It’s the event craft beer fans in Colchester County have been waiting for.
TAPPED Truro Craft Beer Fest will take place May 6 at the Agridome in Bible Hill as part of Craft Beer Week in Nova Scotia.
Amanda Langille and Tanya Colburne of Langille & Colburne – More Than Events have been tasked with organizing the event. They say TAPPED is shaping up to be a must-attend event for craft beer enthusiasts.
“There seems to be a real appetite for these types of events,” said Colburne. “Last fall, after all of the excitement of the exhibition came to a close, we started talking about what this complex could host that would be cool and popular while showcasing what we can host.”
Working alongside Joe Nicholson, general manager of the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition Commission Complex, plans started to fall into place.
Nicholson, who had attended a number of beer fests, recognized the events could be moulded to fit just about any scenario.
“He reached out to the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia to see if there was any interest in doing something for Craft Beer Week,” Colburne said. “He made the call in October and they were really pleased to hear something was in the works, especially since Truro is a prime location. Once we had the informal approval, we started brainstorming and over the last couple of month’s we’ve finalized a lot of the details.”
The event will kick off at 6 p.m. with a food truck rally. Langille says five food trucks will offer a diverse selection that’s sure to get people primed for the beer fest, which kicks off at 7 p.m.
In addition to sampling a variety of craft beers, Langille says there will be plenty to keep people busy.
“The Timber Lounge is coming from Halifax and they’ll be doing the axe throwing,” Langille continued. “We have a mechanical bull coming as well as some really unique vendors. One vendor has partnered with Garrison Brewery and now they’re producing several different kinds of beer soap.”
E.B. Anderson and The Resolutes will provide the music for the event, which will wind down at 10 p.m. For those who aren’t quite ready to call it a night, they’re in luck. The Nook and Cranny Brew Pub will be hosting the after party which will run until 2 a.m.
Organizers are also adamant no one should be drinking and driving. For those who don’t have a designated driver lined up, they can purchase a $5 ride in the Truro Nissan Shuttle which will take them anywhere in the greater Truro area or to the after party.
“We are looking forward to hosting TAPPED,” said Nicholson. “The complex offers the right mix of ample parking, a central location and space to host this type of event. It’s going to be very fun.”
Tickets for TAPPED are $29 and they’re available by visiting www.nspe.ca. A ticket includes 10 four ounce samples, a customized TAPPED glass and a coupon to use for the after party.
Baseball t-shirts and tank tops with the TAPPED logo will also be available for purchase.
The third annual Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week will take place May 5 to 14. In addition to TAPPED, events have been planned from one end of the province to the other. For more details, visit www.nscraftbeer.ca.