Craft beer and meals pageant steers patrons in Chemainus’ direction

Tremendous exhilaration is constructing in tiny city Chemainus about a massive competition.

The Chemainus Enterprise Enhancement Affiliation is proud to host the Cowichan Craft Beer & Foodstuff Festival in Chemainus for the third time and 1st considering the fact that 2019 prior to the pandemic shut most anything down.

The pageant on Saturday, Aug. 13 will aspect 33 Vancouver Island and B.C. regional breweries additionally a selection of artisan food items stores from within just the Cowichan area and merchandise sellers.

Organizers are thrilled about the event’s return.

“An occasion of this magnitude is generally held in a much larger market like Victoria or Vancouver and we are so fired up to see it return to our superb minor town,” explained Krystal Adams, govt director of the CBIA and the competition.

Regarding any fears about more COVID restrictions, “as extensive as we have a location to host it, with beer to serve, and persons wanting to come, we are ready to find a way to make it risk-free for persons to show up at in whatsoever capacity is safest,” she added. “People are aching to return to events these types of as these and it is fascinating to be welcoming them back again into the Cowichan location and Chemainus.”

The competition is distinctive in its concentrate exclusively on the craft beer motion. It is a person of only a couple BC Craft Brewers Guild sanctioned festivals. Just like the past occasion pre-COVID, it stays the 2nd most significant craft beer party – by assortment of beer – on the Island.

The very last festival bought out well just before the party with hundreds on the hold out listing.

“The party was so well-known and nicely-been given that we ended up nevertheless fielding requests decades later to see its return,” pointed out Adams. “We will not disappoint and we will be maximizing the encounter with supplemental reside songs, seating regions and significant online games for a very little extra fun.”

Michelle Williams was employed as celebration coordinator to do the job along with Adams to manage the fantastic details.

“This occasion is so a lot extra than just about beer, it’s a neighborhood of distributors, volunteers and persons that make this occasion what it is,” additional Williams. “I am very grateful to be a component of the pleasure this 12 months.”

The organizers are performing with various transportation providers to supply shuttles running to and from Victoria, Langford, Duncan, Crofton, Ladysmith, Nanaimo and Chemainus. Transportation is staying arranged from parking parts in Duncan and Chemainus to the pageant at the Chemainus Ball Park, 9740 Elm St.

Supporting associates these as Riot Brewing Co. as the hometown brewery are also getting confirmed.

Tickets are for sale on the web at and around the island at locations in Victoria, Langford, Nanaimo, Ladysmith and many key spots through Duncan, Crofton and Chemainus.

Pricing was a essential consideration in planning the event. To meet up with that need, tickets are made available at $27.99 for general admission.

Tickets are not predicted to be obtainable at the function, with a sell-out predicted. Each and every ticket allows for entry into the pageant as properly as live audio on the competition grounds, five tasting tokens, a commemorative keepsake tasting glass and the opportunity to get a valuable door prize.

VIP tickets are also remaining provided once more this year for early entry with an added hour of tasting time, double the tokens and other benefits.

Adams added volunteers are continue to staying sought for the event in exchange for tickets. There’s also some paid out positions remaining, with no encounter essential.

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It’s a great time to sample some amazing craft beer and food on Aug. 13, says Krystal Adams and Michelle Williams. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It is a great time to sample some remarkable craft beer and meals on Aug. 13, says Krystal Adams and Michelle Williams. (Image by Don Bodger)