Whistler Village Beer Festival 2015 (Saturday Festival) – Whistler BC


Last September I attended what turned out to be one of my favourite beer festivals in BC in the Whistler Village Beer Festival.  The weather was beautiful and the beer was amazing!  Here is last years official festival video.

Last year was such a success that this year Gibbons Events Co decided to make the Main Festival happen over two days with many satellite events that ran over 5 days.  The main Festivals took place on September 19th and 20th 2015.

While last year had epic weather this year we did not get so lucky!  But hey this is BC and we all own rain jackets so a little rain didn’t stop an epic party!  I was only able to attend the Saturday Main Event which was lucky for me as the rain was not quite as bad.  The festival was held at the Whistler Olympic Park in the Whistler Village once again.  The event started for average attendees at 1pm (opened at 12 for gatecrashers) and ran until 5pm (last call at 4:45).  I got into the grounds before the festival opened to the public and gate crashers and was to take lots of photos of the booths as they set up.

This year the Resort Municipality of Whistler gave the green light to increase the festival grounds by 40% to increase the amount of breweries to around 80.  This is impressive as 2013’s event was half the size of 2014!

Breweries involved included the following (Ordered by booth Number)

Muskoka Brewing, Steam Whistle Pilsner, Steamworks Brewin, Persephone Brewing, Big Rock Brewery, Off The Rail Brewing, Moody Ales, Russell Brewing, Red Truck Beer Company, Glutenberg, Bomber Brewing, Phillips Brewing, Howe Sound Brewing, R&B Brewing, Steel & Oak Brewing, Postmark Brewing, Lighthouse Brewing, Shacksbury, Lagunitas, Deschutes Brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing, Double Mountain Brewing, Scuttlebut, Stone Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Ninkasi Brewing, Strongbow, Maui Brewing, North Coast Brewing, Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, Czechvar, High Mountain Brewhouse, Yaletown Brewing, Big Ridge Brewing, Bowen Island Brewing, Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks, Parallel 49 Brewing, Fernie Brewing, Prohibition Brewing, Rider Cider Company, Whistler Brewing, LoneTree Cider, Stanley Park Brewing, Old Yale Brewing, Hoyne Brewing, Goose Island, Okanagan Springs, Unibroue, Tofino Brewing, Black Kettle Brewing, Central City Brewers & Distillers, Scandal Brewing, Cannery Brewing, Yellow Dog, Dead Frog Brewery, Strange Fellows Brewing, Deep Cove Brewers & Distillers, Doan’s Craft Brewing, Mt Begbie Brewing, Beverage Concepts, Pilsner Urquell, Spinnakers, Coal Harbour, Main Street Brewing, BC Tree Fruits Cider, Four Winds Brewing, Off the Rail Brewing, Granville Island Brewing, Hearthstone Brewing, Mission Springs Brewing.

Last years attendance came in around 3,500 for the festival and this year even with bad weather beat that with around 3,000 people on Saturday and 1,300 on Sunday with a total over the five day of around 5000 people (numbers from here).  Craft Beer fans are tough (and own rain gear) and we don’t stop for rain.  I could only imagine how big Sundays numbers would have been on a sunny day.

 

Like at all festivals I attend I took photos of many of the samples I drank while enjoying the event.

Even with awful weather this year everyone in attendance had a great time!  I still think this is one of the best festivals I have attended (even this year) as even though there are tons of people there are little to no lines and everyone is just having a great time!  The only issue was a lack of washrooms probably made worse with all the rain.

I am excited to see what Gibbons Events has in store for us next September!

This years top three breweries as voted by Festival Goers won 1 year tap or bottle contracts at multiple pubs in Whistler Village which is a very lucrative prize!

First Place
Parallel 49 Brewing – Longhorn Saloon, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Garibaldi Lift Co

Second Place
Fuggles & Warlock Craftworks – Tapley’s Pub, Merlins Bar & Grill, Amsterdam Pub

Third Place
Whistler Brewing Co – FireRock Lounge, Dusty’s Bar & Grill

Full sized photos here
Whistler Village Beer Festival

 

Fraser Valley Food Show 2014 – Abbotsford


I was recently invited to attend the Fraser Valley Food Show 2014 in Abbotsford BC. On Saturday October 4th I attended the event along with a bunch of other beer and food related bloggers. The event is held out at the Tradex building out at the Abbotsford Airport.

