This weekend, the fourth annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival is taking place in Springfield, Oregon, a fundraising brewfest presented by the McKenzie After 5 Rotary Club and the Springfield Rotary Club featuring over 70 breweries and cideries. It takes place on Friday, November 13 from 5 to 11pm, and Saturday the 14th from noon to 11pm at the Willamalane Center in Springfield.
That list of brewers and cidermakers is nothing to sneeze at, and the site indicates they will be pouring two beers/ciders each—over 140 drinks poured if that holds up. (In my experience, many a fest has a rep only pouring one beer even if two were indicated.) And true to the name, there is a large number of cideries represented, 21 if my count is right!
For the fundraising part of the brewfest, they say:
Proceeds raised will go to Bags of Love, a local agency that provides assistance to children in need “one bag of love at a time.” Each handmade bag is filled with a quilt, a stuffed animal, and age-appropriate clothing, toiletries, games, books, and other supplies and then given to children who are removed from their homes due to instances such as neglect and abuse.
Proceeds will also support The Willamalane Foundation the nonprofit advocacy organization formed in 1983 that supports the activities and facilities of Willamalane Park and Recreation District that works separately but in partnership with Willamalane.
Tickets cost $15 which you can purchase at the door, or in advance online here. The price covers your admission, souvenir glass, and two tasting tickets, with additional tasting tickets available for $1 each as per usual.
And on Saturday from noon to 5pm the festival will be family friendly with children allowed and activities such as “face painting, puppets, balloons, and Zany Zoo animals” available. And of course there will be food and live music as well.