This year marks the 17th anniversary of the Flatlander’s Beer Festival, an event in support of the True North Youth Foundation.
Kait Flett is the game day and events manager for the foundation. She describes the event as similar to a wine festival, except it gives patrons a chance to sample a broad range of beers from around the globe.
“Each year, we’ve seen tremendous growth, and each year gets a little bit bigger, so this year we’ll have over 100 booths, our first time reaching three digits … and over 375 beers will be available for sample at the festival.”
Patrons receive a mug and a programme and can sample as many or few beers as they like. There is also a liquor mart store on site where beer can be ordered and delivered to customers’ local liquor marts.
The True North Youth Foundation is dedicated to reaching out and supporting underserved youth.
One of its programs is the Winnipeg Jets Academy, which “is a long-term program that starts in Grade 2 and follows students all the way through high school graduation and beyond. This year, we have over 850 students in that program,” Flett says.
“Flatlander’s (is) one of our main fundraisers for the year and is a great way to … kind of join beer and different tastes with charity, giving back to the community,” Flett says.
A list of beers is available at flatlandersbeerfest.com/featured-beer/.