Oxford Craft Beer Fest and Food Show
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The Library Sports Bar Hosts Oxford Craft Beer Festival Saturday, March 5, 2016
Published on March 5th, 2016 |
The Oxford Craft Beer Festival will be returning to The Library Sports Bar for its fourth year, featuring 16 breweries and three chefs who will each present a food and beer pairing.
We spoke with Darryl Parker, Assistant Director of the Oxford Beer Festival about what to expect from what has become a yearly, local staple of Oxford.
“If it’s not snowing or icing, we should have about a thousand people,” said Parker. “The first 500 will get a souvenir mug.”
While all breweries are welcome, Parker wants to bring in as many from the south as possible.
“I’m trying to get regional beers here, as many as I can, as well as beers from outside” said Parker.
To go with the beer sampling will be food pairings occurring during the VIP exclusive hour from 11 am to 12 pm. The pairing will be broken into three parts representing the appetizer, entree, and dessert portion of a meal.
The appetizer portion will be presented by a guest chef, who plans to ofer a sampler of Italian meats and cheeses. James Allen Sanders of Delta Steak Company will pair a beer with an entree. And despite beer not being a typical dessert, the third chef is taking a straightforward approach.
“He’s actually going to do strawberries dipped in chocolate paired with a Peroni beer to cap it off,” said Parker.
Aside from the large selection of beer that will be available, the festival will also be holding its traditional pretzel necklace contest.
“It’s customary at a beer festival to have a pretzel necklace,” said Parker. “It’s two-fold in that it keeps you sober and it cleans your palate.”
Rather than formal judging, the winner will be chosen by audience applause.
“Everyone that got up there got a prize last year,” said Parker. “We’re doing it in the spirit of having fun.”
Parker recognized a complaint he heard from last year’s festival that the live music was disturbing conversation among festival goers.
“At a music festival the talent is the music, but at a beer festival, the talent is the brew masters,” said Parker. “People want to talk to them.”
Rather than remove live music from the festival, they found a compromise.
“We are going to have music,” said Parker. “Instead of it being set up like a concert, we’re going to have musicians floating around the crowd. They might stop and play for 15 or 20 minutes then move on to somewhere else. Really, if you’re not within 20 feet, you’re not going to hear it.”
Parker sees the beer festival as a chance to show Oxford how much potential there is in beer culture.
“This is an entry-level beer festival,” said Parker. “We try to sneak in education and make people aware that you can do these things with beer and food…this is a baseline standard for what beer can go with what.”
Accommodatingly, the festival also offers designated driver tickets at a cheaper price. While a regular ticket is $45 ($85 for VIP), the Designated Driver ticket is $15 ($25 for VIP) or free if you have purchased one for a previous year. DD ticket holders will not receive a mug or the wristband allowing them to drink.
An Aside: I was planning on attending the 2016 Oxford Craft Beer Fest and Food Show since it coincided with a wedding I had been invited to the following day. I bought a new dress, a stylish hat, and a lovely pair of sunglasses, since I figured I would be out in the sun a lot. Two week before the wedding I was in a car accident that although the car was declared a total lost, I was fortunate to have been able to walk away without a scratch. Unfortunately my new sunglasses had flown off my face when my car was broadsided and didn't survive. I knew I would need another pair- quickly. Fortunately the online site Eyeglasses.com, where I had originally purchased my sunglasses for women, told me that they would be able to ship out anther pair immediately. I had never used an online site to purchase prescription sunglasses before, but now I think I will make use of the convenience of ordering online.
The Oxford Craft Beer Fest was lots of fun. The bounty of beer and food beginning with more than 100 craft beers was staggering. I happen to live in Brooklyn NY where we have our choices of a number of local craft breweries. But I was mightily impressed with the Library Sports Bar selections. The wedding was lovely, the craft beers were super.
2016 Oxford Craft Beer Fest and Food Show
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4th Annual Oxford Craft Beer Fest and Food Show.
It’s time again for the Oxford Craft Beer Festival and Food Show! Get your tickets for Saturday, March 5th, 2016 and meet us on the Historic Oxford Square at the Library Bar & Grill in Oxford , MS. The bounty of beer and food begin with more than 100 craft beers poured for sampling. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.oxfordbeerfest.com.
Beer lovers wear your pretzel necklaces to enjoy over 100 craft beers and mingle with brew masters and brewers at the main event.
For the Food Show watch…and taste cuisines prepared by local chefs and paired with the perfect brew. Delight yourself in complimentary samples of food from other local chefs.
