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Craft Beer festival returns to Williams Lake

Event draws a crowd to taste beer and raise funds for Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre

Thompson Rivers University’s gymnasium was transformed on Feb. 11 for the return of the Williams Lake Craft Beer Festival.

The fundraiser event brought craft beer producers from all over the region, including Prince George, Smithers, Quesnel, Kamloops and Vancouver.

Helping to raise funds in support of the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre, the event was also supported by a variety of volunteer organizations, including the Lions Club, Rustlers Rugby Club and the Citizens on Patrol.

There was a silent auction, sampling booths from 18 breweries and cideries, and catered snacks circulating throughout the space, which looked great with backdrops and white lights.

The event went from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., with an after-party at Fox Mountain Brewing.

A shuttle bus offered rides home for attendees, though it did become backed up towards the end and many walked to their next destination, in the relatively warm winter temperatures.

The event has been a successful way to raise funds for the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre for six years, netting over $100,000 before this year’s event.

Read more: Williams Lake Craft Beer Festival back for 2023

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Ruth Lloyd

About the Author: Ruth Lloyd

After moving back to Williams Lake, where I was born and graduated from school, I joined the amazing team at the Williams Lake Tribune in 2021.
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