El Martel

El Martel

Beer Fest brewing

NANAIMO - Annual event helps raise money for the Nanaimo Kinsmen Club.

An evening of fun is brewing for residents during the fourth annual Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Fest.

The Beer Fest is Friday (April 15) from 6-9 p.m. at the Beban Park social centre.

El Martel, vice-president and secretary of the Nanaimo Kinsmen, said it’s an opportunity “for people to cut loose and have fun.” Beer Fest features samples from 25 craft breweries from Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

“This is a huge opportunity for people,” said Martel.

He said it allows attendees to sample a variety of specialty products they might not have been aware of and maybe find a new favourite beer.

There is a maximum capacity of about 800 people and last year the event was sold out. There were attendees who got into the spirit of the festivities by dressing up in lederhosen and breeches, attire usually worn during Oktoberfest celebrations.

The event also features food provided by Nesvog Meats, St. Jean’s Cannery and Columbia Bakery.

It is also a fundraiser for the Nanaimo Kinsmen Club.

“Any money we make goes right back into the community,” said Martel.

He said the main goal of the Kinsmen is to raise money to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

“They still don’t have a cure,” he said.

The Kinsmen also invest in the community. The group’s endeavours are visible in many parts of the community through projects such as the Kin Hut near Departure Bay beach, the Kin Pool at Bowen Park and others.

AC Taxi is giving $5 off taxi fare per vehicle to Beer Fest attendees so they have a safe and affordable alternative to get home.

Tickets are $30 and include a keepsake glass, eight tastings and food. Tickets are available in advance only from Quarterway Liquor Store, Lucky’s Liquor Store, Northgate Liquor Store, Columbia Bakery and Nesvog Meats.

For more information about the Beer Fest or Kinsmen Club please call 250-668-0524.

arts@nanaimobulletin.com

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