We reached out to one of the organizers of the event, Christine Tarlecki, Marketing & PR Director, to ask her a few questions about how the Phoenixville Beer & Wine Festival came about and what to expect from the inaugural event. Here is what she had to say:
What made you decide to organize a beer and wine festival for Phoenixville?
“Tim Hennessey began the Pottstown Brew Fest as a way to raise money for non-profits. In just two years, the Pottstown festival had record-setting crowds from 18 states and was voted the Best Outdoor Event in Montgomery County! It has done so well, that we decided to bring our love of beer, and beer festivals, to my town, Phoenixville.”
What do you think will make this beer and wine festival stand apart from others?
“Our events are different from other events because of our level of personalized service and attention to detail. As the PR and Marketing Director for our events, I welcome each and every person with a smile at the front gate, I walk around the festival to ensure the attendees, the vendors, the brewers, and the volunteers are all happy and satisfied with their work and the event.”
Who does the beer and wine festival benefit?
“The beer festival directly benefits the Phoenixville Public Library! Another way to support the library is by attending a beer pairings dinner, which will be held on April 30 at 6pm, at Molly Maguire’s in Phoenixville, on Bridge and Main Streets. There are only 70 seats available and tickets are $55.00 and can be purchased at Molly Maguire’s (21+). The dinner includes four courses, a beer expert, raffle prizes, gifts, signed books by local authors, a sit-in with the Preston & Steve Show on WMMR, jewelry, novelty beer items, and every dinner guest gets a swag bag of goodies! Special thanks to Macy’s, Moore’s Wing Sauce, Phoenixville Riverworks, and Quest Protein Bars.
What other events do you have coming up?
“We have a Cigar Fest on June 3, 2017, at the Norco Fire Company. The 3rd Annual Pottstown Brew Fest will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 and tickets for that event will go on sale in June and are expected to sell out. The Pottstown Firkin Fest, an exclusive event limited to 250 sampling guests, will be held on February 24, 2018. We are also planning a Phoenixville Firkin Fest, which we’ll start up next year.