Hoover Ridge Hops Fest

Despite rain, last year’s Hops Fest was well-attended.

The Hoover Ridge Hops Festival returns to Madison for the second year next weekend at Hoover Ridge Park. The festival is designed to showcase craft beer from Virginia breweries, local food, craft type vendors and live music.

Two types of tickets are available for purchase—general admission tickets and tasting tickets. Tasting tickets are available for guests 21 and over and include a tasting glass and unlimited tastings.

The event one of the first for new Madison County Parks and Recreation Program/Event Coordinator Lindsay Von Herbulis. Von Herbulis is taking the reins from Valerie Miller and is looking forward to the festival.

“This will actually be my second event here at Hoover Ridge,” said Von Herbulis. “I started just before Picnic in the Park, but this is my first major event. I’m really excited about what we have lined up for it. Brian Grilli is playing this year. He is from Virginia Beach and has shared the stage with some big country stars like Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett and rockers Cheap Trick and .38 Special. We have lots of local craft breweries coming, including Starr Hill, Three Notch’d Brewery, Hardywood, Shock Top and Devil’s Backbone. This year we also have Nelson County’s Bold Rock cider. And for the less adventurous, Michelob Ultra.”

Madison-based Bald Top Brewing Company, Culpeper-based Beer Hound Brewery and Virginia Eagle Distributing are helping to sponsor the festival.

This year a variety of local food vendors—Bavarian Chef, Catch the Chef, 716 Slice and Captain Corbin’s Seafood—will be set up at the park.

Von Herbulis emphasized that there is a lot of planning and preparation that has gone into putting the event together. The funds raised by the hops festival will go toward the three ongoing major projects at the park including construction of a stage, a concession stand and permanent bathrooms and the high school softball diamond. The stage will be completed before the festival and Brian Grilli will be performing on it.. Funds raised at both the Wool and Wine and Hoover Ridge Hops Fest help with the construction at the park and support programs at the park.

The stage will also be used for movies in the park this fall. Von Herbulis has planned three evening movie nights September through November featuring recently released movies. September and November are geared for families while October is planned as an adult date night with food from Bavarian Chef and wine from Ducard available for purchase.

Tickets are available for Hops Fest and on sale now at EventBrite.com. Early bird tickets are $30 and will increase to $40 after Aug. 16. General admission tickets are required for anyone over 12 and are $5. There are also 20 picnic tables available for reservation at $10 per table.

Gates open at 1:30 p.m. and the festival runs until 7 p.m. with tastings until 6:30 p.m.

For more information visit hooverridge.com or call Lindsay Von Herbulis at the Madison County Parks and Recreation Department at (540) 308-1247.

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