Hot sun. Cold beer. Tasty food. Talented performers. Sound good? No! It sounds amazing! Add some great friends and you have the basic recipe for a perfect day. If this is something you can see yourself doing, then you need to get to King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival on the 8th June.
The sixth annual King City Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival will feature a bevy of craft beer breweries, gourmet food trucks, and a day full of music. A few of my favourite breweries will be there and I’m excited to try some of the craft beers I haven’t had a chance to enjoy, like Beau’s, Side Launch Brewing Company, and Flying Monkey’s Brewery, from Barrie. I love Muskoka Brewery; their craft lager is just the right amount of bitter to be refreshing and thirst quenching. White’s Bay IPA is my favourite from The Collingwood Brewery. This beer, drunk ice-cold on a hot day, takes you very close to bliss. Another firm favourite in our house is Market Brewing Co.’s Beswick Lager – it’s beautifully crisp and smooth.
The other breweries who will be peddling their wares at the festival are Hockley Valley Brewing Co. from Orangeville; Old Flame Brewing Co., from Port Perry; Redline Brewhouse, from Barrie; and Arch Brewing Co., from Newmarket. A little closer to home is Caledon Hills Brewing. I’ll definitely give them some local support. If you’re a cider fan, then you won’t want to miss trying Slabtown Cider Co.’s handcrafted heritage cider.
Drinking beer in the hot sun pairs perfectly with great music. I’ll be enjoying the bands, installed comfortably on my picnic blanket, as I sample the many beers on offer. I’m excited to see Moscow Apartment. These talented musicians have won a slew of awards, feature regularly on the radio, and have managed to break through on US radio! I’m looking forward to seeing Future History, too. Their music has been described as ‘experimental alt-rock’ so I’m looking forward to experiencing their unique sound live. Born Ruffians, an inimitable indie-rock band, has toured with the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Tokyo Police Club, and The Hidden Cameras across the globe. They will be awesome to see live! The rest of the festival line up includes Shallow Rooted, Big Shiny 90s, Cynthia Tauro, Stacey Renee Music, Zoe Jayne, Jitensha, and Citizen Jane.
After all the beer ‘sampling’ and showing your enthusiastic support for local music, I bet you’ll be pretty hungry. Good thing it’s also a food truck festival, right? Whatever your preference is, you’ll probably find something delicious to sink your teeth into. Fried chicken your jam? Then #getstuffed with Fully Loaded. Big on BBQs? Then Urban Smoke will make your heart happy with their menu of sandwiches, poutine, ribs, fries and tacos. Maybe you prefer a little Mexican? Then Delight Bite Food Truck is just for you! Born To Eat will have you drooling over their mac ‘n cheese balls, and Bestia Food Truck, with it’s wood-burning oven, will serve the best Naples-style pizza any festival foodie could ask for. The Dogg Shoppe, Wickedly Sinful, Pressed & Co Juice Bar, and the Funnel Cake Express are guaranteed to have something that’ll hit the spot when your energy is flagging.
Summery Saturdays are meant to be spent outside, with friends, enjoying an ice-cold drink. Add in some song and dance, and a food truck feast for you and your famished friends, and your day is pretty much guaranteed to rock. If you are planning on sampling all of the beers, remember to organise a DD or make sure you call a taxi or Uber to get home safely. To find out more about the festival, and to buy tickets, go to www.kingcraftbeerandfood.com.