A new festival hits the region in just under 30 days featuring craft beer, art, music, games, and education. Organizers from Fredericksburg-based Eastern Sports Management (ESM) will produce the annual touring event at the Fredericksburg Field House on April 6, which was previously held in Virginia Beach.
The festival’s inaugural Fredericksburg date will be headlined by three-time Grammy-nominated southern blues-rockers North Mississippi Allstars with support from Virginia’sPeople’s Blues of Richmond and The Trongone Band. “I like to think of it as an intimate music festival with ridiculously good beer,” says Kristi Finigan, Director of Regional Business Development for ESM.
Upwards of 40 Virginia breweries will be in attendance with several others coming in from out of state. Imbibe will also feature a curated Artisan Market featuring around 20 regional artists who will be showcasing their handmade wares throughout the event. Food trucks from as far as Richmond will make the trek to serve up food to guests. The festival also provides a Craft Soda Garden for non-drinkers or anyone looking to take a step away from the libations for a bit. With more than 20 styles of handcrafted sodas and kombuchas poured in this area alone, everyone will be able to enjoy a unique tasting experience as their friends.
“I think what sets us apart from so many other festivals in the state is our focus on education. There are a vast array of fantastic artisan brewers here in Virginia, but there’s so much more involved in the craft beverage scene, especially here in the Commonwealth, and we aim to showcase as much as we can on our BrewU Education Stage. It really sheds some light on some of the farmers, purveyors, chefs, mixologists, distillers, and historians that can very effectively tell the story of Virginia’s beverage industry as a whole.” This stage will play host to industry professionals including renown Virginia beer historian, Lee Graves, as well as leaders from the University of Richmond, Murphy and Rude Malting Co., 1781 Brewing Co.,Adventure Brewing Co., Stafford Brewers Club, Spencer Devon Brewing, and the list goes on. The festival rolls out its full BrewU Craft Education Stage lineup at 2 pm today on its website.
Indian Motorcycle of Fredericksburg will be debuting two of their never-before-seen models at the event as well as presenting the event’s VIP Experience. Here, patrons can take advantage of premier views of the Main Stage, early entry to the festival, indoor restrooms, specialty brews unavailable elsewhere on site, and unique tasting experiences from Catoctin Creek Distilling Co. and Belle Isle Moonshine. VIP tickets are limited and include all of the above for $75.
Also being announced today is the Official After Party which will be held just down the street from the event site at Strangeways Brewing Co. Admission is free, and attendees can expect live music and abundant food options from RVA’s Smohk food truck.
The festival has partnered with Fredericksburg’s Towne Place Suites who is offering a discounted room block, which is available on the event website. Guests may purchase a $10 round trip shuttle pass at the time of booking their tickets and room so that they may leave their vehicles at the hotel and enjoy a safe ride to and from the event.
The Imbibe Craft Beer & Arts Festival is exclusively 21 and up and takes place at the Fredericksburg Field House at 3411 Shannon Park Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Hours are 1 pm – 6 pm for VIP ticket holders ($75 while supplies last) and 2 pm – 6 pm for General Admission ($45 in advance, $55 at the gate, if available). To purchase tickets and get more information on this event including a full list of participating breweries, artisan vendors, musical acts, accommodations options, schedules, and volunteer opportunities, visit www.imbibeva.com. Interested parties may also follow the event on social media using their handle, @imbibeva, and #imbibefxbg.