Good times are brewin'
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 01:48:42 GMT —
The fifth annual Traverse City Summer Microbrew and Music Festival is taking over the Village at Grand Traverse Commons Friday night.
Set up began Friday morning for the two-day celebration which will feature almost 50 microbreweries, over 300 craftbrews, and great live music.
And if beer isn't your thing - there is also a mix of fine wine, cider meade, and delicious food to enjoy.
The festival takes the volunteer work of 150-200 people, and although this event is for those 21+, organizers say they'd be open to a root beer festival! In past years, the microbrew fest has drawn crowds of 8,000-10,000 people, and they're hoping for that many this year.
New this year is the launch of the mobile-tent project. The tent system can break up to have four tents/stages or put together to make one 4,000 capacity venue.
Organizers say that with the multiple choices of drinks and food and almost a dozen different musical performances this year there'll be something for everyone - and it's all for a good cause.
"The numbers are really cool!" said Sam Porter, the owner of Porterhouse Productions. "We've raised over 45,000 pounds of food for our local food pantries/food banks and children's advocacy center. So there's so much good in all of the party - I mean, the purpose is really as important as the party."
The festival runs until 10 tonight - tickets are still available at the gate for forty dollars.
Saturday's events run from 4-10pm and tickets for the day are 45 bucks.
There are free shuttles from downtown.