The summer heat is no match for the SoWal Craft Beer and Spirits Festival.
The inaugural event will be held from 12-4 p.m. Aug. 3 at Shades Bar & Grill in Inlet Beach. Cooled tents will set the stage for the outdoors event, with tables that include more than 60 craft beers, ciders, Florida distilled craft spirits, and rosé wine and mimosas.
The event will benefit Children's Health Volunteer network.
Beer and spirit experts will be on-site sharing their knowledge with attendees. Food samplings will be provided by Shades Bar and Grill, Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar, and Southside Slice Pizzeria. Counts-Oakes Resort Properties is the official lodging partner offering discounts to people coming in for the event and Gulf Coast Go is the official transportation sponsor offering ticket holders free rides on event day.
A radio host will be pumping out the jams all day and announcing sponsors. For added entertainment, there will be two bounce houses and a cornhole section for kids. Expect a laid-back event where casual attire is welcome and highfalutin attitudes are checked at the door.
Tickets are available at Shades30a.com or directly at www.xorbia.com/e/shades30a/shades-fest. Tickets in June are $40/early entry admission and $30/general admission. Tickets in July are $50/early entry and $40/general admission. Tickets week of event will be $60/early entry and $50/general admission.
Early entry will be from 12-1. During that time, people who have purchased early entry tickets will be able to enter and general admission will begin at 1 p.m.