The North Shore Recreation Centre will be a hub of craft brewing activity later this month.
Nathan Patriquin, of Crossiron Entertainment, is hosting the North Shore Craft Brew Expo featuring at least 15 breweries in the province, multiple food trucks, live entertainment and more.
“I noticed there’s a lack of big events on the North Shore,” said Patriquin. “A lot of the artists seem to flock to the South Shore. Craft brewing has really taken off. It’s a local product and folks are eager to support local.”
He said it made sense to host an expo around the craft brewing momentum since there are all kinds of breweries in the province.
Some of those participating include Tatamagouche Brewing Company, Malagash Cidery, North Brewing Company, Nine Locks Brewing Company, Uncle Leo’s Brewery, Trider’s Craft Beer, and Lunn’s Mill Beer Company.
On the food truck side of things, Route 6, Taco Stiles, and Asado Wood Fired Grill will be some of those on site.
“I didn’t realize there would be so much excitement,” Patriquin said of participating businesses. “Malagash Cidery is really excited, and Lunn’s Mill from Annapolis Valley is ecstatic.”
Tatamagouche’s Jake Duggan, an up and coming musician who just released his debut album recently, will open the entertainment slot, with the Stanfields headlining.
A fan himself of craft brewing, Patriquin is looking forward to trying the different products at the event (after he finishes working), and touts Tatamagouche Brewing Company of having some “great” products.
“But I’m really interested in trying the cider,” he admitted.
In prepping for the event, Patriquin was able to hand deliver most of the participant packages, including the cidery in Malagash.
Being from Wentworth, he said everything about the show is “incredibly local.”
“From the breweries to the entertainment.”
Hosting a sold out show in Wentworth last year with rocker Matt Mays, he said it was a “no brainer” to host more in the North Shore area.
“People are starving for some really great events,” he said. “We have warm (beach) water and a huge influx of tourists, so why not?”
Capacity at the North Shore Recreation Centre is 1,200 people, and with ticket sales going well, the organizer suspects it will be another sold out event.
Tickets are $37 in advance, or $45 at the door, and they can be purchased at the North Shore Recreation Centre, MacQuarries Pharmasave on the Esplanade in Truro, and online at Ticketpro.ca.