For its second year, Longview’s Crafted Brew Fest has almost doubled its participating breweries and cideries.
The beer and food festival, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 20 at R.A. Long Park, boasts at least seven food vendors and 27 breweries and cideries.
“We were excited with the success of (the festival) last year and how people perceived the event,” Longview Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Wills said Wednesday. “This year we had a lot longer time to coordinate the event. Last year we did it in seven weeks. This year we kicked it off in January.”
Last year about 1,600 people attended the event. Wills said organizers hope 2,000 to 3,000 do so this year. On Facebook, nearly 3,000 people said they were interested in attending. And people from Tumwater and Seattle have already purchased presale tickets, Wills said.
Tickets for the festival are $25 and include the entrance fee, a mug and 10 beer tokens. Presale tickets for the same price are available on the festival website or Facebook page.
A 3-ounce beer taster will cost one token, a 6-ounce taster will cost two tokens and a full 12-ounce beer will cost four tokens. Extra tokens will be available for $2 each.
The event is strictly for people over the age of 21. Attendees will be carded.
Designated drivers and non-drinkers get into the festival for free, but they must still be over the age of 21. And RiverCities Transit is offering rides for $1 throughout the day until the last route at 4 p.m.
Revenue from alcohol sales goes to the Rotary Club of Longview and revenue from the entrance fees goes to the Longview Parks and Recreation Department. The Rotary plans to pool its revenue from alcohol sales last year and this year for a major park enhancement project, Wills said.
Marc Silva, a member of the Rotary and Crafted organizer, said the community support has helped the event grow.
“When we were meeting with different sponsors, they wanted to be a part of it even if they aren’t a taproom in town. And several stores on Commerce Avenue are sponsors as well,” he said Wednesday.
He said they are encouraging attendees to park downtown and walk to the festival so they can visit local shops on the way.
The layout of the festival will be slightly different this year, with live musical performances at the new gazebo and the breweries spread out on the lawn, Wills said. (See breakout box on music times.)
There will also be food vendors and marketplace vendors selling beer-themed items.
And cornhole doubles teams can participate in a tournament with a five-game guarantee for $100 per team.
Attendees can bring lawn chairs, blankets and lawn games. However, aerial games like footballs and frisbees are prohibited, along with tobacco or marijuana products and outside food and drinks.
The event is on the same day as the city’s Swim Dash Splash Triathlon so people can come into town for multiple reasons, Wills said.
“Too many times it seems like people felt like if they wanted to go to an event like this they had to go to Portland,” Silva said. “But now we have an opportunity for people to get together in our community.”
Organizers are still accepting applications from marketplace vendors, sponsorships and volunteers for the afternoon part of the event.
“If you’re a local in the community, it’s something fun you can do close to home,” Wills said. “If you’re not local, I hope it’s something fun that draws you in and that you tell all your friends about.”