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Marysville chamber hosts first Brew & Cider Fest

 

October 11, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Kalie Looper, a representative from Pear Up Hard Cider, hands Angel of the Winds brewmaster Vince Falcone, a drink at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Brew & Cider Fest on Oct. 6.

The Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce hosted their first Brew & Cider Fest on Oct. 6 at the Marysville Opera House.

This was the first year the chamber put on a brewfest.

Multiple local breweries from around the Puget Sound were serving their beers and ciders out across the three stories of the Opera House while the Margaret Wilder Band played on the stage.

"The idea was to come up with a fun, creative event that would reach out to our businesses and community," said Greg Kanehen, who chaired the event.

"There is a lot of energy and enthusiasm, although it's still a little bit early," he said.

The brewfest served as a way to raise money for the chamber with a festive event, said Jesica Stickles, president and CEO of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce.

"We wanted to do another creative type of fundraiser for the chamber," said Stickles.

"Marysville doesn't have a brewfest and brewfests are super popular, and so is cider, so we figured we'd merge the two," she said.

Stickles also said that events that can draw people in from the surrounding areas help promote Marysville.

"A big part is tourism, focusing on getting people to come to the area and check Marysville out, including this facility," she said.

For the attendees it's a good way to spend a night as well, said Kanehen.

"It's an opportunity to spend some time together and discover some new breweries and some new ciders to drink," he said.

There were seven breweries at the event with a variety of drinks.

"We're hoping that the businesses that are here will be able to broaden their base," he said.

Free massages were also part of the event being given by a local massage therapist.

Food was also provided by Marysville's Bleachers Bar and Grill.

"We appreciate that Bleachers is donating their proceeds from the event to the Sunrise Rotary," said Kanehen.

Kanehen said the event was going good for being new. "For the first time around we know we're making some good strides," he said.

Although there were some setbacks.

"We did not realize when we set up the date that in Denver, Colo. there was a brewery convention, so a lot of the breweries that we contacted and wanted to be here, couldn't be here," he said. "So we went with a smaller scale event because of that."

"Every time you do a new event it's fun, but it's also a learning experience," he said.

More information about the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce is available at http://www.marysvilletulalipchamber.com.

 

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