The Bennington Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Madison Brewing Co. and CAT-TV are joining forces with the folks who organized the 4 Corners North Home Brew Festival to provided the first ever Southern Vermont Wings and Winter Homebrew Festival! The festival will be held on Saturday, March 18 at the Masonic Lodge (504 Main Street) in Downtown Bennington from 12pm to 4pm. The group has invited some of the areas top home brewers asking them to bring their very best home brewed beer, cider, mead, braggot and wine for a chance to be crowned, "Best Home Brewery." In addition, the group has also invited area restaurants to submit their best chicken wings for the chance to be crowned, "Best Regional Wings."
A $30 entrance ticket to the event will get each participant a commemorative glass, the chance to try every brew and sample each restaurant's wings, and the ability to vote for the winners of each through a voting process.
“We were ecstatic when we were approached with the concept,” states Matt Harrington, executive director of the Bennington Area Chamber. “We know how popular the past two years of the 4 Corners’ North Homebrew Festival in the summer have been, so it was a pretty easy ‘yes!’ for us. Will Gardner and his team (organizers of the 4 Corners North Homebrew Festival) have really worked out a lot of the mechanics and moving parts based on their experience with these types of homebrew festivals. We’re hoping as a Chamber we can just add fuel to the fire to bring visitors in from around the region and get people excited, engaged and having fun. Homebrewing is an up and coming industry that we’re keeping an eye on as a way to attract a younger demographic into this region of Vermont. We think it could really transform the southern part of the state, making Southern Vermont a world-wide destination for carefully crafted home and nano-brews and spirits. We think this festival will help celebrate that and encourage future brewers.”
Tickets are very limited and are projected to sell out fast so if you're interested in joining us for wings and beer then get your tickets now. For more information visit: Bennington.com/homebrew.