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Chiliwack beer festival one of the most popular events around

Last year’s inaugural Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer festival sold out two months in advance, so organizers of this year’s event are warning beer lovers to secure their tickets soon. - Cornelia Naylor
Last year’s inaugural Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer festival sold out two months in advance, so organizers of this year’s event are warning beer lovers to secure their tickets soon.
— image credit: Cornelia Naylor

Few events in Chilliwack need less promotion than what’s coming up at the Cultural Centre on Sept. 20.

One word: Beer.

The second annual Fraser Valley Culture & Craft Beer Festival is back for its second year after a raucously successful inaugural one in 2013.

“We knew we were on to a good thing last year when the event sold out two months in advance; craft beer is a cultural phenomenon,” said board member and committee chair Joy St. John.

Some of the best craft breweries in British Columbia, including, of course, Chilliwack’s own award-winning Old Yale Brewing, will be in attendance.

With new craft breweries opening all over B.C. there was no shortage of companies to contact this year. Returning patrons will recognize favourites such as Scandal, Four Winds and Russell Brewing.

Breweries new to the event this year include Bomber Brewing, Vancouver Island Brewing, Hoyne Brewing Co., Red Truck, Mission Springs and Black Kettle.

The list of participating breweries is still growing and organizers expect to see more than 20 represented.

The event involves samples, snacks and live music.

Proceeds from the festival will again go to support the purchase of equipment and supplies for the Centre’s arts and crafts classes.

There will also be a silent auction featuring a mountain of beer, including product donated by participating breweries.

• Tickets are $40 and are available now—but will sell out fast—at the Cultural Centre. Purchase by calling 604-391-7469 or visit www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca. Attendees must be 19 or older.

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