Left to right: Friends Steve Abbey, Tyler Lamb, Andy Hamilton, who was at his eight Okanagan Fest of Ale and Jeff Henderson enjoying the event at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre in 2018. Brennan Phillips/Western News

Early jump on 2019 Okanagan Fest of Ale tickets

The 24th year of the Penticton event will feature 65 vendors and over 175 brews, ciders and ales

With 65 brewers, the Okanagan Fest of Ale is one of the largest and longest-running beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest and tickets go on sale Dec. 1.

Whether you’re new to the brew or a seasoned craft beer connoisseur you won’t want to miss the 24th annual event on April 12 and 13, 2019.

“2018’s Fest of Ale was the largest in our 23-year history in terms of the number of participating breweries and ciders with 69 different vendors joining us,” said the president of the Okanagan Fest of Ale Society, John Cruickshank. “Attendance continues to grow and this year we were able to donate $60,000 to 20 different charities and not-for-profit societies. It is our not-for-profit status and our charitable contributions that make our festival different from others. To date we have given $697,600 back to the community. Tremendous thanks goes out to our volunteers who help to make giving back so generously possible and our event so successful.”

This two-day festival features over 175 quality crafted brews, ciders and cask ales for tasting in a unique indoor/outdoor venue. Enjoy your drink alongside live entertainment and local food. The festival takes place in the heart of beautiful Penticton and has been an annual draw for visitors and locals alike for over 20 years, with over 5,000 attendees at the 2018 Fest of Ale.

Related:Okanagan Fest of Ale craft beer and cider winners in Penticton

Recently voted one of the Best Beer Towns in Canada by Expedia, Penticton boasts a vibrant and lively craft beer scene and is home to five craft breweries with two more set to open their doors in 2019. Nearly a dozen craft cideries call the surrounding area outside Penticton home.

Related: Penticton among top beer cities in Canada

Organizers of the 2019 event are pleased to partner with local hoteliers to offer Sip and Stay Getaways starting at $135 a couple. Early bird tickets are priced at only $26 for a single day admission and $42 for a weekend pass and go on sale Dec. 1 at the reduced rate until Jan. 15, 2019. Fest of Ale tickets can make an ideal gift to give to the craft connoisseur on your list this holiday season.

Based on the success of last year organizers are expecting a full house and encourage you to buy your tickets soon as not to miss your chance to sip, savour and celebrate the best in craft beer and cider at the 2019 Okanagan Fest of Ale.

Tickets to the event are available online at www.ValleyFirstTix.com or in person at the Valley First Box Office at the SOEC. Ticket and accommodation specials can be found at www.FestofAle.ca. Regular Single Day Admission $29; two-day weekend Pass $49 (inclusive of tax and fees).

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