17th Annual Spring Beer and Wine Fest

Spring Beer and Wine Fest
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One of Portland’s original beer festivals, the 17th annual Spring Beer & Wine Fest returns to the Oregon Convention Center for another year of exceptional artisan food and drink.

New this year, the festival will partner with the Portland chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to send kids, who are battling neuromuscular diseases, to summer camp. Multiple local craft breweries and wineries will generously donate one-of-a-kind specialty beers and wines that will only be available at the MDA booth. Festival attendees can help send a kid to camp by making a $5.00 donation in exchange for a 14 oz beer or 5 oz glass of wine. All fundraising proceeds will help local MDA families.

Festival-goers will enjoy samples of more than 80 craft beers, 30 regional wineries and many local artisan spirits, plus delectable tastes of specialty cheese and handcrafted chocolate, all while mingling with brewers, winemakers and other craftspeople. In addition, the festival will also offer a global shopping marketplace, cooking demonstrations and educational seminars on the Chef’s Stage, and live music featuring Northwest bands including Keegan Smith & the Fam.

“As the Spring Beer & Wine Fest continues to evolve each year, we are able to bring even more of the best artisan food and drink under one roof for everyone to enjoy,” says festival founder and director Steve Woolard. “Plus, while eating, drinking and being merry, we are also strengthening our commitment to the community, with a generous portion of proceeds benefiting local charities such as MDA and American Heart Association (AHA).”

The Spring Beer & Wine Fest will be open Friday – Saturday, April 22-23, 2011, from Noon – 11 p.m. both days at the Oregon Convention Center (777 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, Ore.).

Admission is free for the first 1000 each day, or $5 after 2 p.m. Tasting packages are available for $20, which includes admission, a wine glass or plastic beer mug and 10 tokens. Purchased individually, sampling tokens are $1 and may be used for beer, wine, spirits and food. A mug or glass is required for beer tasting. The festival features Rastal glasses.

Minors accompanied by an adult are permitted until 7 p.m. each day; children ages 12 and younger are free.

For more information about specific vendors and a detailed event schedule, visit the Spring Beer & Wine Fest website: http://www.springbeerfest.com.

The Spring Beer & Wine Fest, Inc is a not-for-profit organization with proceeds going to help local charities. More information: www.springbeerfest.com

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