Oktoberfest-style weekend planned for Harrison

Dancing, craft beer and competitions make up two day celebration

Three special events will make up one weekend of celebrations in Harrison Hot Springs this October.

The Harrison Beer Festival is the newest event to be created in the village, and is supported by numerous businesses and organizations. It will run Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 and includes an Oktoberfest-style dance.

The festival was created to showcase B.C. craft breweries, during Craft Beer Month in B.C. This area is rich with beer-making history, as hops were the main industry for about 60 years. At the height of the local hop-growing industry, about 300 acres were planted with hops.

The Friday night feature will be Cask Night in the St. Alice Hall, featuring three local breweries offering a cask of their finest unique brew in a friendly competition of which cask is finished first. This event runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Beer Festival will be held on Saturday in the St. Alice Hall, featuring even more of B.C.’s top brewers. That event runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Then at 8 p.m., the St. Alice Hall will be the site of the Oktoberfest dance.

Costs vary for each event and tickets can be purchased online for each event individually or as a package. Tickets can also be purchased from the Harrison Hot Springs Visitor Centre or by calling 604 796 5581.  If an event is not sold out there will be the possibility of buying tickets at the door.

The Harrison Beer Festival is organized by Tourism Harrison with the support of a number of key partners including the Village of Harrison Hot Springs, the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce, Agassiz Harrison Museum and Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa.

For more information, visit www.harrisonbeerfest.com.