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The Fraser Valley Food Show is an annual event that showcases some of the best food vendors, food related products and alcoholic beverages.  I had heard that there was a sausage competition so I found my way towards its location and waited for it to start.  Luckily for me the competition was located right beside the drinks pavilion so I stopped in for some samples while I waited.  First off you need to buy tickets for food and drinks.  Drinks and food take different amounts of tickets.

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Once into the drink area I did a quick loop of the booths to see what they had to offer.  Once I had taken my once over look I stopped in at many booths to sample their wares.  The alcoholic drinks at this event included the following.

Erdinger Beer, McClelland Premium Imports, Red Truck Brewery, Campbell’s Gold Honey Meadery, Crush Imports, Yellowtail Wines, Old Yale Brewery, Galileo Wine & Spirits, Steam Whistle Brewing, Distiller’s Pride, Mission Springs Brewery, Kealy Beverage Company, Mt. Lehman Winery, Parallel 49 Brewery, Philippe Dandurand Wiines, Beverage Concepts, Network Beverages Ltd., Domaine Pinnacle, Glutenberg Beer, Barkerville Brewing

Once the Sausage competition started I headed over to the line and paid my few tickets to try all the sausages.  Once finished we got to vote on our favourite of the bunch.  The overall champion for the event was Anita Pichlmeier of Black Forest Meats out of North Vancouver.

Once I finished up with the tasting and voting for my favorite sausage (made by Beast & Brine) I headed into the festival proper.  All kinds of food venders were on hand to give out sample of their products to either sell to you on site of bring you back to their place of business.  There were all kinds of great stands handing out great meat samples.  There was also a second theme to this years festival.  It was the Gluten-free living show.  The gluten-free thing is lost on me but there were some pretty tasty samples that excluded gluten.  The venders included the following.

ALL OF OILS, WHOLESOME OILS & VINEGARS, ARBONNE, AROMA BAKE HOUSE, AZUMA FOODS (CANADA) CO., BATTEN INDUSTRIES, BC BROILER HATCHING EGG PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION, BC BUZZ HONEY, BC CANCER AGENCY – PREVENTION PROGRAMS, BC CHICKEN GROWERS ASSOCIATION, BC CRANBERRY MARKETING COMMISSION, BC MEATS, BC PORK, BEANFIELDS, BEEZ & TREEZ SPECIALTY FOODS, BLAZES BEANS INC, BONNE SANTE DISTRIBUTING, BORN 3 MARKETING CORP, BOXMASTER, CABIN FEVER SWEET SENSATIONS, CANADIAN CELIAC ASSOCIATION, CHECKERS PREMIUM FUDGE, CHECKERS SALES & MARKETING, CHEF NOSE SPICES, CHOCOLATAS, CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS, COCONAMA CHOCOLATE CO. LTD, COOKING ESSENCE, COOL-IT HIWAY SERVICES INC, COUNTRY PRIME MEATS LTD, CUTCO CUTLERY, DAIRY FARMERS OF CANADA, DAMIANI FINE FOODS, DIRECT BUY, ENERJIVE, EPICURE SELECTIONS, FAR-MET QUALIFIRST, FIELD TO FORK HERBS, FIRE BELLY SAUCE COMPANY INC, FORTE WHOLE FOODS INC, FORTIS BC, GELDERMAN FARMS LTD, GLEAM GUARD INTERNATIONAL, GOOD SEED HEMP COMPANY LTD, GOURMET CREATIONS LTD, GRANOLA GIRL, GREEN EARTH ORGANICS, GRIPSTIC, HAPPY DAYS DAIRIES LTD, HAPPY PLANET FOODS INC, HONEYVIEW FARM, HOPCOTT PREMIUM MEATS, INTRAWEST RESORT & CLUB GROUP, INVESTORS GROUP FINANCIAL SERVICES, IT WORKS! INDEPENDENT DISTRIBUTOR, ITALIAN KITCHEN SAUCE COMPANY, JD FARMS SPECIALITY TURKEY, JOHNSTONS, JUMP UP AND GOGO, JW SALES AND MARKETING, KB HONEY PROCESSORS/WESTERN SAGE HONEY, LUPITA MEXICAN FOODS, MARIE`S GUILT FREE BAKERY, MASSAGE CHAIRS, MAYACAMAS FINE FOODS, MR MOMS WORLD CATERING, NATUR-A, NATURES PATH FOODS INC, NORWEX, OCEAN SALES LTD, OH GREEN BIOTECH LTD, OKANANGAN PINK SALT COMPANY, OMEGA CRUNCH, OMEGA NUTRITION CANADA INC, PAMPERED CHEF, THE, PAULING LABS INC, PROSNACK NATURAL FOODS INC, RA ENERGY FOODS, RHINELAND CUTLERY, S&B GLUTEN FREE INC, SALADMASTER COOKWARE, SALT SPRING SEA SALT LTD, SEASONED GOURMAND FOODS, SEDOS OLD FASHIONED BUTCHER + DELI, SHEN YUN SHOW VANCOUVER ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, SHUSWAP INFUSIONS TEA, SIMPLY DELISH SOUP & SALAD, SPICEWORKS FOOD CREATIONS, SPOLUMBOS SPECIALTY SAUSAGE, STUFFERS SUPPLY COMPANY, SUNDANCE SEAFOOD, TUPPERWARE, U-BE-LIVIN-SMART INC, UNIQUE FIRE & SAFETY, VILLAGE CHEESE COMPANY, WATKINS, WEST COAST CHRISTMAS SHOW, WINELAND DRESSINGS, WISE BITES, YB! GLUTEN FREE BAKERY, YOUR INSPIRATION AT HOME, ZARAS PASTA

