Hundreds of visitors turned up for the 5th annual Craft Beer, Food and Music Festival at Fancourt Estate in the Southern Cape.

Visitors sample beer from about 40 breweries, distilleries and wineries over the next couple of days.

The craft beer industry has blossomed over the past five years. From a mere 30 breweries, there are now about 130 in the Western Cape alone. South Africans aren’t sticking to big beer brands anymore, but enjoying more of a variety.

“We’re moving from a traditionally lager drinking nation to a nation that can appreciate different types of beers from all over the world. So, I think it’s a good thing. There’s been good growth in the industry,” says Old Potters Brewhouse’s Tatenda Chivaura.

The event now also gives other craft liquor producers the platform to introduce their products.

“The festival is only the showcase of all the different breweries, distilleries and wineries that do agro-processing and produce some of the most wonderful wines, spirits and craft beers,” says founder of  Thousand Sensations Festival, Alewijn Dippenaar.

Visitors enjoyed the variety on offer.

“It’s a wonderful day at Fancourt. (It’s) wonderful to come and support our local brewers and gin makers. We’re having a fantastic time. The atmosphere is great,” says Heidi Ackerman, George resident.

For minors and designated drivers, non-alcoholic options were also available.