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BrewFest’s 3rd year looking to be biggest yet
SNOHOMISH - The Snohomish Senior Center’s biggest fundraiser is expecting 1,500 people this year.
To accommodate everyone, the Snohomish BrewFest will be held at the Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second St. Previously, the event was held at the smaller senior center.
The October beer festival is celebrating its third year of pouring craft beers for people who come from all over the area to taste. So far, 25 breweries have signed up to pour.
“We love the ability to bring in locals and people from outside the county to our community,” senior center executive director Bob Dvorak said. “They’re not only coming for an important fundraiser for the senior center, but to come and shop the Antique Capital of the Northwest and to sample the other foods, restaurants and pubs.”
The fundraiser’s importance to the center this year is “absolutely paramount,” Dvorak said. The senior center’s donations have dropped significantly over the last year, and the nonprofit is looking at a $25,000 operating loss.
Dvorak asked the City Council late last month for additional financial help. He asked the city to increase the city’s annual contribution of $12,000 to $36,000. The council unanimously turned down the request.
BrewFest attendance has grown quickly over the years, and the senior center is looking forward to the financial support the event will bring in.
“(Brewfest) has grown by leaps and bounds to the point where we wouldn’t fit in the senior center anymore,” program coordinator Brenda Chovanak said.
In the event’s first year, 400 people showed up, Chovanak said. Attendance for the second year exploded to 1,100 people. This year, Chovanak is expecting 1,500.
“I just had the twenty-fifth brewery turn in their contract to me,” Chovanak said last week. “It’s going to be almost like an expo.”
BrewFest is a two-day event with four-hour tasting sessions each day. BrewFest is Friday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m.
Ticket information is available at www.snohobrewfest.com.
Individual tickets include tasting tokens, a BrewFest glass to take home and the now-traditional Snohomish BrewFest Sausage Dinner, featuring sausage from local butcher Kelso’s Kustom Meats.
“The meal is so tasty that (Kelso’s) say that people ask for the BrewFest sausage all year round,” Chovanak said.
Craft beer festivals are all the rage right now, Dvorak said, and the Snohomish BrewFest is an especially quality event.
“We offer fantastic music and we give a very fair ticket price with all the things that you get,” Dvorak said. “Everyone is getting into craft beers. This isn’t an event where you come in and say I’d like a couple of Coors Lights. (Event-goers) are able to find things that are pleasing to the palate, and the brewers are happy to get the feedback because it helps them change what they brew and offer to the public.”

 

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