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Beer, Wine and Spirit Festival gears up for second year

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 11:03 am

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It’s time to get into the spirit of summer with Airdrie’s second annual Beer, Wine and Spirits Festival, happening on June 20 at the Town and Country Centre.

Even though last year’s festival was hampered by heavy rains and historic flooding throughout southern Alberta, the event was able to bring in more than $5,000, according to Event Coordinator Angela Pitt, who expects this year’s event to go above and beyond last year’s success.

“Last year was kind of a mess because that was when all the flooding was going on, so it’s almost like this year is actually our first,” said Pitt.

The festival will host around 30 vendors, handing out more than 200 different samples of beer, wine and spirits, as well as popular local food vendors like Fine Balance Catering, CT Pizza and Wings and Toad and Turtle will be sampling some of their menu items.

Tickets for the event are $25, which includes admission to the festival and 10 sampling tickets, with additional tickets costing 50 cents each available for purchase at the festival. Funds raised at the event will go to Carter’s Quest for a Cure which raises money to find a cure for Hemophilia.

“The vendors set their own prices for their samples, it’s not a format where one ticket gets you one sample,” said Pitt. “A sample of scotch is going to cost a few more tickets than a sample of beer.”

Live entertainment will be provided by Vancouver musician Steve Jevne and other guest performers will add to the atmosphere of the festival that will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is an 18 and older event as alcohol will be served.

“It’s a very light and easy going event,” said Pitt. “There’s no stipulation on what time you come, there’s no dress code, just come as you are and enjoy yourself.”

Last year’s event saw nearly 400 people come out, despite poor weather conditions, and Pitt is anticipating a bigger turnout this year that will lead to procuring a larger venue in the future.

“The capacity at the Town and Country Centre is around 500 people,” said Pitt. “We’re expecting to get close to that and then hopefully next year, we can move to a little bit bigger venue and this event will continue to grow.”

For more information visit, www.airdrieevents.ca


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