By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA — The village is planning its first adult-only event, complete with adult beverages a la Oktoberfest.
“Brews, Bites and Bands” will be held Oct. 8 at Mosher Park.
“It is an adult event, 21 and over, if you want to enter the beer garden,” organizer and Village Trustee Caitlin Appleby said at the village board’s Sept. 20 meeting. “The music will be in the beer garden, and the beer garden will be on the basketball and tennis courts.”
Those not looking to partake in adult beverages, or those who are underage, will still be able to enjoy activities outside the beer garden.
“You will be allowed to bring chairs and sit outside the basketball courts if you are under 21,” Appleby said. “Food will be outside the basketball court so the music and the food are still accessible to the public, but if you want to purchase alcohol, you have to be 21 to enter the beer garden.”
Beer will be available from local Rail to River Brewing and Emporium Farm Brewery, along with three additional craft brews and New Scotland Spirits.
There will be plenty of food available from local businesses including Frese’s, Smoking Pig Deli & Bakery, MVP Snack Shack, Vasto’s Vending, Sweet Daisy’s Cookies and the Ravena Fire Department.
Three bands will perform live during Brews, Bites and Bands, including Northern Comfort, Sugar Skull and Stephanie Fansler & Rob Zolner.
“This is really and truly a labor of local love,” Appleby said. “There are three bands who are all local members, the food is local, the organizers are local, so it is kind of cool to see what we are going to throw in our backyard, and hopefully start competing with some of our neighboring municipalities in terms of events like this.”
The event will begin at 4 p.m. on Oct. 8 at Mosher Park, and will conclude at 9 p.m.
The park has long been the site for many events and festivals in the village, but this one is unique.
“This is our first event geared to adults,” Deputy Mayor Nancy Warner said.
Appleby said it was time for the adults to have some fun, too.
“I feel like we do a lot for the kids and youth, and it’s time to do something for the grownups,” Appleby said.
Brews, Bites and Bands is sponsored by Baroni Recycling, Thiele Carting and Rail to River Brewing.
There is no fee to enter the event or the beer garden.