Sip the Sunshine, All Florida Craft Beer Festival

sip_sunshineSaturday, October 29, 2016
Nathan Benderson Park

USF Sarasota/Manatee’s College of Hospitality


Sip the Sunshine is the premier All-Florida Craft Beer Festival showcasing the talents of Florida’s award-winning established breweries and those younger breweries you may not have heard of yet. This event is like no other the suncoast has ever seen, with 50 Florida Craft Breweries in attendance serving over 100 beers! We have also secured the area’s top chefs and caterers to create Florida-inspired cuisine for all attendees.
While guests are enjoying the best craft beer from the state, we are also giving the Florida Craft beer community reason to celebrate for years to come. A portion of the proceeds will be to the Food and Beverage Science Program at the University of South Florida Sarasota’/Manatee’s College of Hospitality and Tourism. This program will help train the next generation of Florida Brewers. The only way to continue the explosive growth Florida has seen in its craft beer community is to support the passion inside those beer enthusiasts that want to take the next step. The school’s dedication to the future of Florida craft beer is worth supporting.
In addition to an incredible craft beer selection and amazing food in the main tasting tent, we have also created a true VIP experience for guests. Award winning chefs. Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison’s Restaurant Group, Chef Steve Phelps of Indigenous, Chef Christian Hershman of Looped Square Collective, Chef Darwin Santa Maria of Cevichela and Chef Jay Norris of Jack Dusty at the Ritz Carlton have created a 5-Course Beer Pairing luncheon with Coppertail Brewery, Calusa Brewery, Darwin Brewery, Chela Brewery and Big Top Brewery. This unique opportunity is limited to 250 guests and the air conditioned tent will be available to them from noon until 9pm.
To top off the day we have a musical line up unlike any other beer festival! Jah movement Reggae Band will kick off the day followed by Have Gun Will Travel and Heavy Pets. The evening will end with our event headliner, the one and only Grammy Award winning Blues Traveler! If there is one thing we know for sure…this will be a day to remember!


MEDIA CONTACT: Nikki Logan Curran

Suncoast Festivals Marketing Team

Hitched and Honey – Owner