This is the third year that downtown Everett will be crawling with craft beer fans on a Saturday afternoon in August.
This year the festival is focusing on fruit. Brewers coming to the third annual festival, held this Saturday, were told to bring their best fruit beers. A number obliged and are bringing beers brewed with raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and more.
A few of the fruit beers that will be pouring on Saturday include: Huckleberry Hound Cream Ale from Foggy Noggin Brewing, Mowie Wowie, an ale brewed with mangoes and oranges, from Gallaghers Where U Brew, and Rubus Robustus Blackberry Stout, from Whitewall Brewing.
This year’s festival features 33 breweries, including a late entry in Boundary Bay Brewing, pouring over 100 different beers. Boundary Bay is bringing Whatcom Wheat Krystalweizen, a collaboration beer by all nine Bellingham breweries.
The festival is from noon to 7 p.m. and will take place on Hoyt between Hewitt and Pacific. Advance tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets online or $25 at the door ($15 with military ID). Entry includes a tasting cup and six tokens, each one good for a 5-ounce taster. Additional tokens can be purchased for $1.50 each or four for $5.
For more information, go to www.heraldnet.com/hopsandsips
Craving something different after all those suds?
The food trucks are coming to town. Like the craft beer industry, food trucks have exploded in popularity and about a dozen food trucks will be at Experience Everett Mobile Food Festival on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Everett at Colby and Hewitt avenues.
Vendors include Crisp Creperie, dessert; Jemil’s Big Easy, Cajun; Contigo, Mexican; Where ya at Matt?, Cajun; Lumpia World, Filipino; Nosh, British; The Sammich Truck, sandwiches; Tokyo Dogs, hot dogs; My Sweet Lil Cakes, hotcakes on a stick; Peasant Food Manifesto, world cuisine; Ezell’s Fried Chicken; Gip’s Down-Home BBQ; Yummy Box, Asian fusion; and Here and There Grill, American.
For more information about food trucks, go to www.seattlefoodtruck.com.
After drinking your way through the craft beer festival on Saturday, you might need some exercise. The Bubble Run 5K will do the trick.
There’s plenty of bubbles and color in this run. The Bubble Run 5K is Sunday morning at 9 a.m. in downtown Everett. The cost to participate starts at $40.
For more information, go to bubblerun.com.
There is also the Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work on the waterfront, a festival featuring 90 artists doing demonstration work, and Fresh Paint Float Find on Jetty Island, a hunt on Jetty Island for hand-blown glass floats. For more information on the Fresh Paint events, see Page 22.
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