The Nanaimo Kinsmen Club hopes to raise a glass and $18,000 for charitable causes through its sold-out Beer Fest on Friday, April 5.
Beer Fest takes place at Beban Park social centre from 6-9 p.m. and will feature Island beer and cider companies such as Mount Arrowsmith Brewing Company, Lighthouse Brewing Co., Vancouver Island Brewing, Small Block Brewery, Tod Creek Craft Cider, Gladstone Brewing Company, Merridale Cidery and Distillery, Twa Dogs Beer, Red Arrow Brewing Company, Hoyne Brewing Company and Phillips Brewing and Malting Co.
Kenneth McCann, beer festival chairman, said money raised goes to the club’s yearly post-secondary bursaries for graduating high school students among other charitable efforts.
“We work with cystic fibrosis, which is where some of that money goes to and everything in the community really,” said McCann. “Of course, we are a service organization, so people come to us randomly for money, throughout the year … We work with the child development centre.”
Last year’s event saw $20,000 raised and McCann said the goal for this year is between $16,000-$18,000.