On Sunday, June 12, Bicentennial Park in Milford will be host to local music, beer and food as the Brewgrass Festival officially becomes an annual event. Sponsored by Mispillion River Brewing as a fund raiser for Downtown Milford, Inc., the Brewgrass Festival will offer live bluegrass music, food to purchase and beer tastings from local Delaware and Maryland breweries. Located on the northern and southern banks of the Mispillion River in Bicentennial and Memorial Parks, the festival will highlight Milford’s largest natural resource and the bicycle and pedestrian paths that surround the river known as the Mispillion Greenway Riverwalk.
“The first Brewgrass Festival was held in June 2015 and was extremely successful,” said Sara Pletcher, Festival Coordinator. “We expect this year to be even bigger and better than our first event.”
Breweries participating in the event include 3rd Wave Brewing Company, Argilla Brewing Company at Pietro’s Pizza, Backshore Brewing Company, Big Oyster Brewery, Blue Earl Brewing Company, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Evolution Craft Brewing Company, Mispillion River Brewing and Rebel Seed Cider. Breakthru Beverage Group will also be on site pouring some of their featured spirits, so non-beer drinkers can select from cider or spirts.
“All breweries will provide four ounce tastings and there is a homebrew contest,” said Pletcher. “Event-goers can enjoy beers from budding homebrewers and judge for their favorite in three categories: IPA, Ale or Wild Card.” Homebrewers are able to enter the contest for $5 per entry for up to four entries per category. Brewers must provide eight 12-ounce bottles per entry and are provided a DD ticket as they must attend the event.
Bluegrass music will be the highlight of the event with High & Wides/Ken & Brad Kolodner with Rachel Eddy kicking off the festival and VIP hour at noon. Jersey Corn Pickers of Philadelphia will take the stage at 12:30 PM followed by David Reed of Great Barrington, MA at 1:30 PM. Chapel Street Junction of Newark begin playing at 2 PM and Hooverville from Milford start at 3 PM. High & Wides out of Chestertown take the stage at 3:30 PM with Ken & Brad Kolodner returning to the stage to finish out the festival at 5 PM.
Encouraging more local musicians to get involved in this year’s event, Downtown Milford, Inc. hosted the Battle 2 Brewgrass competition over the last several months. At 4:30 PM the day of the event, the Battle 2 Brewgrass winner, Harrison Doyle from Greenwood, will take the stage to play a set in front of hundreds of festival goers.
“We were thrilled to spread out the Brewgrass excitement both months ahead of the Festival and across town,” stated Pletcher. “Mispillion River Brewing is a great partner with DMI and the brewery was hopping with great music at all three events. Delaware has some very talented musicians!”
Event goers can also enjoy a Brushes and Booze paint event with Mispillion Art League that allows participants to paint an exclusive Brewgrass Festival design for only $20. There are only 24 seats available for this event, so early sign up is encouraged and participants must have a ticket to the Festival to participate. There will be arts and crafts vendors, event t-shirts designed by Rosemary Connelly, of Live Cheap and Make Art Studios and there will also be corn hole and bocce games.
Tickets for the event are $75 for VIP, $30 for General Admission and $40 at the door. A Designated Driver ticket is only $5. Each tasting ticket holder will receive a plastic souvenir mason jar for tastings and beer tickets – 24 for VIP, 12 for GA. Tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.beerfests.com/event/DMIBrewgrassFestival.
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