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Ipswich Ale Brewery Cask and Clam Fest
Sat, May 13, 2017, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
The first annual Ipswich Ale Brewery Cask and Clam Fest (which is a culmination of events during Cask and Clam Week) will take place from 12pm-6pm on Saturday, May 13, in downtown Ipswich (EBSCO parking lot, Union St, and Riverwalk Area). The event will feature live music on two stages, specialty cask ales, beers served from tapmobiles, oyster shucking competition, food trucks, and more. The Tasting Pavilion (which will be open from 12-3pm only) will feature food samples from local restaurants competing for the judge's choice and people's choice awards.
There is no fee for admission to this family friendly event. Tickets for food sampling in the Tasting Pavillion are available for purchase online (limited food sampling tickets may be available for sale at the event). Beer tickets and t-shirts are available for purchase both online and at the event.
All proceeds from the Cask and Clam Fest will benefit local nonprofits that help with the conservation of clams and the clamming industry: Ipswich River Watershed Association and the Green Crab R&D Project.
Tasting Pavilion: Food samples from local restaurants will be served from 12pm-3pm only. Restaurants include:
- Salt (Ipswich)
- Tonno (Gloucester)
- Ithaki (Ipswich)
- Vasa (Salisbury)
- Port Tavern (Newburyport)
- The Grog (Newburyport)
- Evviva Cucina (Beverly)
- Timothy S Hopkins Catering (Essex)
- Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table
- and many more to be announced!
Each food sample costs 1 ticket. There are a limited number of tickets available. We cannot guarantee that food sampling tickets will be available for purchase at the event, so we recommend buying your food sampling tickets in advance! In the Pavillion, there will be an opportunity to vote on your favorite dish to award the People's Choice trophy. The Judge's Choice trophy will be awarded by a panel of judges, including:
- Sen. Bruce Tarr, State Senator, 1st Essex and Middlesex District
- Rep. Brad Hill, State Representative for the 4th Essex District
- Scott Lapreste, Ipswich Shellfish Warden
- Roger Warner, Founder of Green Crab R&D Project
- Judy A Field, Ipswich Board of Selectmen
- Steve DiFillippo, CEO of Davios
- Represenative of Ipswich River Watershed Association
Cask Pavilion: In addition to the fleet of tapmobiles from Ipswich Ale Brewery that will be serving a variety of delicious, hand-crafted beers, several casks will be tapped specially for this event in the Cask Pavilion. Members of NERAX (New England Real Ale Exhibition), including author and cask enthusiast Randy Baril, will help serve and discuss these beers. Beer tickets can be purchased in advance online, or at the event. Each 16oz serving of beer requires one beer ticket. Valid ID showing proof of legal drinking age (must be born on or before May 13, 1996) is required for beer purchases. No beer tickets, even those purchased ahead of time, will be given to anyone without a valid ID.
Food Trucks: Food and beverages from a variety of food trucks will be available for purchase at the event. Vendors include:
- Copperdome Crust Pizza
- A&B Burgers
- Little Wolf Coffee Cart
- Whoo(pie) Wagon
- White Farms Ice Cream
- Ipswich Soda Pop
Shucking Competition: Staff from local restaurants will compete in a live shucking competition.
Live music: Several bands will play on 2 stages throughout the afternoon:
- MAIN STAGE: (by Riverwalk Murals)
12pm: Jambalaya Horns
1:30pm: Poppa Cigar
4:30pm: Orville Giddings
- SECOND STAGE: (at corner of Union and Saltonstall by ESCBO parking garade)
12pm: The Whammy Bars
1:30pm: What Time is it, Mr. Fox?
3pm: Sarah and the Wild Versatile
4:30pm: The Nonplussed
- Local poets from Ipswich, including Blaine Hebbel, will read their poetry on both stages between musical acts. (These poets will also be performing at the 6th annual "Celebration of the American Voice", a three-day poetry reading event at the Hall Haskell House in Ipswich on May 11-13.)
Booths/Activities: The growing list of other booths and activites at the Fest includes:
- Coast Guard Auxiliary Saftey Demonstration with Coastie, the safety boat robot
- Ipswich River Watershed Association
- Green Crab R&D project
- EBSCO Job Fair Booth
- Tedford's booth with clamming equipment
- Howard's Entertainment
- Appearance by First Ipswich Bank's "Shucky the Clam"
(The Cask and Clam Fest is the culmination of Cask and Clam Week events at the Ipswich Ale Brewer's Table. See the full line up the week's events at: www.ipswichalebrewery.com)
- NO REFUNDS will be offered for any reason.
- Valid ID showing proof of legal drinking age (must be born on or before May 13, 1996) is required for beer purchases. No beer tickets, even those purchased ahead of time, will be given to anyone without an ID.
- This is a family friendly event. All ages welcome to attend. Must be 21+ to drink beer.
- Well-behaved, leashed dogs are also welcomed.
- This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE!
Special thanks to our sponsors:
Save time and money! Buy your tickets in advance! Food sampling tickets are limited!
Online Ticket Sales End at 11:30pm Thursday, May 11.
All prepurchased tickets and t-shirts will be available at WILL CALL tables organized by the last name listed on the order. Please make sure to bring a valid ID (with proof of age 21+ if beer tickets are purchased).
BEST DEAL-- Happiest Clam Pack: $110.00 (20 food sampling tickets, 5 beer tickets, 2 t-shirts; 21+ ONLY; valid ID required at event; choose t-shirts sizes during the billing step)
Happy as a Clam Pack: $75.00 (20 food sampling tickets and 5 beer tickets; 21+ ONLY; valid ID required at event)
1 Food Sampling Ticket: $4
Pack of 10 Food Sampling Tickets: $35
Pack of 20 Food Sampling Tickets: $60
1 Beer Ticket: $5 (21+ ONLY; valid ID required at event)
Pack of 5 beer tickets: $20 (21+ ONLY; valid ID required at event)
T-shirt: $20 (available in adult unisex sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL)
Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
A: You can email firstname.lastname@example.org ; call 978-356-3329 ; or visit http://www.ipswichalebrewery.com for more information.
Q: What's the refund policy?
A: All tickets and payments are nonrefundable. Absolutely no refunds will be given. Up to 24 hours before the event, you can transfer your order to a friend by changing your registration information.
Q: Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
A: This is a family friendly event, so all ages are welcome to attend. However, in order to drink beer, an ID is required to show proof of legal drinking age (must be born on or before May 13, 1996)
Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
A: No need to print anything! All tickets will be held at WILL CALL at the event, organized by the LAST NAME on the order. The name on the order MUST match the name on the ID of the person picking up the tickets. You can change the name on your order up to 24 hours before the event. No beer tickets will be given without an ID showing proof of legal drinking age (must be born on or before May 13, 1996)
Q: Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?
A: NO! The name on the order MUST match the name on the ID of the person picking up the tickets. You can change the name on your order up to 24 hours before the event. No beer tickets will be given without an ID showing proof of legal drinking age (must be born on or before May 13, 1996)
Q: I have food restrictions (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, allergies, etc). What food and drink options will be available for me?
A: There will be options available for all diets and preferences! Ipswich Ale Brewery will be serving the Celia Saison, a gluten-free beer option, in addition to Ipswich Soda Pops which are also gluten-free. Every dish in the Tasting Pavilion will be made with seafood (clams or green crabs). All ingredients of each dish will posted in the Tasting Pavilion to check for gluten-free and allergy-free options. A variety of food options will be available for purchase at the food trucks, including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.