Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lehigh Valley Brewfest

The annual Lehigh Valley Brewfest is happening this Saturday in Easton. Yes we do still live in Bethlehem but apparently I spend all of my time and money in Easton. On October 17 in Hugh Moore Park, about 1,000 people are expected to taste a ton of different kinds of beer, enjoy music, food, and some beautiful scenery.

If you are "not a big beer person," which is apparently the excuse everyone who is not going is using, that is okay. The point of the 'fest is to introduce you to new things - perhaps even a beer or two you might like - so unless you don't like people (which is a whole other thing), you should still go. There are over 25 breweries and each one will have at least two beers to sample. Some taste like fruit, some taste like wine, and some taste like flavorful beer, but I doubt that anything will taste like Miller Light.

If you ARE "a big beer person," then perhaps the Connoisseur Tasting that starts at 12:30 might be for you. If not, hop on the shuttle from the city parking deck with the rest of us at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the event. At last year's event, a technology hiccup made the line move slowly, but I've been assured that it won't be a problem this year.

If you have never been to Hugh Moore Park, it is a beautiful wooded recreation area maintained by the folks at the Canal Museum. It's just a couple of miles from downtown Easton, along the Lehigh River. If you're game for an educational field trip, there will even be a chance to take a canal boat ride and sober up a little. There will also be information about the organization that benefits from the 'fest, Equi-librium, inside the tent.
this could be you.

Your ticket price does not include the cost of food, but you can pick up reasonably-priced eats from the vendors on site: Pearly Bakers, Sagra Cooking, Stewarts Concessions, A Great American Sausage, Dave's Ice Cream, Wood's Wings, Fat Daddy's BBQ, Mex-Tex Trio, and 3rd St. Cafe.

At the end of the event, the shuttle will take you back to downtown Easton, where you can grab a bite to eat (last year we went to Sette Luna - yum) or continue the party at any of the downtown bars. The event is rain or shine, under tents and on grass. Wear sensible footwear and we'll see you there.

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