Sometimes you’ll have friends and neighbors over for a party, knock around the yard a bit while the kids play, maybe have a beer and shoot the breeze. That is just the atmosphere the City of Salisbury, Shore Craft Beer, and The Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District hope to recreate with its second annual Salisbury Shore Craft Beer Fest and Riverwalk Celebration, slated for 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 24 in Riverwalk Park. The scope and footprint of the event are slated to expand for the second year.
Vendors, nonprofits, local brewers and food trucks will set up on both the north and south banks of the Wicomico River, west of Division Street near the library. This year’s event will feature more kids entertainment and diversions, more vendors and more craft beer than ever before. There will also be food trucks with beer and food pairing suggestions available. The Wicomico County Library is again participating with crafts and other activities.
This family friendly, pet-friendly event is free and open to the public. For those who want unlimited samples of some of the more than 30 beers from all and only local breweries that will be in attendance, tickets and details are available online at http://www.shorecraftbeerfest.com/salisbury-riverwalk.html Prices at the door are $35 for General Admission tickets and $50 for VIP admission. Attendees can save money by buying their tickets in advance. The first 600 attendees will receive commemorative glasses and VIPs will receive t-shirts and an extra hour at the festival.
“Shore Craft Beer is such a great organization, with a mission to promote the locally produced beers in our area,” said Jamie Heater, executive director of the Salisbury Arts and Entertainment District, which is helping put on the festival. “We are thrilled to be able to facilitate them coming to our Downtown, and yes, we think beer brewing counts as an artform!”
Breweries already committed include 3rd Wave from Delmar, Dogfish Head from Milton, Blue Earl in Smyrna, Tall Tales in Parsonsburg, Fin City in West Ocean City, and, of course, Salisbury’s own Evolution Craft Brewery. A full list of participants is updated weekly at ShoreCraftBeerFest.com where you also can purchase tickets.
Suggested caption:Dozens of young families came out to last year’s Salisbury Shore Craft Beer Fest and Riverwalk Celebration, which featured food trucks, vendors and kid’s activities as well as more than 30 local beers.