A farm to pint roadshow
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Trust me when I tell you that scoring a ticket to the Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow is a philanthropic move.
At first blush, the benefits appear to skew heavily in the column of personal gain. For $55, craft beer supporters and participants will be given a FEST guide to each of the 13 breweries in Skagit County. They’ll have the month of April to drop by all of the thirst-slaking locales found from La Conner to Edison, Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Concrete, Burlington, and beyond. At each one, they’ll receive a stamp, a sample beer made with Skagit Valley Malt, and a paired bite containing at least one local ingredient. (At some breweries, the “bite” can be found in the FEST swag bag—which is also part of the generous package.)
But that’s far from all. In addition to the 13 beer-and-bite pairings, each ticket-holder will receive not one, but two commemorative glasses, access to a livestreamed concert taking place April 3 at the Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon, and entry to a scavenger hunt for the chance to win more than $1,000 in prizes including a Kegerator, Yeti cooler, gift cards and even more swag (because one can never have too much swag).
For those wondering about the altruistic aspects of the monthlong event taking place during the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, now is probably the time to mention that 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will support Viva Farms. The Burlington-based nonprofit farm business incubator’s worthy mission includes creating a more just and resilient local food system, which they do by empowering aspiring and limited-resource farmers. Bilingual training in holistic organic farming practices and access to land, infrastructure, equipment, marketing and capital are just some of the many ways they’re working to make the world a better place.
By procuring a Farm to Pint FEST Roadshow pass, you’ll also be showing your commitment to stay connected to the Skagit County breweries and businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic since March of 2020—when most Skagit-related events were canceled and restaurants, bars and breweries had to at least temporarily shut their doors.
“We know Skagit Farm to Pint FEST and Skagit Beer Week is something that we all look forward to every year, but we also know that things look different this year,” organizers say. “For us, community safety and well-being are at the top of our priority list. So, we’ve decided to change things up. Skagit Farm to Pint heart and soul, the craft and the community, will remain unchanged.”
By extending the event throughout April, they’re giving participants the time to safely explore the nooks and crannies of the Skagit Valley during one of the loveliest times of the year. On one day trip, you could drop by Edison to visit Terramar Brewstillery and check out the new exhibits at Smith and Vallee Gallery and i.e. gallery. The next, a waterfront walk and a stop at the La Conner Brewery might fit the bill. Perhaps your compass will point toward Fidalgo Island, where visits to Bastion Brewing and the Anacortes Brewery could be checked off the list. A Mount Vernon-based outing could include North Sound Brewing, 192 Brewing Co., Farmstrong Brewing, District Brewing Co., and Temperate Habits Brewing Co.
Or maybe no plan is the best plan, in which case you should also keep in mind Birdsview Brewing, Chuckanut Brewery’s North Nut, Cardinal Craft Brewing Co., and Garden Path Fermentation when setting out to see the sights and sip a brew or two—thus doing your part to keep the venues alive and thriving.
“In the end, we want to show our local breweries the love and support they deserve,” Skagit Farm to Pint organizers say. “We are hoping to rally our craft beer community around them. We wish things looked a little different this year, but we’re so grateful to be a part of a supporting and caring community during these trying times.”
Terramar Brewstillery photo by Jessamyn Tuttle.
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