BELLEFONTE — The Summer Craft Beverage Expo is back at Talleyrand Park on Sunday, making it the perfect way to wrap-up the Historic Bellefonte Cruise weekend. Hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Tasting Trail, the two-session event features local craft beer, wine, spirits and cider along with food trucks, vendors and live music.
Event organizers said they are glad to host the fourth edition of the event after a year off due to COVID. They said they worked hard to provide a safe and fun event.
“Our largest excitement is seeing this expo come together,” said Celesta Powell, managing director of the CPTT. “We took a leap and started working with the Bellefonte Borough in February. We attempted to plan an event hoping the restrictions would be less than what they were, but committed to making it feel good and safe for everyone coming.”
The Tasting Trail is a collection of 13 craft beverage makers — four breweries, four wineries, two distilleries and three cideries — that call central Pennsylvania home. Powell said said the event is a great way for the community to experience all members together in one fun location.
“The collaboration of our members and being able to be out in the community is also a great feeling,” she said. “Our trail has two new members this year with Axemann Brewery and 814 Cider Works. It just keeps getting better and better.”
The focus on local extends beyond the alcoholic beverages, as vendors include Rebelz Eatery, Sunset Slush Happy Valley, Miller’s Tropical Sno, Mount NitaNee Kombucha, Bees Knees Coffees, Crumbkowski (pastries and sweets), Brazilian Munchies, Standing Stone Coffee and more.
The first session — noon to 3 p.m. — will see DJs Gingerman and Timmy Tats spinning the turntable, while the later session running from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. will feature Ted & Molly
“We are doing two separate times so there is more real estate for everyone. Our DJ for the first session is such a great sound you will just want to sit back and relax. Ted & Molly will then bring their legendary show in at 4 p.m.,” Powell said.
New this year, Local Historia will be on hand providing tours of the old Roopsburg Brewery beer cellars.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include admission, a tasting at each trail member tent and future tasting discounts. Powell said event attendees should bring their lounge chairs and enjoy a nice afternoon in one of Centre County’s favorite parks.