If you are hoping to attend World Beer Festival in Raleigh this Saturday, you might be in luck. Organizers said some tickets are still available for the event in Moore Square.
Tickets went on sale in late February for All About Beer subscribers and to the general public in early March. Last month, organizers said 60 percent of the tickets had been sold. The event normally sells out.
The festival has two four-hour sessions (noon- 4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m.) Both sessions will feature the same material. Admission to a single session is $40 in advance and $50 on the day of the event, if available.
VIP tickets are $75 per session and include a World Beer Festival commemorative glass, an upscale food buffet (hot catered meal), a private hospitality area, a separate entrance, private restrooms, a gift bag and extra special beers not available at the brewers’ tables.
Some highlights of this year's event:
Head to the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium and The Art of Beer gardens to sample hundreds of beers or check out the NC Brewers Beer Garden, where beer made here in North Carolina will be available for tasting.
A new feature is the Art of Beer Village. Guests will be able to learn about off-flavors, the state's own malt house and how farmers are learning to grow hops in North Carolina while tasting beer. There will also be panels about pairing food with certain beers.
If you get hungry, don't worry. About 10 vendors, including Mellow Mushroom, will be on hand selling some grub. Complimentary bottled water will be provided by Woody's at City Market.
Live music starts at noon and goes through 10 p.m.
Some proceeds from the event will go to local nonprofit Artsplosure.