The weather was perfect on Saturday afternoon for the inaugural Kawartha Craft Beer Festival in downtown Peterborough, judging from the thousands of people who came to the Louis Street Parking Lot to sample craft beer. kawarthaNOW’s photographer Linda McIlwain was there and shared some of her photos with us.
The festival was organized and hosted by Peterborough breweries the Publican House Brewery and Smithworks Brewing Company and featured craft beer from across the Kawarthas, including brews from Bobcaygeon Brewing Company, The Old Flame Brewing Co. (Port Perry), William Street Beer Co. (Cobourg), Church-Key Brewing Company (Campbellford), Boshkung Brewing Co. (Haliburton), and Manantler Craft Brewing Co. (Bowmanville).
The festival began at noon on Saturday, when Publican House Brewery and the Canadian Canoe Museum announced their partnership to produce the Canadian Canoe Museum Beer Series.
Until around 7 p.m., attendees enjoyed samples of craft beer as well as food from vendors the Vintage Pizza Pie Company, Rare Grill House, Ellie’s Taste of Texas, and La Hacienda, and live music with performances by local musicians Jan Schoute, Kate Suhr, Sean Conway, and Mayhemingways.
The Kawartha Craft Beer Festival coincided with the Bourbon Barrel Saloon’s Country Fest, which took place nearby on King Street.