---- — Belgium is coming to Brewery Ommegang on Aug. 2 and 3 with tickets sales beginning April 1.
“Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” Ommegang’s exclusive Belgian-beer-tasting festival, offers beer enthusiasts the opportunity to taste hard-to-find Belgian ales from the Motherland and Belgian-style ales from all over North America. Seventy-five breweries will be on hand pouring more than 300 unique beers, according to a media release.
In addition to beer, there will be gourmet food vendors, brewing demonstrations, cheese tastings, live music, on-site camping and more. Winning chefs from Ommegang’s national Hop Chef competition will go head-to-head on Saturday vying for top honors in food and beer pairing. This year, BCTC will feature a Ferris wheel so guests can get a bird’s eye view of the grounds.
Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. Friday with five-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. The festival grounds will open at noon Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets. Tastings will begin at 2:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 3 p.m. for general admission. Tastings end at 7 p.m. There will be live music from 3 p.m. until midnight.
VIP tickets cost $250 and include the five-course beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, a complimentary bottle of Iron Throne Blonde Ale and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s event cost $90 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $110. Tickets go on sale at noon April 1 at Etix.com and Ommegang.com and are available until they sell out. According to a media release, VIP tickets have sold out in less than a minute for the last three years and all tickets generally sell out within a day of the event going on sale. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 544-1800 ext 813.