After missing a year due to the pandemic, Brewery & The Beast is making a return. The popular and perennially sold-out food, drink and entertainment festivals will host a pair of more intimate and elevated events; in Victoria on Sunday, September 12 and Vancouver on Sunday, September 26.
Focussing on ethical, sustainable and natural farming practices and showcasing talented chefs, renowned restaurants plus the best of BC’s food and beverage scene, like sponsors Two Rivers Specialty Meats, Phillips Brewing & Malting Co. Brewery & The Beast will satisfy guests appetites with an all-you-can-enjoy, food-and-drink feast for the senses with a variety of dishes and preparations at each event, from barbecue and smoked to grilled and slow-cooked, along with beer, wine, cider and spirits.
Since its inception in 2012, Brewery & The Beast has donated more than $130,000 to organizations that work to grow the Canadian culinary industry. This year, partial proceeds from ticket sales for both events will be donated to the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, which — in keeping with the core goal of Brewery & The Beast itself — aims to inspire, nurture and showcase chefs, producers and the local food industry in BC.
This year, guests will find new features added to both city’s events, including reduced guest capacities for a more boutique, less crowded experience; upgraded washroom facilities; and new beverage partners like Island Life Hard Sparkling Water, Tito’s Vodka, Muddlers Craft Cocktails, Discovery Coffee and Sparkmouth Non-Alcoholic Beverages.
“At its core, Brewery & The Beast is an interactive experience our guests can feel good about while having a great time and we’re thrilled to be bringing it back for its ninth year in Victoria and eighth year in Vancouver,” says Scott Gurney, Director of the 17 Black Events team that organizes the Brewery & The Beast events. “We’ve got a great roster of newcomers and fan favourites lined up and are working hard to make sure this year’s return is an extra special one that continues to highlight the amazing food, drink, farms and purveyors we have access to here in BC.”
Returning Vancouver restaurants and purveyors to date include popular fixtures such as Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, Fable Diner, Juke Fried Chicken, Nightingale, PiDGiN Restaurant, Torafuku, Two Rivers Specialty Meats, La Mezcaleria, Paella Guys and Whole Foods Market, while new additions include: giovane bacaro, Miantiao, Honey Salt, Fanny Bay Oysters, Straight & Marrow, Cibo Trattoria, Bread & Butter Cafe, Osteria Savio Volpe and Saha Eatery.
In Victoria, returning restaurants and purveyors to date include fan favourites like Aura Waterfront Restaurant + Patio, Bin 4 Burger Lounge, Dumpling Drop, Lil’ Ronnie’s Beachside BBQ, Nowhere *A Restaurant, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, The Ainslie, The Whole Beast, Two Rivers Specialty Meats, Whole Foods Market, Wind Cries Mary and Wolf In The Fog, while new participants include: Bartholomew’s, Farm’s Gate Foods + Catering, Finest at Sea, Justos Craft Dips, Refire Kitchen, RockCoast Confections, The Lakehouse at Shawnigan and Wildflower Bakeshop and Cafe.
Music is always a key accompaniment on the Brewery & The Beast’s menu. Gurney remains committed to providing a showcase for the live arts at both events, with The Electric Timber Company — which has been a fixture at Brewery & The Beast since 2012 providing beats to pair with the beasts and brews, along with special guest performers from both cities.
Tickets for the Victoria event held at Starlight Stadium (1089 Langford Pkwy) sold out fast. Tickets for Vancouver’s Concord Pacific Lot (180 Pacific Boulevard) are $165.95 and go on sale July 14 online at breweryandthebeast.com/buy-tickets/.
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