By Brittany Tiplady
Giddy-up for the inaugural Clover Valley Beer Festival, happening August 11 in the heart of Cloverdale!
This first-time festival— hosted by the powerhouse team that also produces the Whistler Village Beer Festival and the Great Okanagan Beer Festival—promises an afternoon of coveted craft beer, food truck favourites, live music, and event support from local sponsorship. Clover Valley’s festival team has also partnered with Twins Cancer Fundraising as their charitable partner, who will receive proceeds from ticket sales to support their efforts on raising money for cancer-fighting charities.
Over 40 craft breweries are expected to set up camp at the fest, including Langley’s Trading Post Brewing, Central City Brewing, and Port Moody’s Yellow Dog Brewing and Parkside Brewery. “We really want to highlight BC craft beers and ciders but we also have some international brews joining us,” explains events manager Tara Myers.
Keeping festival goers well-fed is an array of local food vendors. Snack on some grub from Mike’s Perfect Perogy’s, Vancouver’s Urban Woodfired Pizza, Mediterranean cuisine from Meet2Eat, and ooey gooey gourmet grilled cheese from Sammy J’s Grill & Bar.
While your sip and sample, the Clover Valley Beer Festival team has arranged a fantastic line-up of local performers. Headlining the festival is rock-band Red Chair (they headlined the Great Okanagan Beer Festival earlier this year), and to follow, R&B ensemble JennaMae & The Groove Section, and rock-alt band Mood Therapy.
“Between bands a DJ from JR FM will be joining us to play some music as well!” adds Myers.
For those interested in attending (and why wouldn’t you be?) the damage is slim. A $45 general admission ticket includes entry to the festival and three beer tokens. An express pass will run you $60 but includes entry and 10 beer tokens and a chance to skip the lines.
“Cloverdale is such a great fit for [our events]. It could potentially become our biggest festival, yet! We also know that there is a ton of craft beer in the Fraser Valley that deserves to be celebrated, and there’s such a large local audience supporting the craft beer industry.”
The Clover Valley Beer Festival takes place from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, with last entry at 4:00 PM. Grab your tickets early online now.