GENEVA BEER FESTIVAL
CRAFT BEER, FOOD AND MUSIC
by Geli Carney
Did you know Munich’s Oktoberfest actually happens mostly in September?
Maybe in order to avoid a diary clash with the Geneva Beer Festival, which actually does take place during the first weekend of October!
What Geneva Beer Festival may lack in world record-breaking Stein-carrying attempts (29, if you didn’t know) it more than makes up with over 200 varieties of craft beer on offer – supplied by 40 different craft beer breweries – and surely enough to satisfy the thirstiest of our Bavarian friends. Some of the producers, such as Biere du Lac and L’Apaisee are regular favourites, but others, like Valais-based brewery Hoppy People will be making their debut appearance – be sure to give them a warm welcome!
With DJs, live music, over 20 different food trucks and food and beer pairing workshops on offer, the festival promises a really fun environment for getting better acquainted with some of the participating craft breweries, many of whom are based either here in Geneva or from around the Rhone-Alpes region.
The festival opens at 6pm on Friday 6th October 2017 and runs through to 7pm Sunday 8th October 2017.
It takes place at Pavilion Sicli, route des Acacias, a cool cultural space reclaimed from a disused fire-extinguisher factory and famous for its concrete sloping roof (trade-mark of celebrated Swiss civil-engineer Heinz Isler)
Tram 15 runs right past the venue so getting there (and more importantly getting home) is easy.
Entrance is free (though you will need to purchase a 2chf beer ‘glass’ – refundable on return).
Finally, they’re a super-inclusive bunch at the beer festival so even if hops aren’t your thing, you will find local wine producers and cocktails on offer too.
WHEN: Friday 6th October 2017 – 5pm to midnight, Saturday 7th October 2017 – 11am until midnight, Sunday 8th October 2017 – 11am until 7pm.
WHERE: Pavilion Sicli, 45 route des Acacias 45, 1227 Les Acacias, Genève.
COST: Free entrance, CHF2 for refundable beer glass.