• Lauren Mitchell

Festi-bières international du Suroît coming this summer


Salaberry-de-Valleyfield Mayor Denis Lapointe discussed the success of last year's Festi-Biere and hopes that this upcoming June 2016 festival will be able to raise even more funds for the Defi-Loges project.

The town of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield will be holding its second Beer Fest event this June in support of the Défi-Loges project. This year, the festival will be extended for a total of four days from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19. The event will be held at the Parc Delpha-Sauvé and will include beer and wine tasting, performances by a number of musical artists and all-age activities.

“Last year went extraordinarily well, and I know this year will be even better,” said Jean Luc Pomerleau, General Director of the event.

Presented by the APDIS (Association des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle du Suroît), the Défi-Loges project involves plans to begin construction of an 8-unit building dedicated exclusively to people with mild intellectual disabilities and/or a disorder of the autism spectrum (ASD).

“Last year was a big success, which told us that people wanted a festive event that was more varied than what they are used to,” said Salaberry-de-Vallyefield Mayor Denis Lapointe. “The cause, as to which we have gathered, is to further the realization of a large project for people who are intellectually challanged. We want to make it a reality for them that they can live an autonomous lifestyle”.

Those who want to experience all the festival has to offer can purchase a 4-day pass for $35. Otherwise, the cost of a ticket for the day for an adult is $10 and tax receipts for donations can be provided. For children aged 13 to 17, the cost is $7 and children younger than 12 will be granted free access. All of the funds collected during the festival will go directly to fund the Défi-Loges project.

The festival will begin Thursday, June 16 and will go from 4 p.m. to midnight. Le Bien Cuit d’Arnold, an equestrian event, presented by the Lions’ Club will be performing from 5:30 pm to 8:15 pm, in which tickets will cost $25. On Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18, the festival will run from noon to midnight and will wrap up Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m.. Throughout the nights of each date of the festival, a total of 14 performances by different musicians and singers will take place on the grounds.

During the day time, there will be 19 beer breweries, three vineyard representatives, and three cider makers present at the festival. Participants also include natural honey, and port wine companies showcasing their products. Various types of food and drink will be served also, and a number of food trucks will be present. For families, there will be activities for all ages that include inflatable games and a face painting station.

For more information about the festival, visit www.festibieres.com.

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