Picture a small college town, fairly quiet on a cold February night. Then zoom in on that small town to the fairgrounds, where during a week in the summer, it is buzzing with people and entertainment. Those fairgrounds lay dormant for the winter time with not so much as a row of school buses lining the paved pathways. Now zoom in towards the permanent structure that typically houses the quilts for display during the folk festival and imagine that building bustling with young people tasting beer and wine from all over the country, talking with friends, and dancing to two of the best local bands- The Wallace Brothers Band and Frog Hollar. Now that’s what we call a great Saturday night in good ole Kutztown.
Friend Fest is sponsored by a local non-profit organization, Friend Inc. They are a wonderful group that helps individuals and families in need in Northeastern Berks County. They provide many different services including support groups, counseling, interventions, and a food pantry. Friend Inc. has several fundraising events throughout the year including an auction, Bowlathon, Brake the Cycle of Poverty Bike Ride, and this year’s 4th annual Friend Fest.
Friend Fest is a wonderful event and fundraiser where many locals purchase tickets that give them access to tasting over 20 different wineries and breweries from across the country. This year’s annual event was expanded to three separate tasting sessions to accommodate the growing interest among the community. We here at the inn attended the last session, 7-9:30, and had a ball socializing, drinking, and dancing the night away. A few of our favorites were the Oatmeal Stout from Vermont’s Wolaver’s Organic Brewing and their Wildflower Wheat, Sly Fox’s Lager, Paradox Vineyard’s warm spiced wine, and the University Wine Company’s U-Freeze wine slushies.
The three of us ladies here at the Inn really enjoyed ourselves (because most of you know how much we all like our wine). Overall it was a really wonderful event for a great cause. It’s always nice to see the community out supporting a local organization and we hope that next year’s event is just as successful.