My favourite of the samples had to be the Fire Belly Hot Sauce from Fire Belly Sauce.

I quite enjoyed the event as it had so much great food and some great beverages to boot.  I recommend that anyone who enjoys food and beverages head out to this event next year.  You will not only get to try out some great products but also find new favourites that you can bring into your daily lives.

Full sized photos can be found here.

Fraser Valley Food Show
http://www.fraservalleyfoodshow.com/
Tradex Centre
1190 Cornell Street.
Abbotsford BC

Steveston Beer Fest 2013 – October 5th 2013


On October 5th, 2013 O’hare’s Gastropub and Liquor Store held the first annual Steveston Beer Fest an event raising money for the Richmond Christmas Fund.  Tickets cost $40 and included all beer, one German Sausage on a bun and lots of other food samples.  There was also a 50/50 draw and lots of merchandise for sale.

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Steveston may not seem like the most likely place for a beer festival being a small village in Richmond but a location like the Gulf of Georgia Cannery a National Historic Site built in 1894 turned out to be an amazing location!  It does not hurt that transit from Vancouver to Steveston is very easy taking the Canada line and then one of two buses.  The Gulf of Georgia Cannery is a really interesting Museum that displays the history of fisheries in the area.  The layout of the museum was great for having beer booths and food booths spread out over the large 55,000 square foot area.

There were many breweries involved in the event mostly from British Columbia but also from Washington, Oregon, Ontario, Quebec and around the world.  Here is a partial List.

Beer Agents and Breweries:

AFIC Group
Beerthirst
Beverage Concepts
Big Surf Beer Co
Bravo Beer Co
Cannery Brewing
Central City Brewing
Copper and Theory
Driftwood Brewery
Fernie Brewing Co
Four Winds Brewing
Granville Island Brewing
Horizon Beers
Howe Sound Brewing
Hoyne Brewing
Just Here for the Beer
McClelland Beers
Mill St. Brewery
Modern Malt
Ninkasi Brewing
Parallel 49 Brewery
Peacock & Martin
Prohibition Brewing
Shock Top
Skagit River Brewing
Stanley Park Brewery
Steam Whistle Brewing
Steamworks Brewing
Tree Brewing
Tin Whistle Brewing
Unibroue

Other Venders Involved:

Bean & Beyond Cafe
Bell’s Bake Shop
Blue Canoe Waterfront Restaurant
D Original Sausage Haus
Happy Water
Hog Shack Cook House
Mandalay Lounge & Steakhouse
O’hare’s Gastropub
Paho’s Fish and Chips
Richmond Christmas Fund
Steveston Pizza Co
Tapenade Bistro

Enough with words for a second.  Here are the photos from the event.

The event was full of amazing beer and amazing people but then if you are into the craft beer scene you would come to expect this already.  I am a sucker for Craft Beer events and I am always happy to help raise money for a Charity so this event was the best of both worlds!  I would like to thank O’hare’s Gastropub for putting on this amazing event and I can not wait until next year to see what you have in store for us!

Full sized photos can be found here.