Hairy win for Auckland

Hairy win for Auckland

Auckland has won the bid to host the World Beard and Moustache Championships in 2021, which will see facial hair aficionados from around the globe descend on the city.

The championships is a biennial competition in which some of the most outrageous and highly styled facial hair on the planet is on display.

The Fellowship of the Beard NZ president, and regular competitor, Ygnacio Cervio worked with Auckland Convention Bureau (ACB) and Tourism New Zealand to secure the event for Auckland.

‘We’ve wanted to host the world champs here for some time, and we know some competitors will be travelling a fair distance to compete, so want to make their stay unique.

Our wish is for all of them to have a great time, meet old friends, make new ones and take home the best memories from our vibrant city,’ says Cervio.

Organisers are planning to entertain the crowds with live music, a diverse range of local and international food, as well as delicious regional wines and crafted beers.

There will be portrait photographers on site, and space for vendors to promote their products.

Head of ACB Anna Hayward adds, ‘While this bid was a bit hairier than most, it’s another great example of how Auckland’s vibrancy and appeal as a destination is making us stand out from other cities to secure exciting and interesting international events like this one.’