VCBW Craft Beer and Music Festival is returning July 9-10, and we're here for it.  (Full disclosure: I have had my tickets to the event since before it was cancelled back in 2020, so this is a relatively huge deal to me).

We spoke to Adam Bloch, one of the events co-organizers, about how this year’s fest is pretty darn stacked with attractions, and he has us convinced that even if you’re not a beer aficionado there’s bound to be something up your alley.

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According to Bloch, The Craft Beer and Music Festivals of years' past were of a much smaller scale than the one coming up. Of course, you’ll still have access to all the craft beer and cider. In fact, this year there will be over 150 craft beers and ciders from over 100 participating breweries and cideries, but they’re also looking beyond the brew to make the festival not just about suds.

They’ve expanded the event in a way that’s not dissimilar to California’s famed Bottlerock event—which means in addition to beer and cider, the festival is putting a spotlight on local eats and great tunes. The concept is pretty simple: an event where you can celebrate all the best parts of summer, whether you're looking to slam some boozy samples, spend the day playing corn hole and eating tacos or just watch some musical performances. There really is something for everyone. 

There’s going to be a food truck food court situation with crowd faves like Salty’s Lobster Truck, Indish, Cazba Restaurant, The Real Patty Co., and Dos Amigos Tex-Mex. But going beyond the trucks, there will be chef pop-up tables with elevated bites like Spanish tapas and Jamon Iberico by Jamoneria by ARC, oyster shucking by Wandering Mollusk Oyster Bar and Singapore-style short ribs from BKH Singaporean-style BBQ (who are known for their jerky).

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The event is called a craft beer and music festival, so it’s no surprise that one of our favourite upgrades of the event is the scale of the music stage (hint: the one pictured below is much smaller than the one that will be at this year's event). Bloch says they’re going all out with a full-sized stage so that your experience will be truly concert-like (rather than "I think I hear music playing in the background"). There will be a bunch of musical performances all day Saturday and Sunday, with Bedouin Soundclash and Half Moon Run as the headliners.

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The fest is keeping the cost of entry low (general admission is $42), and you'll pay for samples separately. But fumbling around with a card reader (or *gasp* carrying cash) would slow things down, so to get around that, they’ve added new RFID wristbands. Top ’em up with cash, and then tap ’em to get your drink. Any leftover money goes back into your account once the event is over (if there is any leftover, that is).

VCBW Craft Beer and Music Festival
When: July 9-10
Website: vancouvercraftbeerweek.com