Although the Washington Beer Commission has yet to send out an official announcement, and apparently the ink is not yet dry on any of the agreements, we have it on good authority that some big changes might be in store for two of the area’s best-loved beer festivals. The Washington Brewers Festival might be moving to a new location next year. Same story for the upcoming 3rd Annual Belgianfest.
Everyone loves the Washington Brewers Festival in June, with its great beer, sunshine, open spaces, green grass, and tall trees. However, the location at Saint Edward State Park is not without its challenges. To begin with, parking and transportation. The location in Kenmore is a great for a lot of reasons, but it is a three-day camel ride from just about anywhere unless you happen to live in the neighborhood. Taking a bus or taxi to/from Saint Edwards is challenging to say the least.
Location, Location, Location
The Washington Beer Commission’s venerable “Fathers Day Brew Fest” is hoping to move to Redmond’s Marymoor Park. That would allow for ample parking and much better transportation options. The location just off of the freeway, along two main arterial streets, would make getting there seem like a breeze. The infrastructure at and around Marymoor Park would make getting in and getting out much easier.
Belgianfest is also considering moving to a new venue. This is still a young beer festival but has proven wildly popular in its short, two-year history. For year number three, the Washington Beer Commission hopes to move the festival to the Bell Harbor International Conference Center on the Seattle waterfront. The space is larger and offers plenty of room to grow. Obviously, the downtown location would make buses and taxi cabs a much easier option. Having attended other events at Bell Harbor, I think this would be a very good move.
As I said, this information is not yet official. However, we know for sure that they are trying to tie up the lose ends and make both of these moves official. We’ll keep you posted.