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Cowichan Craft Beer and Food Festival 2024


The LARGEST craft beer festival in the Cowichan Valley & Mid-Island

Cowichan Valley, BC - The Craft Beer and Food Festival is thrilled to announce their 4th festival within the Cowichan Valley on Saturday, August 17, 2024. The Craft Beer & Food Festival will host a large selection of Vancouver Island and BC regional breweries plus a selection of artisanal food pairings from within the Cowichan Valley and Chemainus. With the decision to hold the event bi-annually, the organizers are excited to see this event return to Chemainus and representing the Cowichan Valley. “An event of this magnitude is typically held in a larger market like Victoria or Vancouver, and we are so excited to see it return to our wonderful little town,” says Krystal Adams, Executive Director to both the Festival and to the Chemainus Business Improvement Association (CBIA), the organizers of this event. The Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival is unique in the Cowichan Valley because its focus, aside from food, is exclusively on the craft beer movement and is the biggest truly craft beer event of its kind in the Cowichan Valley.

We are working with the BC Craft Brewers Guild as a guild recommended event which only a few B.C. wide festivals are sanctioned. This is also similar to the last event which was held in 2022. It was the second largest craft beer event (by variety of beer), on the entire Island. There were 30+ breweries in attendance each bringing different beer varieties to try. There were dozens of artisanal food vendors and merchandise as well. Tickets sold out months before the event with hundreds on the waitlist. “The event was so popular and well received that we are still fielding requests years later to see its return. We will not disappoint and will be bringing back live music, seating areas, and big games for a little extra fun. Organizers will also be working with multiple transportation companies from Duncan, Nanaimo and Victoria/Langford, to secure shuttles to and from the event. They will also be arranging transport from parking areas in Chemainus into the Doc Lewis Park, the venue location. Tickets will be sold online and throughout the Island including purchase locations in Nanaimo, Victoria, Langford, and multiple key locations through Duncan and Chemainus. Details are being solidified and will be released in the oncoming weeks. Price point accessibility was a key consideration when planning this event. To meet this requirement, tickets will be offered at a lower pre-sale price (ending July 1st), with a regular admission rate taking over after. "We don’t have an exact ticket cost at the moment as we are assessing considerations, but we will be keeping the costs low – similar to what has been seen in the past. The considerations come from inflation and costs of goods. The event landscape, although seemingly the same from previous years, is actually very different. Grants such as the Canada Festivals Grant we received enable us (a non-profit) to make sure we are keeping costs as low as possible and not passing them onto attendees,” identifies Mrs. Adams. “As a bonus, we will be giving our past ticket holders the opportunity at the lower introductory ticket price before the general public as a thanks for their patience. They need to just be checking their email carefully in the upcoming weeks.”

Tickets will likely not be available at the door as a sell-out is expected this year as well. Each ticket will allow for

entry into the Craft Beer & Food Festival as well as live music on the festival grounds, five tasting tokens, a

commemorative keepsake, and the opportunity to WIN a large value door prize. VIP tickets will again be offered this year and will allow for an additional tasting time, plus other perks. As a not-for-profit, funds generated through ticket sales are hard costs used to pay for vendor product. It is important to the CBIA that these businesses are supported and paid for what they supply to the patrons. Any additional funds after costs will be donated to local not-for- profits and charity organizations.


For additional information, to schedule an interview/obtain additional quotes, or to discuss event media

presence please contact:

Krystal Adams, Executive Director

Chemainus Business Improvement Association and Cowichan Craft Beer & Food Festival

Direct line: 250-216-4239 | Email: | Website:

EVENT WEBSITE: – will be live and updated before press publishing.


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