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Germans aren’t the only ones that celebrate Oktoberfest – well at least not anymore. Last year Miami got it’s first taste of Grovetoberfest, a beer festival that, much like it’s German counterpart, brings beer lovers from across the country together to celebrate their love for…well…beer! What did we learn from last years Grovetoberfest? Well, we learned that South Floridians really love beer – which is why Grovetoberfest is back in action! Last year Grovetoberfest featured hundreds of beers from every corner of the globe and the best part? You get to try them all!
Grovetoberfest isn’t just about beer though, which is what makes this festival so appealing. Of course beer is the central focal point, but it goes above and beyond beer. Food is another aspect Grovetoberfest infuses into this beer festival. This year Milam’s Kitchen Lab at Grovetoberfest is where culinary experts like Chef Bradley Herron of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Chef Andre Bienvenu of Joe’s Stone Crab and Chef Lou Ramirez of Lou’s Beer Garden will be curating cooking demos of fantastic dishes that pair perfectly with all different types of beer. Chef Michell Sanchez of Latin House Burger & Taco Bar and Chef Nedal Ahmed of Pincho Factory will also be taking part in the Kitchen Lab demos. For a more in depth look at the chefs, their restaurants and the schedule for Milam’s Kitchen Lab at this years Grovetoberfest, CLICK HERE.
Grovetoberfest will also be holding the 2nd annual Miami’s Best Homebrew Contest where competitors have submitted their own home brews in the hopes of being the top dog in each category. Brewing not your thing? No problem! Head on over to the many Beer 101 classes that will be taking place with Dr. Barry H. Gump where things like the 5 S’s of beer will be discussed (See, Sniff, Sip, Spit/Swallow and Savor)! Dr. Gump was the first recipient of the Harvey R. Chaplin Eminent Scholar’s Char in Beverage Management at FIU’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (try saying that 5 times fast), which, in layman’s, terms means he knows his beer and wine. So when he speaks, you listen. And when you get hungry, there are plenty of food trucks that will be around for you to choose from. Grab a beer, some food and enjoy the live music!
Buy your general admission tickets early and save a few bucks! General admission tickets start at just $40. Want an upgraded experience? Check out the Beer Socialite Package for only $70! It grants you admission one hour early and comes with some nice goodies! VIP more your style? They’ve got that too. ALL Grovetoberfest tickets are available by CLICKING HERE.
Keep in mind, this event is for those 21 years of age and older. No exceptions. For more information, visit their FAQ page. Grovetoberfest has also partnered with Safe Ride Home to ensure all participants make it home safely and it’s free of charge.
Grovetoberfest takes place Saturday, October 19th at Peacock Park in Coconut Grove from 4pm to 7pm (depending on which ticket option you choose). CLICK HERE for a map.
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