What to expect from Froth and Bubbles festival

Froth and Bubbles co-organiser David McGrath and wife Delaina. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
Froth and Bubbles co-organiser David McGrath and wife Delaina. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER

This weekend's Froth and Bubbles beer and cider festival is a little bit of a family affair.

David McGrath, from the Illawarra Brewing Company, is one of the organisers but the festival's name came from his wife, Delaina.

Mrs McGrath keeps a small list of phrases that appeal to her, with the view to maybe one day attaching them to a bar or club.

Mr McGrath saw the name "Froth and Bubbles" on the list and, with his wife's permission, decided to use it for the festival.

It's an apt name for the festival, being held at WIN Entertainment Centre, because the focus is on more than just beer.

"It's not just about trying to impress the beer geeks," Mr McGrath said.

"Obviously it's going to be great fun with about 10 different beers that have never been poured before. But there are also entry level beers and ciders, plus there are going to be a few wineries with some wines to try.

"So we've taken it from just a beer festival to combining beer and cider and throwing in some sparkling wine as well."

The festival also features entertainment from comedy duo Elbowskin and a long list of Illawarra bands including Atticus, the Cassettes and Chuparosa.

"It's about making it an experience to be here," he said.

"Yes, it's going to be great that there are going to be all these wonderful beers to try, but it's also a great fun environment to hang around and catch up with friends."

The breweries taking part come from NSW, Victoria and as far away as Western Australia.

Both South Coast breweries - Illawarra Brewing Company and HopDog BeerWorks - are also attending. They will unveil two new beers each at the festival.

The event is restricted to over 18s, but pass outs are available. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.