Mark your calendars now for Friday and Saturday, June 24-25 when Gorge Blues & Brews Festival hits the Skamania County Fairgrounds in Stevenson, Washington. We will celebrate 23 years of musical genius, award-winning offerings from 16 craft breweries, regional wineries, and fabulous food in the spectacular setting of the Columbia River Gorge.
Start your weekend off right on Friday night when we feature all things local from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Walking Man Brewery, Backwoods Brewing, and Thunder Island Brewing will be pouring their tasty brews and there will be a nice selection of local wine. Tasty barbecue will be available, hot off the grill, from the Stevenson Eagles Lodge and Stevenson High School Senior Parents. Bring your boogie shoes because some of the best of our home grown musicians will have you on your feet all evening. Admission is free!
On Saturday, the festival is packed with excitement from noon until 10:00 pm. It is a well-known fact that the best brews in the Northwest can be sampled at this festival so choose carefully – you will run out of room long before you run out of choices. New in 2016, only Gorge beer will be poured featuring members of Breweries in the Gorge (BIG) and three neighbors to the west from Camas and Washougal. If it is wine that you prefer, five of the best regional wineries will be pouring. Three cider houses will serve up their product including Stevenson’s own Jester & Judge Cider and locally made whiskey may be sampled from Skunk Brothers Spirits. Several new seasonal releases will be featured at this year’s festival so come prepared to taste a delicious beverage you have never experienced before.
Along with our traditional summertime entrees, we will have a multitude of phenomenal flavors to mix and match with your beverages including Greek gyros and baklava, exotic sausages, homemade pies, and of course, barbecue.
“Blues” is the second word in our name and you will be able revel in continuous live blues music filling the air with bands on two stages. This year’s line-up is impressive. The Riverview Community Bank Stage will showcase Ty Curtis who kicks off the day followed by the Cajun sounds of Too Loose Zydeco. Kevin Selfe and the Tornadoes will keep things rocking through the afternoon and the night will close out with the Ken DeRouchie Band. In between the sets on the main stage, local musicians and bands will perform on the Big River Grill stage.
Admission is open to those 21 years and over only on both Friday and Saturday, no minors will be allowed on the festival grounds. The cost for admission on Saturday is $20 per person and includes a commemorative beer mug or wine glass. Drink tokens are available for purchase at $1.00 each for tasting or to fill your glass. Cash only will be accepted at the gate with two ATMS onsite. Purchase your tickets in advance to avoid waiting in line through TicketTomato.com and we will throw in five free drink tokens! Go to www.gorgebluesandbrews.com. No coolers or dogs on the event site please.
Call the Skamania County Chamber of Commerce at 800-989-9178 with more questions. For camping information, call Skamania County General Services at 509-427-3980. We look forward to seeing you in the most scenic venue in the Gorge, the Skamania County Fairgrounds, 650 SW Rock Creek Drive in Stevenson, Washington on June 24 and 25!