Waynesboro Beer, Wine and Cider Festival finds home at Main Street Park
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Mainstreet Waynesboro’s annual beer festival has become a main attraction each May.
And there is even more of a buzz this year as it moves into its new home at Main Street Park.
The Waynesboro Beer, Wine and Cider Festival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the brick-paved park at 25 E. Main St.
“We are thrilled that it is here. This is what it was designed for,” said Bill Kohler, director of economic development for Mainstreet Waynesboro.
The previous four beer festivals took place in the parking lot at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home near East Main and Broad streets.
Despite Main Street Park being completed in 2017, the beer festival remained in the parking lot at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home in 2018.
“We knew the parking lot accommodated our needs so we just felt that more planning was needed before moving it to Main Street Park,” Kohler explained. “We feel good about it now. We have a stage, we have power and there is lots of room.”
Main Street Park offers a great location for the annual beer festival as it offers trees, benches, a water feature and a water fountain. It also plays host to numerous events throughout the year including Market at the Park (outdoor farmers market) which runs on Saturdays from May 25 through Oct. 5.
Space will be a necessity at Main Street Park Saturday as more than 500 tickets were sold in advance of the event and Kohler anticipates another 300-400 could be sold at the gate. The beer festival is Mainstreet Waynesboro’s biggest fundraiser of the year, according to Kohler.
More than 40 craft beers from 20 breweries and wineries are expected to be available to taste at the event. The confirmed list includes a number of returning favorites in central Pennsylvania, including Chambersburg’s Roy Pitz Brewing Company and Gettysburg’s Battlefield Brew Works.
New breweries and wineries to this year’s event are; Devil’s Backbone, Mason-Dixon Distillery, Miscreation, Wicked Weed, McKenzie’s Cider and Reid’s Winery. Also on tap will be beers from Aldus, Antietam, Crystal Ball, Flying Dog, Lancaster, Molly Pitcher, Rusty Rail, Saranac, Shiner, Spring House, Stoudts, Straub, Troegs and Wyndridge.
Live music will be provided by Center of Gravity from noon to 2, and Lucky Punk from 2 to 4. Food vendors for this year’s event are Almost Heaven Concessions, Biser Farms Artisan Cheese, C & G Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Carnival Concessions, Hillbilly’s Jerky, Keep It Smokin’ BBQ, Mt. Musser’s Kettle Corn and Sweet Dreams Food Truck.
“This year’s version will feature Reid’s Orchards and Winery wines, sparkling spritzers, sangrias, and ciders and Mason Dixon’s lavender lemonade, honeycrisp apple pie, vodka, gin, white rum, aged rum, spiced rum, and probably a whiskey too. We will also have new beers, new food vendors and more fun at our new location at our beautiful Main Street Park,” said Angela Smith, Mainstreet Waynesboro’s administrative assistant.
Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door, but people who want to attend the festival for the food and music and not consume alcohol can buy a “Designated Driver” ticket for $10. Tickets can be ordered online by visiting www.waynesborobeerfest ival.com. They can also be purchased at the office of Mainstreet Waynesboro, Inc., 13 W. Main St., which is inside the M&T Bank on the square, or The Beer Shed, 226 Walnut St.
No one under 21 is admitted, including babies or children in strollers or with parents. No dogs are permitted on the grounds.
Earlier in the day, Mainstreet is partnering with CFAR Running Club of Waynesboro with the second 10K Run Thru the Parks at 9 a.m. The run starts and ends at Main Street Park. Early-bird discounts and combo deals are available at Eventbrite.com.
Another fun part of the day will be the chance to win Beer “For Life.” The winner gets a full-size KeggerMeister kegerator and a $100 gift card to the Beer Shed to get started. Tickets costs $20 and only 200 will be sold. Runner-up prizes are gift cards to the Dawg House and Break Away Sports Lounge.
Parking will be available on side streets, Main Street, F&M Trust parking lot, behind The Record Herald, the Rotary parking lot and Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home.
“Mainstreet Waynesboro has been organizing annual community events for years, and we are incredibly pleased that we are able to continue this fun event,” Kohler said. “It helps us raise funds while ensuring that we can continue our mission of attracting people to downtown well into the future.”
Top photo: Patrons at the Waynesboro Beer, Wine and Cider Festival in 2018 get served at the Flying Dog Brewery. (Submitted photo)