April 26, 2023
Local beers and bands will again be celebrated at Fort Henry this year when YGK Craft Beer Fest returns on June 10, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Starting April 26, guests can book their tickets online for this summer waterfront festival which pairs the impressive heritage and history of Fort Henry with Kingston’s dynamic cultural life.
YGK Craft Beer Fest is a waterfront festival at Fort Henry National Historic Site celebrating craft food and drink, music, and scenic views. Fort Henry comes alive with live entertainment performances, games, and photo ops as guests experience gourmet food truck vendors, artisan vendors and beverage vendors serving up beer, cider and other special offerings. The day’s full line-up will include all-day live music, lawn games and photo ops, while guests peruse and partake from gourmet food truck vendors, artisan vendors and a wide selection of beverage vendors serving up craft beer, cider and other special offerings.
This year, YGK Craft Beer Fest will rock a new super-sized area of Fort Henry, at the East Park area of the grounds. Double the event space offers flatter, more accessible ground and tree-shaded spaces sweeten the waterfront views.
Also new this year, the 19+ ‘Hopped Up’ ticket offers a premium way to experience YGK Craft Beer Fest, including access to fast-entry line, Great Hall indoor lounge and patio, indoor washrooms, complimentary snacks and artisanal sodas, and an exclusive token stand to beat the lines. Also included is a voucher to return to Fort Henry for regular summer programming.
Guests to YGK Craft Beer Fest are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items in support of Partners in Mission Food Bank. Most needed items include pasta sauce, stewed and canned tomatoes, canned meat and fish, 100% fruit juice, peanut butter, cereal, baby food, diapers and monetary donations. New local community partnerships will see all aluminium cans from YGK Craft Beer Fest recycled by Novelis Inc. to support Habitat for Humanity Kingston Limestone Region in building safe and affordable housing in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington regions.
As an organization that has put health and safety at the forefront of everything it does, St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) is committed to ensuring the safe service of alcohol at Fort Henry. Attendees must have their ID ready upon entry. Coloured wristbands will be used to identify those of legal drinking age. Tickets can be purchased with and without drink tokens. Amey’s Taxi will have a designated pick-up area at YGK Craft Beer Fest.
Tickets are available now for purchase online at www.YGKCraftBeerFest.com.
About Fort Henry
Fort Henry was built between 1832 and 1837, designed as the key site in a network of fortifications for the defense of the Rideau Canal and the Kingston harbour. Garrisoned by British soldiers until 1870, and abandoned by Canadian troops in 1891, Fort Henry fell into disrepair. In 1936, the Fort underwent restoration and opened as a living history museum in 1938. Now a National Historic Site, Fort Henry has seen millions of visitors pass through its gates, entering the realm of 19th century military life. Guests experience self-guided tours, scenic views, heart-pounding musical performances and precision military demonstrations by the Fort Henry Guard, a highly disciplined group of student recruits trained as British soldiers from 1867.
About St. Lawrence Parks Commission
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission, an agency of the Government of Ontario, operates facilities stretching from Kingston to the Quebec border, including Upper Canada Village, Fort Henry National Historic Site of Canada (and a UNESCO World Heritage Site); Kingston Pen Tours, Crysler Park Marina, Upper Canada Golf Course, Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary and 10 campgrounds and 6 beach day-use picnic areas including the Long Sault and Thousand Islands Parkways.
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