Save the Date: VCBW Craft Beer & Music Festival returns to Vancouver, July 9–10, 2022
One of Vancouver’s most iconic summer events makes an exciting return to the PNE Fairgrounds, under new ownership
Save the date as VCBW Craft Beer & Music Festival, the Lower Mainland’s largest craft beer event returns to the PNE Fairgrounds from July 9 to 10, 2022, presented by Go RVing Canada. This year’s festival returns bigger and better than ever before, led by an experienced new ownership team. The festival will feature over 150 craft beers and ciders, with participating breweries and cideries from around the world. While craft beer remains the cornerstone of the festival, VCBW continues to evolve into a celebration of so much more. This summer’s event, unlike prior years, will offer live music from a lineup of notable Canadian artists, feature local art displays and showcase some of the city’s best chef pop-ups and food trucks.
VCBW is taking place under new ownership this year, with the recently formed event production company Feaster, led by seasoned local event producers Dax Droski of Parade Agency and Adam Bloch of Hopscotch Festivals & Events, guiding VCBW to its next chapter. The duo have formally partnered as Feaster to breathe new life into the popular craft beer festival. Droski and Bloch bring over 40 years of combined experience producing quality events in BC, with the pair collaborating together for over 5 years to produce large-scale, world-renowned events including Hopscotch Vancouver, Hopscotch Kelowna, Whisky Global, Punchbowl, The Cup (Formerly Deighton Cup), Whisky Smoke, Harvest Haus and Greenwood Stakes.
“VCBW has been an incredible event in Vancouver for the past decade. It has offered British Columbia a platform to showcase itself as a global leader in craft beer,” says Droski. “Looking to the future, VCBW is no longer only for the beer aficionado. While lovers of craft brews have played an instrumental role in making this event the summer staple it is today, now is the time for VCBW to welcome everyone, including the entire spectrum of beer drinkers.” The team is looking forward to safely reuniting with the community to share some incredible beer, cider, food, music and art.
Festival goers can expect to see more breweries and cideries than ever before, including those from BC, the rest of Canada and internationally. Guests will be able to taste the latest brews and learn about craft beer from local fan favourites including 33 Acres Brewing, Barnside Brewing Co., Twin City, House of Funk, Beere Brewing Co., Neighbourhood Brewing and Container Brewing, to name a few. The full brewery and cidery lineup is available online, with new additions being made daily.
“We’ve scheduled two-days of jam-packed music from some of Canada’s top artists to create an experience that will be well worth the price of admission,” explains Bloch. On the Stanley Park Brewing SunSetter Live Stage, VCBW visitors can expect performances from Toronto alternative rock band, Bedouin Soundclash and Vancouver-based artist Titus Bank, on Saturday, July 9, and Montreal indie rock band, Half Moon Run along with Nova Scotia DJ Skratch Bastid, on Sunday, July 10. The festival will also welcome Vancouver-based charitable organization Music Heals.
Attendees will be able to take in some of Vancouver’s best local restaurants and pop-ups including Rosie’s BBQ & Smokehouse, Jamoneria by ARC (Arc Iberico), Wandering Mollusk Oyster Bar and BKH Singaporean-style BBQ, as well as a Food Truck Food Court, curated by the Vancouver Food Truck Society. Each food truck will feature a signature menu item alongside a festival-only special.
There will be tiered general admission and VIP tickets available for purchase starting May 3rd, with ticket prices increasing as tiers sell out. Ticket prices start at $30 for general admission and $70 for VIP, with the best value being a pre-sale two-day pass available for $49. All ticket pricing can be found online. A VIP ticket provides attendees with exclusive early admission to the festival, a private entrance, a private stage front viewing space and a private bathroom area. Event organizers strongly recommend pre-registering on the website for pre-sale tickets which can be done online now, so interested attendees don’t miss out.
“Between the quality (and quantity) of craft beer available, the musical lineup, delicious food options, affordable ticket price and the fact that society as a whole is eager to return to events, we think VCBW is set to be the event of the summer,” says Bloch.
In efforts to continue to modernize the event, VCBW will be cashless. Show organizers have implemented an RFID wristband payment system. All attendees will receive a wristband before the festival starts that they will pre-load with money to purchase beer and food onsite. At the event’s close, all attendees will be refunded for any remaining money left on their wristbands.
The VCBW Craft Beer & Music Festival will take place at the PNE Fairgrounds, 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10. Safety and inclusivity remains a top priority for the annual festival as it welcomes everyone back. To pre-register for pre-sale tickets and to subscribe to VCBW’s newsletter to be the first to get the latest news visit www.vcbw.ca
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About VCBW: As one of Vancouver’s most iconic summer events, in 2022 VCBW Craft Beer & Music Festival will make a triumphant return – bigger and better than ever before. After being taken over by seasoned new ownership, VCBW is on its way to becoming the largest craft beer, art and music festival in the Pacific Northwest. With over 150 craft beers and ciders, breweries, local art displays, food from some of the best chefs, restaurants and live music from talented mainstream artists, VCBW is set to be a summer celebration for all attracting more than just craft beer fans from around the Lower Mainland and beyond.
About Feaster: Feaster is a recently formed Vancouver-based event production company led by Dax Droski of Parade Agency and Adam Bloch of Hopscotch Festivals & Events. Feaster is a leader in creative, experiential event production, taking them from ideation to full execution. The duo have collaborated for over 5 years and have 40 years of combined experience producing large-scale, world-renowned BC events including Hopscotch Vancouver, Hopscotch Kelowna, Whisky Global, Punchbowl, The Cup (Formerly Deighton Cup), Whisky Smoke, Harvest Haus and Greenwood Stakes. Feaster acquired VCBW Craft Beer & Music Festival in 2022 and have made significant updates to the popular event with the ultimate goal of making it the largest craft beer, art and music festival in the Pacific Northwest.
Media release and images provided by Megan Howarth, Reformation.