The Clover Valley Beer Festival is Vancouver’s newest beer-tasting event that takes place on Saturday, August 8, at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds in 2020.
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 last year.
When and Where
In 2020 the Clover Valley Beer Festival takes place on Saturday, August 8th, from noon until 5 pm at the Bill Reid Millennium Amphitheatre at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds. The address of the venue is 17728 64th Avenue in Surrey.
Beer Festival Admission & Prices
In 2019, tickets to the Clover Valley Beer Festival cost between $45 and $70. 2020 details are to be confirmed.
General admission costed about $45 (or likely $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 costed $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 last year (but we don’t think that included the hat).
Additional drink tokens could be purchased with cash or credit cards. Last year they costed 5 for $8.75 or 10 for $17.50, which means $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.
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 last year 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. 2020 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 last year 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