SAINT ANDREWS – If you love beer and burgers, you need to check out the first Beer Fest and Burger Week in Saint Andrews, happening this week. Co-organizer Luke Macdonald said the event is a combination of a burger week with participating local restaurants, and a craft beer festival that will be held at Centennial Park, across from the Blockhouse from Wednesday, September 22 through Saturday, Sept. 25, with Beer Fest happening on the final day.
“We have 15 restaurants that are participating,” said Macdonald. “They’ll be doing different kinds of burgers. Some of them are doing kind of traditional burgers. Some of them are doing veggie burgers. Some of them are even doing dessert burgers. Everyone’s having fun and getting creative with the burger theme. The Red Herring Pub is involved. King Street Pizza are doing a cheeseburger pizza special. Maguire’s Chocolate are the ones doing an ice cream burger. We’ve got lots of different restaurants around town doing a lot of different specials.”
The Saint Andrews Beer Fest will see 13 unique craft breweries from around New Brunswick participating and showcasing their products. This is a ticketed event, and tickets are available for $70 plus tax at www.saintandrewsbeerfest.com. The fee allows you to have all the free beer samples you can drink, complimentary snacks, and a beer stein with the beer fest logo. Special VIP passes are also available for $110 plus tax. These passes will grant one hour early entry into the festival, as well as admission to the after-party, and discounts at participating restaurants.
“We’ll also have live music, washer toss and lawn games on the grass for people to play, and there will also be food vendors and things like that,” said Macdonald.
Macdonald said this festival is something that he and the other organizers have been discussing for a couple of years. He said it will be a nice addition to the autumn leg of the tourism season. The organizers thought it would be a “nice season event” for the town.
While it is great for people to be able to have fun, Macdonald asks that everyone in attendance also please be responsible and arrange for a sober driver. There will be parking available at the W. C. O’Neill Arena Complex, with a shuttle bus transporting people to and from Centennial Park.
“We’re certainly encouraging people to plan for a sober driver or a taxi or plan to stay the night. Be responsible.”
Macdonald said they will be following all COVID-19 protocols, including screenings at the door for anyone attending the Saint Andrews Beer Fest. Masks won’t be mandatory, but they will be encouraged, particularly in communal areas, such as line-ups for beer samples. There will also be sanitizing stations.
“Depending on provincial regulations, anyone attending may be asked to show proof of vaccinations.”
The Saint Andrews Beer Fest will take place on Saturday, September 25 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Those holding VIP passes can enter one hour earlier.