The Clover Valley Beer Festival is a Metro Vancouver’s beer-tasting event that takes place in August at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
The event didn’t happen in 2021 because of COVID-19, and it isn’t scheduled to take place in 2022 either. It’ll be back, however, in August of 2023.
The Clover Valley Beer Festival
Put on by Gibbons Whistler, the same company behind North Vancouver’s Deep Cove Brewery and the annual Whistler Village Beer Festival in September, the Clover Valley Beer Festival made its inaugural debut in 2019.
When and Where
Before the 2020 Clover Valley Beer Festival was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, it was scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8th, from noon until 5 pm. The location would have been the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds, which is at 17728 64th Avenue in Surrey.
The festival is returning in August of 2023.
Beer Festival Admission & Prices
In 2019, tickets to the Clover Valley Beer Festival cost between $45 and $70. 2023 details will likely be similar.
The last time the event took place general admission cost about $45 (or around $50 or so with taxes and fees) when purchased in advance online. Included in the price was a sampling mug and 5 drink tokens.
“All Access” passes cost $70 (plus taxes and fees) online and included the same sampling mug plus 10 beer tokens and access to an express entry line. It also included a smokie for lunch and a souvenir hat. This compared to $60 for a similar VIP pass the year before (but we don’t think that included the hat).
Additional drink tokens could have been purchased with cash or credit cards. In 2019 they cost around $8.75 for five or $17.50 for ten, which meant $1.75 per drink sample.
What to Expect
Similar to other large Lower Mainland beer festivals, 40 or so breweries featuring over 80 different beers participated at the Cloverdale event in 2019.
Ticketholders got to wander around, enjoy the live music and spend their tokens on beer samples from the various breweries. There were also food vendors to buy lunch and other snacks from.
Food vendors participating in the event included Sammy J’s Grill & Bar (serving grilled cheese sandwiches), Mike’s Perfect Perogy’s, Urban Woodfired Pizza and Meet2Eat (serving various Mediterranean dishes plus fish & chips and hot dogs).
Beer Festival Schedule
Below is a very basic schedule for the Cloverdale event from 2019. 2023 details are to be confirmed.
- 12:00 pm – Doors open
- 4:00 pm – Last entry
- 4:30 pm – Last token sale
- 5:00 pm – End of the festival (and everyone goes home)
Beer Festival Breweries
Around 40 different breweries participate in the event each year. Some beer festival regulars include Central City (from Surrey), Dead Frog, Deep Cove (from North Vancouver), Foamers’ Folly, Hoyne Brewing (from Victoria), Moody Ales (from Port Moody), Stanley Park Brewing, Parallel 49, Trading Post, Yellow Dog and Vancouver Island Brewing.
Also onsite in 2019 were Strongbow Apple Cider, Magners Irish Cider, Brickworks Ciderhouse (from Toronto), and the BC Tree Fruits Cider Company.
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your experience at the Clover Valley Beer Festival.
TIP #1: Don’t drink and drive! Plan how to get home in advance!
TIP #2: Parking is available at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in Parking Lot #8. (Just remember Tip # 1 though and don’t drink and drive.)
TIP #3: Go with a group of friends. The more the merrier!
TIP #4: There are no in-and-out privileges at the festival. Once you’re inside the gate, you can’t go back out and then return later. So be sure to remember to bring things in with you the first time (like your hat, sunscreen, etc.).
TIP #5: No outside food is permitted. Consequently, if you have special dietary needs, eat something before you go in and remember Tip #4 (that there are no in-and-out privileges).
For further details about the Cloverdale event click Clover Valley Beer Festival.
For a list of other beer festivals at different times of the year in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Breweries and Beer.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Lower Mainland’s Wineries
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Metro Vancouver Bars & Restaurants