Mark your calendars and get ready for the Cherry Capitol of the World to become the Cheery Capitol of the World on August 29, 2009. Sam Porterhouse is organizing the Traverse City Microbrewery and Music Festival (what an appropriate name for a guy organizing a beer festival).
I’m looking forward to hearing some tunes from Buckwheat Zydeco and drinking some beers from Short’s Brewing. I’m slated to give a rap about brewing and sustainabilityg during the Brewers Happy Hour from 3-5pm and might even be doing some MCing in between bands. What fun!
Sam says the Festival is designed to honor local and regional brewers by being the first in the state to not charge a tap fee, pay the breweries 100% for their beer and offer to support the brewers with rooms and hospitality.
The event benefits several local non-profits, including The Good Work Collective, a youth empowerment and community networking organization; Little Artshram, which fosters alternative education through a combination of permaculture, art, environmentalism, and social activism; The Historic Barns Harvest Festival slated for October 3, 2009; WNMC 90.7, Traverse City’s local college radio; local farmers and others.
The Good Work Collective will help with sustainability at the festival by implementing recycling and using compostable serving ware and wind- and solar-power stages for the event.