Q&A: What You Need to Know for the 2015 Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Windsor Craft Beer Festival
Windsor Craft Beer Festival

Just in case you had a few questions about the 2015 Windsor Craft Beer Festival, we decided to try and cover all the bases.

When and where is the festival?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival takes place within Willistead Park with the entrance on the eastern side along Devonshire Rd. Hours of operation are:

  • Friday, October 16, 2015:  5:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 17, 2015:  5:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Why does the festival end so early?

The Windsor Craft Beer Festival takes place in the vibrant neighbourhood and we want to be good neighbours. There is also a vibrant business distract steps down the road so 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.

The crowds flocked to the Windsor Craft Beer Festival last year.
A great crowd at Windsor Craft Beer Festival last year.

Where do I park?

Parking in and around the festival site is limited. We strongly suggest and encourage coordinating a responsible 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 for $1.50 each.

What does a token get me?

1 token – 4oz

2 tokens – 8 oz

3 tokens – 12 oz

Can I use my tokens for food instead of beer?

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

Beers lined up showcasing the Windsor Craft Beer Festival
Beers lined up showcasing the Windsor Craft Beer Festival

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! We’ll have Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co., Road Chef and Motor Burger serving great food within the festival site. Robbie’s has event released some new sausages just for the festival and that are made with beer!

Why are the tasting cups small and made of plastic?

Please remember, this is a beer tasting event, not a beer guzzling 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 and fall within the City of Windsor requirements.

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:

  • Anyone under 19 years of age
  • 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.

Windsor Craft Beer Festival

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) or @WindsorBeerFestival on Twitter and tag us. Video recording equipment (not including smart phones) will require media credentials and requires pre-approval by event staff. Be sure to use the #WCBF2015 hashtag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

What if it rains?

Rain or shine, the show must go on!

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

No. Once you enter and then leave the festival grounds, you will not be permitted to re-enter.

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 including the Detroit Party Marching Band.

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.

Whom do I contact to volunteer at the festival?

Contact WindsorEats at 519-982-5212 or info@windsoreats.com


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