The BC Beer & Beverage Festival is an event on Saint Patrick’s Day at the TRADEX Centre in Abbotsford. It features live music, arcade games, drinks and more.
In 2023 the event takes place on Friday, March 17th.
BC Beer & Beverage Festival in Abbotsford
The BC Beer & Beverage Festival is a new event in the Fraser Valley. It’s an adult-only celebration of local breweries with vendors, music, games and other activities. The event takes place for the first time on St. Patrick’s Day in 2023.
At the festival there are over 50 different vendors with a large variety of alcoholic beverages to sample. There’s beer, wine and ciders for all to enjoy. Up to 10 sample tokens are included with admission, along with a souvenir tasting cup. Food is also available for sale.
Music is a big part of the BC Beer & Beverage Festival as well. This year, the featured bands are Five Alarm Funk and Delhi 2 Dublin. Expect to hear funk, alternative and Irish-inspired music throughout the night. There are also arcade games and other fun activities to check out at the festival.
When and Where
In 2023 the BC Beer & Beverage Festival takes place on Friday, March 17th. It runs from 4:00 pm up until midnight.
The event is held at the TRADEX Centre which is located at 1190 Cornell Street in Abbotsford. It’s a massive venue beside the Abbotsford International Airport. Driving from Vancouver takes about an hour in good traffic.
You usually have to pay for parking at TRADEX. Expect it to cost about $10 which is good for as long as you like for the day. Exact rates, however, are subject to change. (TIP: If you only plan to stay a couple of hours, parking at the airport next door is usually cheaper. At the airport though, hourly parking is only good for a maximum of three hours.)
The 2023 festival features over 50 different breweries, wineries and cideries. All are locally based in the Fraser Valley, Metro Vancouver and other regions of British Columbia. Listed below are some of the participating vendors this year.
- Batch 44 Brewery (Sechelt)
- Dead Frog Brewery (Langley)
- Five Roads Brewing Co. (Langley)
- HUBCco Brewing (Mission)
- Old Yale Brewing (Chilliwack)
- Parallel 49 Brewing Company (Vancouver)
- Wild Eye Brewing (North Vancouver)
There are two types of tickets available online for the BC Beer & Beverage Festival.
The first option is general admission, which costs about $38 plus taxes. This type of ticket includes access to all concerts and the regular beer sampling session from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. General admission comes with 5 sampling tokens and a souvenir tasting cup to take home.
VIP tickets are also available for about $70 including online fees. These pricier tickets come with all of the perks of the regular tickets, plus more. VIP ticket holders can access the tasting session starting at 4:00 pm, which is one hour earlier than other attendees. In addition, this premium type of ticket comes with 10 sampling tokens instead of 5, as well as a special VIP lanyard.
For more information about the event or to buy your tickets, visit the TRADEX website.
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