Your ticket includes all the beer you can sample, food sampling on first come first serve basis (local chef samples guaranteed for VIP ticket holders), live music performances, access to food and complimentary souvenir mugs to first 500 ticket holders. Beerfest T-shirts available for purchase.
The main event will run from 12:00-4:00PM with the last beer poured at 3:45PM. VIP beer sampling is from 11AM – 12PM. Parking is available around the Oxford Square. Parking is free for VIP’s in designated parking space. General Admission is $45 and $15 for designated drivers. VIP tickets are $85 and $25 for designated drivers.
The Library Sports Bar
120 S. 11th Street Oxford, 38655 United States
Date: March 5, 2016
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where is the Oxford Craft Beer Festival located?
The festival is located at the Library Bar & Grill on the Historic Oxford Square – 120 South 11th Street, Oxford, MS 38655
What is included in the VIP tickets?
$85 – Advance
*VIP Tickets Include the Following:
Access to the VIP Lounge
Beer Tasting Selections Not Available to the General Admission Ticket Holders
Souvenir, 5-Ounce Sampling Mug
Unlimited Sampling of 140+ Craft Beers
Free food samples
Meet regional chefs
Meet regional Brewmasters
How much does it cost to get into the event?
General Admission tickets are $45.00 in advance – $55 @Gate
VIP Tickets are $85 in advance – $95 @Gate
Designated Driver tickets are $15 in advance – $25 @Gate
VIP Designated Driver tickets are $25 in advance – $35 @Gate
How will parking be handled for the festival?
VIP ticket holders will have access to free parking a few blocks from the Oxford Craft Beer Festival venue. For General Admission ticket holders parking is first come first serve on and around the Historic Oxford Square. There are several large parking lots around the Square, as well as street parking. Be prepared to bring quarters to feed the meters for parking on the Square.
What if I bought tickets, but will not be able to attend the festival?
Can I leave the festival site and return later?
There is no re-entry once you have entered the site.
Will food and non-alcoholic drinks be available for purchase?
Anyone 21 and older, with a valid I.D. Everyone’s I.D. will be checked.
Can I bring my own food or beverages into the festival?
No outside food or beverages allowed.
Ticket Comparison Breakdown
|General Admission||VIP Ticket||Designated Driver||VIP Designated Driver|
|Unlimited Sampling of 140+ Craft Beers|
|Souvenir, 5-Ounce Sampling Mug|
|Access to the VIP Lounge|
|Beer Tasting Selections Not Available to the General Admission Ticket Holders|
|Entrance into the Festival 1 Hour Early (11AM-12PM)|
|Complimentary Soda and Water Available|
Dear Beer Vendor,
Thank you for participating in the 4th Annual Oxford Craft Beer Festival. Important festival information is detailed below.
Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
Times: Load-In and Registration: 7am – 8:30am Load-Out: 4:00pm-6:30pm
Beer Pouring: 11am-4pm
Location: The Library Bar and Grill on the Historic Oxford Square
Address: 120 South 11th Street, Oxford, MS 38655
Unload, Park, Set-Up and Register
Please arrive at the Library Bar to unload. Immediately after unloading you will be directed to the free parking area where you will leave your vehicle(s) and walk back to the festival at the Library Bar to register, pick up your credentials and completely set by no later than 9:30AM.
Non-metered parking is available to beer vendors at the Chancery Court Office parking lot at the corner of North Lamar and Jefferson (across the street from Chevron Gas Station)
The Festival will provide beer vendors with an 8 foot table/area, ice, volunteers to help pour beers, complimentary food and beverage for your personnel and free parking in designated area on Oxford Square.
Beer Vendors please bring free promotional items to give away such as beer cozies, stickers, etc. You may also sell your own merchandise. Remember the maximum amount of beer per pour is 3oz. All beer vendors must complete set-up by no later than 9:30am
Your contact person on event day for arrival, parking and load-in is Robyn. You can reach her at 228-326-9318.
Please return the following information to the Oxford Craft Beer Festival
Please note the following requirements:
- + All worker personnel must be 21 years of age and have a valid I.D.
- + Your booth space MUST remain open the five hours of the festival (11am – 4pm)
- + Vendors are allowed to retain 100% of their merchandising sales.
The 3rd Annual Oxford Mississippi Craft Beer Festival will showcase over 140 world-class beers from around the world. This is sure to make for a great beer tasting experience. We are adding new breweries daily, so please check back often to see who we¹ve added!
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