Tallahassee Beer Festival sets 2021 date, changes venue to Civic Center
In a sign that the world may be beginning a slow and measured shift back to normality, it appears that craft beer festivals — at least in the Big Bend — are officially back.
The organizers of the Tallahassee Beer Festival, which was last held Jan. 25, 2020, at the Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee — less than two months before the global pandemic began — announced Monday they had set a date for its 2021 event: Saturday, Aug. 28.
Tickets for the event — which attracted over 70 local, regional and national breweries last year — should go on sale by the end of May.
Only this year the TLH Beer Fest is moving it to the Tucker Civic Center, which TBF co-founder Ben Graybar said should allow the festival to continue growing, while also eliminating the risk of the always-uncontrollable factor of inclement weather on the day of the event.
"Weather can make or break an event. We were concerned a storm could dampen the semi-outdoor festivities. Also, we sold out the last two years, and you can see from the pictures that some extra space could be well-utilized," said Graybar, whose event will once again serve as a fundraiser for United Partners For Human Services.
"We’ve known some of the event staff at the Civic Center for years, and also were approached by the Downtown Merchants & Business Association to consider a more walker-friendly event with places to go before & after. The Tucker Center provides that opportunity with adjacent hotels, and the College Town & downtown businesses nearby."
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The Aug. 28 event will mark the 3rd Annual Tallahassee Beer Festival, meaning the festival itself — which is Tallahassee's only current craft beer festival after Proof Brewing discontinued its annual Tap Invitational in 2019 after a 5-year run — actually never missed a beat.
The 2nd Annual TBF was held just before the pandemic started, and shortly after it wrapped up in late January 2020, Graybar announced the 3rd annual would skip January 2021 and instead be held later in 2021.