Event Recap: Inaugural CoVa BeerFest & Food Truck Rodeo
My, oh my, did summer get kicked off right. If you didn’t make it to our Inaugural Beerfest you sure missed out, but good thing I've got the scoop for you here!
'Twas June 20th, summer’s eve. The hubby and I arrived, unsure of how to dress because of the day’s forecast: a chance of rain. But, the blue skies convinced us we didn’t need to bring an umbrella. We headed in to find Korean barbecue, wood-fired pizza, life-sized beer pong, cupcakes and beer galore! The Inaugural CoVa BeerFest and Food Truck Rodeo was in full swing. Food trucks were on the outskirts as beer tents were at the top of the field parallel to the grand Military Aviation Museum. Mark Cooke and his band filled the Pungo air as beer and food lovers gathered for Saturday’s festivities.
Virginia brews were on tap from Young Veterans, Smartmouth, O’Connor, St. George, Back Bay, AleWerks, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Center of the Universe, Legend and Devil’s Backbone. Even Budweiser was available for those looking to ease into the craft beer scene.
If you had any sort of food craving that day, you could find it at the food truck rodeo! Options included Just Cupcakes, Maui Wowi Coffees & Smoothies, Bobby-Q, Karnage Asada, Seoul757Taco, Bodacious Pizza, Gerty’s Gourmet Kitchen and Bro’s Fish Tacos.
For us, lunch meant a wood-fired pepperoni pizza oozing with cheese from Bodacious Pizza—a classic combination when it comes to downing beer. Later we snacked on some crispy lumpia from Bobby-Q.
While I’m typically into the heavier stouts and sour beers, I sampled Larry’s Lemonade from St. George. Refreshing and tasting all too much like my childlike favorite, this stuff could be dangerous. I purchased a full pour while I walked around the grounds to explore the vendors. We tasted artisan olive oil from Savor the Olive. The blood orange and lemon were favorites of mine. Artwork was created at the PaintNite booth while festival goers had a paintbrush in one hand and a beer in the other. The husband and I stood behind the giant CoVa BeerFest frame to snap an Instagram-worthy photo. Strolling through the museum, we admired the vintage aircraft flown during World War I and II as we peered out into the festival grounds.
Around 3 p.m. the blue skies filled with dark clouds, and they released a much needed rain. Some came prepared with their umbrellas attached to lawn chairs, and some piled under the museum’s roof. Others went undisturbed as they threw back another beer and another bite before they headed home and bid adieu to the final day of spring.
Love on the local beers by hosting a beer club...with a build-your-own nacho bar, of course. Here’s how!