"Craft beer is just a fad."
We won't tell you who said it, but it was this proclamation that inspired us to create Hop'n'Vine back in 2017 and it continues to inspire us to keep pushing boundaries, ensuring good beer finds its way to the 'final frontier'.
From our original festival in the ILT velodrome, we have grown and now occupy the main ILT stadium courts entertaining thousands of beer, wine and food enthusiasts along with those who just want a great day out.
We also took the festival on the road in 2021 and brought Garage Project, Behemoth, Deep Creek, Epic and much much more to Fiordland, hosting our first full outdoor festival in Te Anau.
Our plans to host an Oktoberfest were unfortunately scuppered by COVID, but we do hope to bring that to Invercargill in 2022.
Who are we?
Hop'n'Vine is the brainchild of two Scotsmen, Kevin Downie and Chris Montgomery.
Kevin comes from a fashion background designing for the likes of Converse and managing brands such as Diesel, New Balance and Champion to name a few. Kevin was key to taking the event on the road and his ability to communicate and collaborate with the community, and industry contacts, has been key to the success of Hop'n'Vine events.
Chris comes from a business and media background and has spent the last eight years in education, but has recently returned to the coal face taking up the GM position at the Southland Express.
Each brings a unique set of skills to the event management journey and their dedication to delivering a quality product has been key to the success of the brand and the events across both Invercargill and Fiordland.