2016 Festival News

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Beer pourFrom the Moorpark Acorn

What’s old is new again for the Moorpark Beer Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Moorpark Morning Rotary Club and Enegren Brewing Company, the Moorpark Beer Festival is set to kick off Sat., Oct. 1 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The seventh annual food truck and craft beer event is returning to High Street, the first time it’ll be downtown since 2012. It had been moved to Moorpark College in 2013 to accommodate growing attendance numbers.

Last year, event organizers also chose to change the festival’s name to “Moorpark Harvest Festival” at the Ventura County Community College District’s recommendation to eliminate the reference to alcohol.

But this year “beer” is back.

Rotary Club president Adam Haverstock said he’s glad to see the fest come back to High Street and return to its original name.

He said last year’s event lost money due to the combination of holding the event in the early afternoon and the expense of hosting it at the college.

“We didn’t have a great turnout as we had in previous years,” he said. “We think that our guests that attend Moorpark Beer Festival like it as an evening event so (we wanted) to bring that back.”

Haverstock expects about 1,200 guests to attend this year. Although he says the event is going “back to the basics,” the Rotary Club’s new partnership with the Enegren Brewery Company is an element he hopes will make the festival a success.

“Frankly, I can’t say enough about our partnership with Enegren Brewery,” he said. “That’s really been great, because it’s brought in more and more local breweries and food vendors. . . . We’re trying not to bring in some of the major brands.”

John Bird, serving as Enegren’s master of festivities, echoed those sentiments.

“We are excited to help them make Moorpark Beer Festival a celebration of local craft beer and food,” Bird wrote in a press release. “Also, we are happy to be having the event back on High Street where it all began and to show off the local charm of downtown Moorpark.”

Haverstock said the Rotary Club will post a full food vendor list and entertainment lineup online in the weeks leading up to the event.

Proceeds from the beer festival will go to schools, nonprofit organizations and charities, such as the Simi Valley Hospital, Moorpark Police Volunteers, Relay for Life, Moorpark Education Foundation, Catholic Charities and the Moorpark Boys & Girls Club.

Haverstock’s goal is to raise at least $10,000 this year.

“Once (the festival is) over, the Rotary Club gets to donate to all the charities we support, and that’s what I’m really looking forward to,” he said.

Space for the 21-and-over event is limited; guests are encouraged to buy their tickets early. Tickets for the Moorpark Beer Festival are available at www.MoorparkBeerFestival.com.

Admission is $50 for unlimited beer sampling. Tickets for designated drivers are $25.

For more about the Morning Moorpark Rotary Club, visit moorparkmorningrotary.com.