All of Perth’s festivals coming up south of the river – including Fremantle’s Beerfest and Cockburn Live

It turns out that scheduling more beer sessions through a pandemic might actually be a good thing.

Or at least the creators of Fremantle’s Beerfest believe so, after they discovered that being forced to divide their drawcard event into crowd-managed sessions three years ago was a hit with the punters.

Festival co-founder James Harding said the extra split session on day two of the three-day event was a COVID-19 precaution but ended up being a “surprisingly positive thing to come out of the pandemic”.

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“We were pretty lucky that we could keep trading through COVID but it was stressful and hectic and nothing was ever set in stone,” Mr Harding said.

“So we split the Saturday up so that we could still get a good attendance but could reduce the amount of people that were on the site.

“But what ended up happening through that was that it became a really popular option for people because people were keen to start the day early.”

Camera IconFremantle Beerfest is back on this November. Credit: Beerfest/supplied

November signals the start of the festival season across the southern suburbs and while 2022 feels like a chance to get back to pre-COVID conditions, the lessons learned from the past three years have stuck with many event organisers.

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