Okotopafest set to be one of the best

Monday October 23, 2017 Written by Published in Local

The late (and very eccentric)  US rock musician Frank Zappa once famously said, “you can’t be a real country unless you have beer and an airline”.


Well folks, the Cook Islands fulfils that criteria, and more.

Celebrating the fifth Okotopafest anniversary next Saturday, beer and kai lovers are in for a real treat.

This year, founding partners Matutu Brewery, LBV and Prime Foods have invited Rarotonga Brewery and The Bond Store into the fold.

Tim Tierney from LBV is excited the festival has established this collaboration between the two Rarotonga breweries. 

Matutu has brewed craft beers here since 2006, its staples Mai Lager, Kiva Pale Ale and Maeva IPA enjoy a strong following. Each Okotopafest Matutu has gone wild with different flavours and brews, tempting locals and tourist into a love affair for craft beer.

Eric Newnham and James Puati, award-winning Cook Island brewers, will release three new brews this Okotopafest, as well as the favourite Mai Lager.

Check out the Passionfruit Heffeweizen, Tiporo (lime) Pilsner, and Salted Caramel beer.

The Bond Store will promote a selection of craft beer, adding an international flavour to the festival beer range.

Rarotonga Breweries’ Edward Nee Nee says participating in their first-ever beer fest is “incredibly exciting”.

“Our brewers Tuki and Tereinga, and all our crew at Rarotonga Brewery are eager to take part in this event, celebrating our number one passion – beer,” he said.

“We look forward to showcasing our locally brewed beer, alongside a great range of other superb local and micro-brewed imported beers. 

Their inaugural offering will showcase local lager, cider, pale ale, Hallertau Tangelo Wibier and Maximus.  

Beer and kai are happy companions, and LBV chefs Tim and Marie Tierney will deliver festival food to keep the crowd well fed.

On offer will be slow roast lamb wraps, spare ribs, oysters, whitebait fritters and fish ‘n’ chips.

Pig cooked on the spit will be served around 5pm in the form of pulled pork buns.

Dan Forsyth from Prime Foods will supply a sizzling range of local- produced sausages, including bratwurst and chorizo.

Live music acts will entertain throughout the afternoon and later, DJ Marky will play the latest tracks, creating a grooving good vibe.

The popular annual Okotopa Beer & Kai Fest is hosted at LBV grounds in Muri.

So whack it in your diary: Next Saturday, October 28, from 1pm to 9pm, Okotopafest 2017 – it’s a beery hoppy place to be! 

            - Release

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