If you like food, music and beer, boy, do we have the ultimate summer festival for you!
The Festibière de Gatineau (or Gatineau Beerfest, for all of us English Canadians), is Ottawa-Gatineau's largest beer festival and a yearly must-attend event for epicureans looking to taste top products and craft beers in the city. It features hundreds of beers from some of Canada's best breweries, dozens of food stalls, and incredible music from local artists.
Now in its ninth year and welcoming more than 35,000 festivalgoers, the Beerfest is three days of food trucks, vendors, music, activities, and, of course, beer. It's the perfect chance to find your favourite among more than 300 craft beers created by over 40 Quebec breweries, distilleries, and cideries.
Lacking enough ale knowledge to consider yourself a cultured craft-beer drinker? Workshops are also part of the program to help you hone your understanding of the fascinating world of craft beer. Try out a pairing workshop like Beer & Cupcakes or Beer & Whiskey, or explore the fabulous world of Quebec hard ciders with the Quebec Ciders workshop. If you're totally new to the world of beer, we recommend Beer 101: a bilingual workshop for people who feel lost and confused when it comes to beer trends and lingo. If you don't know the difference between a white stout and a milkshake imperial IPA, this workshop is for you.
If all that tasting makes you hungry, be sure to visit the food stalls, where more than a dozen vendors - including those serving poutine, gourmet donuts, cheese curds, and more - will be featuring fresh and incredibly tasty local products.
The three-day festival will take place from June 6 to 8 at the Place Des Festivals Zibi near Vieux-Hull, rain or shine. Festivalgoers of all ages are invited to discover dozens of microbreweries, vendors, food exhibitors, and entertainment. Though, obviously, only those 18 and over will be the ones allowed to enjoy beer.
Presale tickets are currently available until June 2 for $9.99 for Thursday night, and $14.99 for Friday and Saturday night. A ticket for all three days is $24.99.