MARK DeWOLF: The Seaport Cider & Beerfest is back

After more than two years of pandemic lockdowns, beer will once again be flowing on the Halifax waterfront this summer. The Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest titled is returning, but this time they have added a new event Fizzfest.

The event is the brainchild of long-time event planner Bruce Mansour (Make it Happen) and Garrison Brewing Company owner Brian Titus, started in 2007. By 2019, the last time the event was hosted, attendance had grown to 5,000. This year’s event, scheduled from August 4th to 6th outside the Seaport Market on Marginal Road, is expected to attract 6,000 people to the waterfront. The events play host to more than 50 breweries and cideries pouring more than 200 different products.

Mansour says “it is great to be back, and it’s great to be reviving a summer tradition that reconnects so many people for a fun day out. Of course, it is also nice to do a little good while you are having fun. The festival has raised over 50 thousand dollars for charities since inception and we are delighted to be partnering with Adsum House for Women and Children again, this year.”

More than 50 per cent of beers and ciders poured at the event are not available at NSLC stores. Festival goers will see lots of new offerings, especially local products, which account for 60 per cent of the product being served. There will also be a great presence of other regional and Canadian brewers. Mansour notes a contingent of brews from PEI will be at the festival, including offerings from Copper Bottom, Bogside, PEI Brewing, and Upstreet, whose non-alcoholic brand Libra, according to Mansour, is “taking the country by storm.” Other notable breweries include Ontario’s Collective Arts and Great Lakes Brewing.

Of the popularity of Beerfest, Mansour says “especially now, the opportunity to gather under the stars and enjoy the tastes of summer, a great music vibe and yummy food with family and friends, it’s more precious than ever. “

After a more than 2 year pandemic induced hiatus, the Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest expects to welcome 6,000 people to the waterfront this August.  -Chris Smith
After a more than 2 year pandemic induced hiatus, the Halifax Seaport Cider & Beerfest expects to welcome 6,000 people to the waterfront this August. -Chris Smith

Mansour describes Fizzfest, the newest addition to the festival, as “a chance to get fizzy with it” and sample over 100 refreshing Maritime seltzers, sodas, and pre-mixed cocktails. The Seltzer category has exploded in Nova Scotia in recent years. According to Sam Weir, NSLC Category Manager, the growth of the RTD (ready to drink) category has doubled in the last three years. new brands…and the changing habits of customers looking for ‘better for you’ options has also driven customers to RTD as many of the options are in the 80 to 100 calorie-per-serving range.”

After some revisions to event policies made by the Alcohol, Gaming, Fuel and Tobacco Division of Service Nova Scotia, the event will no longer offer all-inclusive drink tickets. As such, Mansour and the event team made the decision to reduce the entry price to $35, which includes 20 complimentary drink tickets for two-ounce samples. Additional drink tickets can be purchased at a cost of 10 for $10.

To purchase tickets or learn more about the event, visit www.seaportbeerfest.com.

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