Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Just in case you had a few questions, we decided to try and cover all the bases.

When and where is the festival?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival takes place at 525 Argyle Road in front of Walkerville Brewery. Hours of operation are:

  • Friday, October 18, 2013:  5:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 19, 2013:  3:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Why does the festival end so early?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival takes place in the vibrant neighbourhood and business district of Old Walkerville. We want you to attend our festival and have the opportunity to visit some of the unique and wonderful businesses located around us.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

You must bring a ticket with you to be scanned to allow you entry to the festival. This ticket can either be printed or be the electronic version accessible on your smartphone or wireless device.

What is the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable. The festival will occur rain or shine.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All festival attendees must be 19 or older to enter. A valid government ID is required for festival entry, with NO exceptions.

Where do I park?

Parking in and around the festival site is limited. We suggest and encourage coordinating a ride to the event, walking, riding your bike or taking public transportation.

Where do I pick up my tokens?

You will be provided 5 token with each ticket purchase upon entering the festival.

Can I buy additional tokens?

When you purchase a Windsor Craft Beer Festival ticket, you will receive 5 tokens on arrival.  Token booths will be onsite for you to purchase additional tokens.

What does a token get me?

1 token – 4oz

2 tokens – 8 oz

3 tokens – 12 oz (VIP only)

Can I use my tokens for food instead of beer?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival tokens are interchangeable between food and drink.

Why should I purchase advance tickets to the fest?

Instead of having the event at festival plaza, we’ve opted for a good ol’ fashion neighbourhood party. With that come restrictions in how many people can attend. Because of the small, intimate nature of the event, our capacity is limited and we anticipate selling out in advance of the festival dates.

As an attendee, what is the focus of this event, and what can I expect?

When we set out to throw a craft beer festival in Windsor, our main focus was throwing an event we would personally want to go to. Selfish, I know. You can expect a fun, boisterous crowd that appreciates craft beer. We’ll even recite an ode to beer throughout the evening and raise our glass to the craft. You’ll find numerous booths with several beers at each station for you to sample and enjoy. Often times, the head brew master or owner of the brewery will be at the booth to talk about what they do, and how they do it. This event is about enjoying, and learning what craft beer can be.

Will you have any special beers I can’t buy at my local store? Where’s the beer list?

That’s one of our main goals, and we aim to have beers at our festival that you can’t find on any store shelves. While we don’t have a final beer list yet we will provide you with a list when you arrive.

Will there be any food or non-alcoholic beverages available?

Of course! St. Clair College is our official food vendor for the event. We’ve been working with them to create a menu that is beer friendly.

Why are the tasting cups small and made of plastic?

Please remember, this is a beer tasting event, not a beer drinking event. We encourage you to try many different beers to see all that craft beer has to offer! Plastic cups ensure a safe event for all patrons.

Who is responsible for throwing the Windsor Craft Beer Festival?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival is organized by the folks at WindsorEats in partnership with Motor Craft Ales.

What items are not allowed in the festival?

The following items are prohibited:

  • Outside food, drink, or alcoholic beverages
  • Pets
  • Backpacks, suitcases, coolers, or other large bags
  • Unapproved marketing material of any kind (pamphlets, handouts, advertisements)
  • Weapons (knives, pepper spray, any concealed weapons or firearms, fists of fury, etc.)
  • Illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks
  • Other items as determined by event security.
  • Yetis, minotaurs and other scary creatures of folklore.

All bags are subject to search upon entry to the event. Security reserves the right to request patrons to return prohibited items to their vehicle, or dispose of these items; non-cooperation may lead to ejection from the event.

What is your Photography and Marketing Policy?

We encourage you to take photographs at the event! In fact, we hope that you’ll post some photos to our FaceBook page (Windsor Craft Beer Festival) and tag us. Video recording equipment (not including smart phones) will require media credentials and requires pre-approval by event staff.

What if it rains?

Rain or shine, the show must go on!

Can I re-enter the festival once I’ve left?

Yes. As long as you have your wristband, and based on capacity, you will be able to re-enter the event. Just remember, once you leave, we allow others to enter the festival. Leaving the festival does not guarantee re-entry.

Will there be ATMs at the festival?


Can I buy beer at the festival and leave with them?


Will there be music?

Yes. What’s a festival without music? We’ve been handpicking some great local acts to play at the festival.

Will there be souvenir merchandise?

Yes. We will have official Windsor Craft Beer Festival swag onsite as well as glass pints and a few other novelty items.

If I feel like I cannot drive home, will there be a taxi service available?

We have will have contact list for local taxi companies available if you should need a ride home.

Intoxicated Patrons

All festival attendees are expected to drink responsibly. Any guest who is believed to be intoxicated when entering the festival will be denied entry, and a refund for your admission will not be provided. Any attendee who is found intoxicated or causing general disturbance will be asked to leave the festival grounds without a refund.

How do I become a sponsor?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival would not exist without the generous support of private and corporate sponsorship as well as our community partnerships. We offer a wide range of sponsorship packages. Get started by contacting us via e-mail at

Whom do I contact to volunteer at the festival?

Contact WindsorEats at 519-982-5212 or