The event will once again take place at Adventures Unlimited on US 64.
Organizer Will Oliver said the almost two-year-old festival is a longtime coming.
“Since the 1996 Olympics, I have not seen an event like this. It is the perfect venue. It is absolutely beautiful and then you have this really awesome river culture people who like these types of events,” he said. “I don’t know why it hasn’t happened before, but that is what drew us to set the event up.”
The second Ocoee Fest Home Brew Competition kicks off the event on Saturday, Aug. 30. Over 30 brewers are expected to take up the gauntlet to share their wares and compete for best brew.
Oliver explained there will be two cash prizes: one for the people’s choice brew and another for the judge’s choice. Brewers are expected to come from all across the Southeast.
“With the craft beer explosion that has taken place over the last five years, [as can be seen] with all of the micro breweries you see in Chattanooga and Atlanta and really all across the United States, people have kind of latched on to making their own beer,” Oliver said. “…They want to make it more flavorful instead of sticking with the standard domestic styles that were more popular before them.”
Those interested in a more established drink can show up Sunday, Aug. 31, for the Ocoee Fest Craft Beer Tasting. Attendees who are 21 and older will receive a glass to try “some of the finest craft beer” the Southern breweries have to offer. The Ocoee Fest website promises a complete list of brewers to be listed soon. Tarver Distributing has once again signed on for the event.
Eight bands have been selected to play over the course of the two-day event. Saturday’s lineup will include Parsonfield, Seven Handle Circus, Kyle Hanschke and a band still to be determined. Bands Behold the Brave, Eight Knives, Shark Week and Rob Leines are scheduled for Sunday. Songs from some of the bands have been uploaded at ocoeefest.com.
The entire festival is set up in the stay-and-play model. This means attendees are encouraged to enjoy the beer and music as well as local activities like kayaking, rafting and hiking. Options for camping out, whether in a hammock, tent, sleeping bag or RVs, will be available.
Both regular and VIP tickets are available for purchase. The regular Ocoee Fest ticket costs $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. It includes a two-day pass with access to the festival grounds and camping. The VIP ticket costs $30 in pre-sale and $35 at the door. The higher price ensures the ticket holder a commemorative tasting glass for the Home Brew Tasting.
Tickets will soon be available for purchase online.
Oliver said last year’s Ocoee Fest has made a lot of people excited about the upcoming event.
“It was a ton of fun,” he said. “That was the first time we’ve ever done it. We had a great turn out. Everyone really had fun and we are looking forward to expanding and doing an even bigger event this year.”