Craft brewing fans get ready

Organiser Elsje Smuts, of Trueblue Communications & Events
Organiser Elsje Smuts, of Trueblue Communications & Events

Lovers of craft beer will get to enjoy some interesting new microbrewery brands with a visit to the inaugural Craft Brew and Food Fest in Port Elizabeth this weekend. The event kicks off today at 4pm in the former Valley Market venue in Baakens Valley, in the warehouses at the corner of Alabaster and Lower Valley Roads.

Festival goers may try more than 20 different craft beer brands and boutique wines from around South Africa, each paired with food.

Organiser Elsje Smuts, of Trueblue Communication and Events, is also the driving force behind the Bay’s Christmas in the Home annual market.

She and Jonathan Roche, her technical partner on the craft brew side, have pulled out all the stops to create “a unique taste experience”.

The festival is all about enjoying fine craft beer and artisanal food with family and friends in a relaxed environment, Smuts says. And craft beer is one of the fastest growing sectors in the food and beverage category worldwide, as Roche points out.

Beer lovers will get to taste both familiar and new craft beers, as well as ciders.

Several chefs and foodie personalities have been roped in to create food and nibbles for each craft beer category or style.

Catch the fest from 4 to 10pm today and 11am to 5pm tomorrow.

Basic entry is R20 per person with children under 12 years free. The R100 beer-taster package is for over-18s only and includes the entry fee, a recyclable bottoms-up cup and six craft beer tasters.

Additional taster tickets can be bought inside.

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