Enjoy 15 local breweries, serving 30+ beers, along with local food trucks and vendors at Shore Craft Beer Festival's OCtoberfest on October 28.The Shore Craft Beer Festival, also being called OCtoberfest, features a number of local breweries and their beers that take on the OCtoberfest theme. It runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 28 in Sunset Park, overlooking Assawoman Bay and is co-sponsored by the Town of Ocean City. Almost all of the breweries that are being featured in the festival are true local breweries. [gallery columns="5" ids="4469,4470,4471,4472,4473,4474,4475,4476,4477,4478,4479,4480,4481"] Food trucks will also be on scene, including Buddy's Crabs and Ribs., Rosenfields Jewish Deli, and The Street Kitchen and live music will be provided by local jam duo, The Poole Brothers. A number of other vendors will also be on hand selling their wares.
General admission tickets cost $30 and get you in the door at 1:30 p.m. and VIP Tickets cost $15 more and come with a commemorative t-shirt as well as entry into the festival an hour earlier. The first 750 people through the gates, regardless of ticket level, will get a free commemorative tasting glass. There will be some special beer tastings made for and exclusively available to VIP ticket holders. If you are bringing along a designated driver, their tickets cost just $10 and come with free soda and water. Unlike other beer festivals, the Shore Craft Beer Festival is both child and pet friendly, though the organizers ask that your dogs remain leashed at all times. Interested in tickets? You can purchase your General Admission, VIP, and Designated Driver tickets here. The further away we get from peak season, the more normal Ocean City tends to become. Sure, many businesses and restaurants shutter up for the winter, but there are still a number of great events to take us into the fall. And because there are fewer tourists, the Fall's events have a much more subdued, local feel to them. Take the Shore Craft Beer Festival as an example. If the organizers tried to host an OCtoberfest-type event during the summer time, there would be debauchery as far as the eye can see. Okay, that might be an exaggeration, but you get the point. Now that the crowds have left, this festival is going to have a much more... calm feel to it.