California Festival of Beers celebrates 30th anniversary
Throwback thirty theme celebrates 30 years of beer over Memorial Day weekend
–The California Festival of Beers (“BeerFest”) has put a reduced number of tickets on sale in celebration of its 30 anniversary this year. The festival held at the Madonna Inn Expo over Memorial Day weekend May 27-28 starts on Friday with an “Arts and Drafts” Connoisseur Tasting, featuring craft beers, cuisine, live entertainment and local art. On Saturday, the Grand Tasting will take place in the Madonna Inn Meadows.
The theme for this year’s event is “Throwback Thirty” and only 3,000 tickets will be available for purchase, 1,000 less than purchased the previous year. The festival will feature beer tasting from local, regional and national breweries and a lineup of musicians including Louie and Talia Ortega on May 27 and the Chase Walker Band and Generation Gap on May 28. The first BeerFest took place in 1986, and in the past 30 years it has grown to become one of the largest beer festivals in California.
The festival is also looking for more than 200 volunteers who must be 21 years of age and a $15 non-refundable donation is required to secure a position. All volunteers receive an official T-shirt and a complimentary ticket to the Friday or Saturday event in exchange for a minimum three-hour shift of volunteer service. More information about volunteer opportunities is available at www.californiafestivalofbeers.com/volunteer.
The festival is a benefit event managed and maintained by Hospice of San Luis Obispo County, a non-profit grief counseling organization, that receives all of the proceeds. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.californiafestivalofbeers.com.