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Craft Beer Festival Set For Second Year In Walkerville

Tuesday September 9th, 2014, 12:00pm


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The Windsor Craft Beer Festival makes a return this October 17th and 18th.  Craft brewers from across the province, including Windsor Essex, will be participating in the highly anticipated event.

“We’ve made a number changes to the event this year,” says festival organizer Adriano Ciotoli. “We have moved the festival down a block to the intersection of Argyle Road and Brant Street, in front of the old distillery warehouses. The festival has expanded this year to include more breweries, including Samuel Adams, the largest craft brewery in the United States.”

The Detroit Party Marching Band will also be making their second ever appearance in Canada.  A guerrilla band based in Detroit, the band has been known to appear at events unexpectedly and have played at events such as Mardi Gras, Theater Bizarre, and the Nain Rouge parade. Its repertoire is a mix of Balkan and Balkan-inspired songs, and modern pop and R&B rearranged for brass, usually by the members themselves.

Beer specialist, Mirella Amato, will be on site on the 18th providing a tasting tour to festival booths.

Mirella is the first non-US resident to earn the title of Master Cicerone, is a National Level BJCP judge and has sat on the jury for the Canadian Brewing Awards, Great American Beer Festival, European Beer Star and World Beer Cup.

There will be local entertainment, craft beers, local eats and even an ode to the brew where each hour local community leaders will take the stage, raise a glass and recite our Ode to Beer!

A Tapping of the Keg and official Opening Ceremony of the Windsor Craft Beer Festival will take place on Friday, October 17th at 6:30pm.

“Since the festival takes place in a neighbourhood setting, ticket sales are limited,” says Ciotoli. “We have had an amazing response. VIP tickets for Saturday have sold out. There are visitors coming from Michigan, Illinois, Ohio and as far up as Ottawa. This is a great boost for culinary tourism in our region and our growing craft beer industry.”

While VIP tickets for the Saturday evening have sold out, there are still VIP available for Friday as well as General Admission for both Friday and Saturday.  Tickets can be purchased online here.

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