How do I know how much is remaining on my wristband?

You can simply ask any vendor how much credit you have remaining by scanning your wristband, or doing the same at any Roaming Top-Up Seller, Self- Service Kiosk or Festival Currency Booth. After each transaction, the vendor will also show you the balance on your wristband.

Cool, but how much do I pay for this?

That’s easy: A one-time activation fee of $3.50 is deducted from your initial top-up (think of it as the purchase cost of the wristband). No ATM or credit card merchant facilities apply!

Can I get a refund on any Festival Currency I don’t spend at the event?

Yes you can!

Make sure you keep your wristband. Head to the Ballarat Beer Festival website from:

Available from Monday Feb 18th 9am – Monday Feb 25th 9am

Simply enter your full name, email address, BSB, Account Number as well as the RFID and 4-6 digit serial number printed on the plastic chip on your wristband and hit complete!

Your refund will be processed back into your bank account within 14 working days. Applicable to a minimum balance of $5.

Please note, a refund processing fee of $2.50 will apply.

The Ballarat Beer Fest App

On the day of the festival, download the Ballarat Beer Festival App and keep track of what’s on, the band list, the beer education classes, what beers are available at the festival, and get voting for your favourite brew.

  • Search for Event Portal for Eventbrite in the Apple or Google store on your device
  • Make sure to accept notifications when prompted. You will receive reminders during the
    day of the events you have listed to attend
  • Enter the event code ballaratbeer20

Got a Crazy Costume?

Wear it – you might win a great prize.

Be Comfortable

Bring picnic blankets or camping chairs – chill out in style.
Umbrellas are not allowed. Do not bring food or drinks. There’s a huge range of foods to suit all tastes, and free water.


With such a large range of beers, ciders and wines, sampling is the name of the game. Check out the beer list on the app, and vote for your favourite brews. The app beer list will be updated a few days prior to the event.

Most beers and ciders will be $2 per 85ml taste, $4 for 185ml and $6 for a pot (285ml), however each brewer and winemaker may vary the charge for some brews based on ABV, rarity, etc.

There will be two boulevards of beer, ciders and wines, so take it in a clockwise, or an anti-clockwise direction, or do the zig and zag path. Just don’t miss out!

You’re very welcome to keep and take home your souvenir festival glass or dispose of them in a recycling bin when leaving the venue.