In a stroke of inspired innovation, the Oregon Garden has introduced camping to its Brewfest summer festival. Traditionally held on the Father’s Day weekend in Silverton, the popular event is situated among the forest and winding paths of the Garden’s 80 acres of garden. The festival has always featured dozens of breweries – but this year, attendees can camp on-site in tents or RVs as well.
BrewCamp is a completely original concept. “We have not heard of any events that combine this level of music, craft beer tastings, and wine, along with the opportunity to camp on-site,” says Sarah Mason of Oregon Garden.
The festival will include booths featuring more than 40 breweries, more than 80 craft beers, ciders and meads and even specialty beers created exclusively for the festival. At the same time, live music on two stages will show the talents of diverse and popular bands Vintage Trouble, Ozomatli, Blitzen Trapper – and many others.
“Camping in The Oregon Garden was a logical next step for a beloved 13-year event,” says Mason. “With acres and acres of usable space, surrounded by educational specialty gardens, spending the weekend in The Oregon Garden is the perfect opportunity to introduce tent and RV camping to the festival’s beer and music lovers.”
A Brewer’s Dinner will kick off the festival on Thursday, June 14, with an exclusive six-course small plates meal, with beer pairings from breweries XIcha, Logsdon, Scout, Seven Brides, pFreim, and Zoiglhaus. Tickets for the Brewer’s Dinner are limited. With summer weather and thousands of flowers in full bloom, it should be a memorable experience.
The idea to introduce camping may have originated last summer when the Garden allowed people to camp during its Total Eclipse of the Garden party, organized to celebrate the August 2017 total solar eclipse.
“BrewCamp is a 3-day immersion experience,” Mason says, “a festival setting where attendees can enjoy an eclectic musical lineup with outdoor day and evening concerts; shop among artisan vendors in the BrewCamp marketplace; learn by doing from demos on home brewing to chainsaw carving, flower crown to tie-dye workshops, kid’s crafts to geocaching, outdoor yoga to yard games and much more.”
Many new breweries will attend this year’s festival, and many have made specialty beers just for this event. Tastings will take place in multiple areas of the Garden, all within easy walks or tram rides. Attendees can come for the day or spend the weekend.
“We know of no other place in the Pacific Northwest where you can experience 3 days of craft beer and wine tasting; camping under the stars and dancing and listening to over a dozen internationally-known bands surrounded by a glorious 80-acres botanical garden,” says Mason. It is, “in our opinion, the best way to kick off an Oregon summer.”
Image above: Courtesy of Oregon Garden BrewCamp
Oregon Garden Brew Camp
The Oregon Garden
879 W. Main Street
June 15 – 17, 2018
Multi-day passes, single-day tickets, campsites and more available at: www.BrewCampFest.com