The Mountain Harvest Festival this Saturday at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy offers a beautiful location, a wonderful community, joy-inspiring music, family fun, crafts and food booths - and some really great microbrew beers. Come dance, taste and revel in a Sierra fall day among a great group of folks.
More than 30 microbrewers will provide plenty of different beers to sample. Wine connoisseurs can sample wines from a collection of organic and domestic wines hosted by Quincy Natural Foods while their friends taste beers.
Schedule of Events
o Gates open at noon: General admission a the gate, $10; children under 12, $3;
o Art fun for kids: 1 - 5 p.m.
o 1 - 2:30 p.m., The Devilles bring you vintage funk and old-school soul.
Gates close at 5:30 p.m.
"Our beer guy, Keith Linford, is excited about beer," said Plumas Arts Executive Director Roxanne Valladao. "He has been the inspiration for this event and has been our primary beer curator since we started some seven years ago. His joy drives the beer tasting. I think it is just that spirit - of joy and celebration- that makes this one of the best events that Plumas Arts produces."
Linford proudly features "local" breweries from not too far from home at the Mountain Harvest Fest. The event also pays homage to the dedicated craftspeople who create artisan microbrews. Great Basin Brewing Company, established in 1993, is Nevada's oldest brewery with numerous medals from the great American Beer Festival, considered the most prestigious competition for microbrew beers in the Western United States. And it is here, in the West, that microbrews have become a sensation.
Western Pacific Brewery hails from Oroville. Feather River Brewing is produced in Magalia. Linford refers to Roger of Feather River Brewing as "the ultimate one-man show." His hands are on the production of his brews from cleaning the kegs to pouring a glass and sharing the fruits of his labor.
"Many of these breweries have been with us from the beginning of our event," added Valladao, "Keith has cultivated a friendly relationship with these brewers. They love coming to Quincy.
"The folks from Stone call this one of their favorite brew tasting events. Rubicon has always been with us, occasionally passing up larger events in their hometown of Sacramento to attend. Sierra Nevada, also with the brew fest since the inaugural years, is the granddaddy of the microbrew industry, and had now evolved to a 95 percent green business that has become an international model.
"The breweries have been so generous and open hearted; Plumas Arts owes every one an extraordinary debt of gratitude. It is a privilege to bring those wonderful folks together and host them here in Quincy.
"They enjoy each other's company as well as this local crowd, which, for this afternoon, includes all the folks who travel miles and fill our motels, because at this event feels like several generations have come home for a reunion.
"In fact, many of the 20- and 30-something generation use the Mountain Harvest for just that. There will be a lot of serious beer talkin' going on and tons of fun."
Plumas Arts invites you to come and have fun; drink responsibly and make sure your collection of friends has a designated driver. Let event staff know if you would like to get a ride or offer a ride, so organizers can arrange carpooling.
The event goes on rain or shine. If the weather does not allow the event to set up outdoors, it moves indoors at the fairgrounds.
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