Hops, Vines and Wines Will Take Over Selinsgrove
SELINSGROVE – It’s shaping up to be a “brewtiful weekend” in the borough . . . Since 2008, the Selinsgrove Brewfest has pulled travelers from throughout the state and beyond to join Valley residents sampling food, wine, spirits and – of course – beer.
The festival kicks off Saturday at 2 p.m. and organizers said your $50 ticket includes food, four full hours of live music and unlimited tasting at more than 40 booths.
“One of the things that sets our festival apart is the owners, the brewers or their knowledgeable staff here to talk to individuals about their craft beers, their distilleries and their wines. Some of them are going to do a new release at our festival, so we’re excited about that.”
Carol Handlan, who joined her Brewfest co-founder and co-chair, Selinsgrove Mayor Jeff Reed on a recent WKOK Sunrise show. Reed said they came up with the idea to help Selinsgrove Projects, Inc.’s downtown revitalization efforts and the yearly event is one of SPI’s biggest fundraisers.
“We consistently draw 300+ people from the Philadelphia/Reading area, 300+ from the Harrisburg/York/Mechanicsburg area; we draw from Pittsburgh and State College too. We’ve consistently had a good number of breweries and the brewers really seem to enjoy our event, she said,
Fifteen years of funneling vital tourism dollars to the borough has earned the duo awards at local and state levels.
“Both of them truly are based on bringing more and more people to The Valley,” Handlan said. “We have people coming from nine other states this year and we’re excited about that. We’re very proud to receive those awards and that kind of recognition for the work we’ve done.”
Handlan said the local hotels are offering discounts; and a continuous shuttle service will be available until 10 p.m. Advance tickets are the only way to join the fun, so visit www.selinsgrovebrewfest.com for more information. You can hear Handlan and Reed’s full Sunrise interview on our podcast page or wherever you listen to podcasts.