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One-day festival brings together local craft beverage producers

Snow-or-shine, the beer still pours on at Collingwood Brewery Saturday
Collingwood Beer and Cider Fest will take place on Nov. 16 from 12-7pm.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to sample a selection of craft breweries and cideries from across South Georgian Bay this Saturday at the Collingwood Brewery. 

The Collingwood Beer and Cider Fest, taking place on Nov. 12 from noon to 7 p.m., will feature live music, a vendor and artisan marketplace, a food truck, and eight local breweries and cideries. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve had the other brewers here,” said Scott Smith, the taproom, retail and events manager at the Collingwood Brewery. “We’re excited to get everyone back together again and have some fun.”

The festival will be the last event the brewery hosts in their beer garden and it will take place rain or shine. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and there will be warming stations found throughout. 

“We joke, snow or shine,” said Smith. “One last hurrah before everyone moves inside for the winter.”

Local musicians Johnny Toonice will be playing from 1 to 3 p.m. and Drew Wright from 4 to 6 p.m., and Strake Sandwich Co. will be serving a variety of sandwiches and tater tot dishes all day. 

Tickets are $20 and include an 8oz branded glass that you can take home as well as three drink tokens. Additional tokens are available for purchase, and each token gets you a 4oz pour of beer or cider from any of the participating vendors. 

“There’s going to be a large variety of different beers and ciders from all the participating businesses,” said Smith. “The idea is that you get to sample a lot more.”

The Collingwood Brewery, which is one of the original craft breweries to open in Collingwood and has been around for almost a decade, used to host a beer fest before COVID-19 broke in 2020. This will be their first one since the pandemic, and Smith said they are excited to have such a diverse variety of producers all in the same place. 

“Bringing the community together was the most important thing to us,” he said. 

Tickets can be purchased on the Collingwood Brewery website

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Maddie Johnson is an early career journalist working in financial, small business, adventure and lifestyle reporting. She studied Journalism at the University of King's College, and worked in Halifax, Malta and Costa Rica before settling in Collingwood
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