It is only May on the calendar, but it is sure going to feel like Christmas for craft beer fans in Fayetteville this weekend.
Of course, we’re talking about the fourth annual Fayetteville Foam Fest, set for Saturday, May 9 in the Walton Arts Center parking lot on Dickson Street.
The event, which begin in 2012 and has grown to become one of the most anticipated events in Fayetteville, will feature over 300 beers from local, regional, and national breweries for attendees to sample this year.
The format is simple.
Booths will be set up from 5-9 p.m. in the Walton Arts Center parking lot, and attendees are given a 5 oz. tasting cup to try as many craft brews as they can during the four-hour event.
A handful of local food trucks will also be on hand to provide a little bit of sustenance for festival goers. The festival will also include live entertainment from local band, Cutty Rye.
Several new breweries typically choose the event to introduce themselves to the state, and that trend continues this year with Victory Brewing Company and Black Apple Crossing Cider House (formerly Noble Crossing) set to make their Arkansas debuts at this year’s festival.
Fayetteville Foam Fest also serves as a kickoff for a week of fun beer-related events planned in association with the first ever NWA Beer Week.
Tickets are $40, and include a souvenir tasting cup and unlimited access to the estimated 300 craft beers available that evening.
New this year is a $25 “fast pass” you can purchase with your ticket which will ensure quick entry at a dedicated gate and access to an air conditioned restroom trailer. These tickets must be purchased in advance.
Designated driver tickets are also available for $20, and include unlimited access to hand crafted root beer and sodas.
A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Apple Seeds, Inc., and Ranger’s Pantry pet food bank.
For a bit more information or to purchase tickets, visit fayettevillefoamfest.com.