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Summer Beer Fest, the toast of Cornwall

Published on July 11, 2015
Cornwall's Summer Beer Fest 2015 attendees toast the inaugural event's success by raising a glass at Nav Centre's Jet Set Pub patio on Saturday, July 11, 2015. From left, Kayla Champagne, Kaitlyn Legue, Sara Smith, Lee Theodore, Holly Smith, and Ashley Costain.
Adam Brazeau

Summer Beer Fest co-organizer Sebastien 'Mani' Manigat said the inaugural edition's turnout exceeded expectations.

"At first when we started, we were sceptic, but as it started to materialize in June we started getting excited," said Manigat. "This is a social event, it's about culture. People from all slices coming together. It's not just about beer. We have Cornwall restaurants pushing the envelope with food here, too."

Breweries on-site included Big Rig, Cassel Brewery, Beau's, Barley Days, Bicycle Craft, Lake of Bays, and La Tuque de Broue. Festivalgoers also sampled tasty offerings from several Cornwall restaurants and eating establishments: Bar Q, Truffles & Table 21, Schnitzels, and Love Love Food.

Three months ago, Manigat approached event co-organizer Ian Bentley, food & beverage director at Nav Centre, to do another beer garden (similar to the one he hosted at the venue during Summer Food Fest 2014).

"My response was: no. I wanted to do a festival," said Bentley. "We wanted to work together to make sure this was a succcess for Cornwall, not just us. And I think it happened."