Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival 2017 is on September 23

Big throw: David Bosco participating in the keg toss in 2016. The event returns, along with some new ones, this weekend.

Big throw: David Bosco participating in the keg toss in 2016. The event returns, along with some new ones, this weekend.

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THE annual Port Macquarie Beer and Cider Festival is on Saturday, September 23 and there will be so much more than just beverages at Westport Park.

Event organiser, Jason Clifton, said this year they wanted to make families and children more welcome than ever before.

There will be more shade, more seating, satellite tents and kids games in 2017, including a large inflatable slide and bungee run, putt putt golf, noughts and crosses, and a sack race.

For the big kids, there are more events than previous years, including the new thong toss event.

Another draw card this year will be the home brew competition, run by Port Macquarie Country Brewer.

The home brew comp is an Australian sanctioned competition, and there will be a tent where people can see what is involved with judging home brews.

Tickets are $35 at the door, or $25 pre-sale on the website. Kids aged three to 17 are $10 and kids three and under are free.

Gates open at 1pm, with music to finish at 7.30pm and gates to close following that.

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