Well, it’s that time of year again folks. The Flatlander’s Beer Festival is coming to town. This year it will be held on June 24th and 25th with two evening entries (7 pm-10 pm) and one matinee (1 pm-4 pm) on June 25th.
So, what is Flatlander’s Beer Festival? Flatlander’s Beer Festival, is just that, an opportunity to try a variety of beers and ciders (over 160 in fact) at over 70 booths. This is all done in support of the Winnipeg Jets Foundation and is a major fundraiser for this charitable organization. The event is put on in conjunction with the Manitoba Liquor Marts and provides patrons a chance to try beers that are on their way, or already, onto Liquor Mart shelves.
Having attended this event last year, it was a great opportunity to connect with the reps from the various breweries and distributors, try a variety of interesting beers, and talk with fellow beer lovers. This year will have an added bonus of giving us the opportunity to try some of the yet to open breweries. One Great City (watch for my write-up this weekend) has two beers they will be sampling at Flatlander’s. I expect that this year’s event will give us our first chance to try some of the beers from the new breweries coming to Manitoba. Watch the website of Flatlander’s as they will be posting the list of beers soon.
There will be a few changes this year, compared to last. Specifically, the event is bigger. It is expanding beyond the ice level and up onto the concourse. The plan this year is to offer educational opportunities for patrons so that they can learn more about beer. The Manitoba Brewers Association is involved in this year’s festival and we can expect that they will have a role to play in some of these sessions. There will also be 5 food trucks giving you the opportunity to snack on some delicious food while you sample your beers.
While details are still coming on Flatlander’s for this year, hopefully this post will wet your appetite. I’m certainly going to be there, as last years’ event was great. I’m excited to give some of the new beers a try, talk to the brewers and reps who are there, and sample some of the beer from the new breweries coming to our great province.
I’ll be posting more details as I get them.
Tickets are on sale now! You can buy Tickets at Ticketmaster or at Liquor Marts. The cost for the evening events are $44.99 while the matinee on Saturday is $39.95. This includes all samples, a program and a sampling cup.
I hope to see you there!