A chilly start to the day didn't deter locals in attending the the 3rd annual Renfrew Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival on Saturday. The beer was flowing, food trucks were sizzling, and by noon the square was a buzz with folks looking to taste the latest in regional craft brews.
This year saw the biggest turnout with around 2000 attendees, not bad for a small town festival set to showcase the finest in locally produced beverages while creating a fun atmosphere for all ages. With live music throughout the day, free glowsticks passed around for the dance in the square at night, the festival drew in new crowds for the extended hours with an evening band, The Paperboys.
Full list of businesses there to quench your thirst and fill your belly included Perth Brewery, Orléans Brewing Co., Cartwright Springs Brewery, Laurentian Brew Kombucha, Whitewater Brewing Company, Square Timber Brewing Company, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co., Bancroft Brewing Co., Broadhead Brewing Company Ltd., Brasserie Tuque de Broue Brewery Inc., Needham's Market Garden, Kin Vineyards, Hot Shots Coffee Canada, Big D's Dog House & Poutine Emporium, Bonita's Cantina, Backyard Gourmet BBQ and Mr.Churritos.
Thanks to a wonderful team committed to bringing a celebration of locally crafted food and drink to the Valley, the Town of Renfrew hosted another successful event of beer sipping, kombucha tasting, food-filled, festival fun.
Looking forward to next year!
Find us in Renfrew this Saturday, October 13th for the 3rd annual Frewtober Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival. We'll be there from 11:00am until 8:30pm serving up fresh kombucha on tap for your healthy, non-alcoholic alternative beverage needs.
We'll have four flavours on tap plus bottled booch for sale, and samples are always available to all who want to taste, quench their thirst, cleanse their palette, and sip on a different type of ferment.
Check out the lineup of local craft beer and food trucks! New this year - even more live entertainment and a "dance in the square" with an evening roof-top concert.
Meet you in the square!
Saturday, October 14th was a busy day in Renfrew with the 2nd Annual Frewtober Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival. Downtown Renfrew was the place to be to sample locally brewed beer (and kombucha!) and eat delicious food while listening to live music.
This year featured even more options with a total of 12 breweries, 3 food trucks, a coffee truck, and a mobile bar and lounge. The weather cooperated with the rain holding off and a balmy temperature for mid-October and attendance was remarkably increased in comparison to last year's rainy day and near freezing temperature. Fireworks ended the night with an exciting display from the rooftop of the Town Hall.
Festival goers enjoyed an assortment of beer brewed from Whitewater Brewing Co, Beau's All Natural Brewing Co, Perth Brewery, Cartwright Springs Brewery, Broadhead Brewing Co, Square Timber Brewing Co, Dominion City Brewing Co, Tuque de Broue Brewing, Calabogie Brewing Co, Kichesippi Beer Co, and Old Boys Beer. New to the line up this year, Cellar 82 covered all other alcoholic beverages with their spiffy Mobile Bar & Lounge truck. For the second year in a row, Laurentian Brew and Caffeine Fix had you covered for non-alcoholic drinks. Foodies united and dined out with food from Big D's Dog House & Poutine Emporium, Tracie's Hollywood Diner, and Mr. Churritos all of which just about sold out of everything!
Another year reacquainting with fellow brewer friends, catching up with amazing fans and supporters, and meeting new faces, the 2nd Annual Renfrew Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival was a successful event and we are already looking forward to next year. A big thanks to all who made it possible including Jennifer Charkavi, her family, and all the volunteers!
If you haven't yet checked out ELEMENTS Luxury Tented Camp and Nature Spa, you should!
Now in it's second season, this glamorous camping or glamping experience won't disappoint. Located in Renfrew at the former Storyland site, Elements hosts guests from near and far who wish to escape the city life to immerse themselves in nature while still enjoying the luxuries of a hotel. With 8 glamp sites and 6 tiny homes, Elements offers plenty of room to stretch, relax, and delight in the serenity of the peaceful area. Guests enjoy privacy in their luxurious bedrooms complete with fluffy pillows, bedding and lounge area, outdoor dining space, fire pit, and butler service delivering the included meals to be cooked right on site. We are pleased to announce that Elements menu now includes two flavours of our kombucha. Meals at Elements are carefully selected and can accommodate any diet or food allergy.
The Elements experience is nothing short of luxury camping in the great outdoors. Decorated with mirrors once displayed in the Chateau Laurier, custom luxury linens with the layout of the Ottawa River, modern rugs and accents, owner Nicole Laframboise has a flare for design and details don't go unnoticed. Each glamp site also has its own environmentally friendly composting toilet, solar charging station, two-way radio, and a cowbell for wildlife management.
Elements was created to combine the four elements, earth, water, air, fire "to connect people with nature by providing unique spaces to relax, be invigorated, and be inspired". Guests can appreciate the beauty of the nature trails, lake, ravine, and lookout or make use of the firepits, paddle boards, paddle boats, covered meeting area, art studio and classes, and a gorgeous yoga studio. A piece of history sits atop the highest grounds in the area with a large rock and a unique carving, "Champlain, Juin 2, 1613" by legendary French explorer, Samuel de Champlain.
Glamping at Elements leaves guests feeling grounded yet motivated and helps restore balance in an otherwise busy life. The perfect spot for a soul-searching experience or to just kick-back and let nature seep in, Elements Tented Camp and Nature Spa makes for a beautiful weekend getaway.
Pura Vida Nutrition Store is a haven for any health enthusiast and earth-conscious shopper in the Ottawa Valley. Located in a century-old house in Renfrew, Ontario, this charming health store has everything from supplements, vitamins & minerals, locally made products, essential oils, organic body care, natural, bulk & specialty foods, homeopathic remedies, and more. We've just added our full lineup of kombucha to the fridge, conveniently next to an Ontario-made kefir and yogurt.
Be sure to check out Pura Vida online to see their full selection of products and visit in store for friendly, knowledgeable service.
Laurentian Brew Kombucha is in Renfrew! Thanks to Bonnechere Bakery & Bistro, our 500 ml bottles are now available at 258 Raglan St. S for take out or dine-in. A family owned bakery, bistro and fine foods emporium, Bonnechere boasts a menu of fresh and delicious soups, salads, gourmet foods, a coffee bar, and the finest baked goods including farm style bread, sweets, scones and a even a line of gluten-free products. We have a feeling that delivery day to this location will result in an armful of goods on the way in AND the way out. Stop by and try our Hibiscus Ginger, Wild Blueberry, Cranberry Chill, or The Apple of My Chai and get your fill of fresh, homemade treats.
We are excited to announce that we will be joining your favourite local food trucks and craft breweries for this awesome event. Renfrew is hosting it's first annual Craft Beer and Food Trucks Festival for Frewtober on October 22 from 1pm-7pm and you don't want to miss it! Frewtober is an entire month of events worth checking out. Visit their Facebook event page and join in the fun.
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