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Lexington Beerfest aims to quench thirst, build community

Main Street in Lexington is preparing for a boost in traffic with the upcoming Lexington Craft Beerfest at the upcoming Icehouse Amphitheater Oct. 15 from 6 until 10 p.m. There will be plenty of brew, local food and entertainment for everyone 21 and over.

This is the first Craft Beerfest but definitely not the last, according to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce’s Connor Watkins. “We definitely want this to be an annual event,” he said.

Attendees can expect to sample 28 different beer vendors offering a total of 59 beers, local food from area restaurants and food trucks and listen to 20 RIDE, a Zac Brown Band tribute band, Watkins explains. So far, the restaurants on board are Travinia’s, Old Mill Brewpub, Tin Lizzy’s, DeLucca’s Italian Grill, The Wolf Pizza Company and Yummie Creations, Inc. Watkins encourages restaurants who want to be a part of festivities to visit the Chamber at 311 West Main St. in person or go online to www.lexingtonsc.org.beer-fest-logo-full-color-01-01

“There is a $175 fee to be a food vendor,” said Watkins, adding that vendors who are Lexington Chamber members receive 85% of their sales whereas non-Lexington Chamber members receive 70% of their sales during the festival.

As for tickets for the general public, they are $30 and people may go online to www.lexingtonsc.org or by the Lexington Chamber to purchase.

“This event will benefit Lexington as it brings people directly to Main Street,” said Watkins. “The chamber and town (of Lexington) are excited to see Main Street turn into a thriving community spot. We are excited to bring people to the amphitheater.”

Some reminders to keep in check during the Beer Fest are as follows: Bring printed ticket to enter and there is no reentry, a Beer Fest guide will be provided showing descriptions of each brewery and beer, all beer tastings are included with the ticket, no one under 21 admitted, no pets and no other alcohol allowed. Finally, there is always the possibility that beer may run out so it’s always good to come early and bring your taste buds!

* This post was updated with latest event details on October 11th, 2016.

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