Craft beer and cider will be celebrated this week end at the city’s first Beers to the Bush festival.
From 1pm Saturday, 17 independent breweries will be at Ollie Robbins Oval with more than 50 beers and about five ciders available.
The Monkey Bar owner Tim Smith said the beer and cider festival was something he and his wife Cass had been planning 12 months before they had bought the bar.
“Once this came up (The Monkey Bar) we jumped into this and as the same time we set everything up for this we started talking to brewers and tried to get everything happening. We didn't think it would happen this quick,” Mr Smith said.
The plan was to have a least 10 breweries jump on board.
“It’s more of a love affair with the beers and the cider more than anything else. We love drinking their beers so it was a no-brainier to get these breweries involved,” Mr Smith said.
The beers and cider are coming from as far away as Tasmania, Melbourne and Sydney.
“A lot of them hadn't even heard of this place 'Dubbo' let alone our craft beer bar in Dubbo and they all jumped on board with it which is awesome. It's taken a lot a lot of work but it's something we wanted to happen,” The Monkey Bar owner said.
In October the date was locked in and after the event was announced in January, Mr Smith said there was no turning back.
The fun on Saturday will kick off from 1pm and last until 7pm. As well as the beer and cider on offer there’ll also be music from local musicians Isaac Compton and Matt Harris and a range of food vans.
“We've bought the largest Connect Four you can buy without getting one made, there’s giant Jenga. It’s make your own fun on the day.Come down and enjoy a few beers, bring your friends,” Mr Smith said.
“We do have undercover seating for about 300 at the moment but there’s nothing stopping people from bringing picnic blankets or their own little gazebos. People can come and do whatever they want, enjoy the beers and have a good time.”
Tickets for the event are available on The Monkey Bar website or at the bar. They’ll also be available on the day, but ticket bought beforehand will be at the early bird price.
The Beers to the Bush tickets include a festival glass and three tasters of your choice.