Valley Forge Beer & Cider Festival: December 1st- Oaks, PA

THE 8TH ANNUAL VALLEY FORGE BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

December 1st, 2018

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

This thirst-quenching pay-one-price tasting experience, called “a not-to-be-missed event for fans of real beer” by Drink Philly, will be fun-filled day for all—the beer lover and the cider drinker.  The event will break all records of years past with over 150 beers and ciders for sampling.  Shoulder to shoulder with the most popular local breweries and cideries will be amazing producers from across the country and around the world. Check back often, the list will be updated frequently.  The Expo Center is easy to get to and offers ample free on-site parking.  A sell-out is expected, so get your tickets early. For the 8th year in a row, we are proud to partner with the local Committee To Benefit the Children (CBC) and support them in their efforts to improve the quality of life for children and families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.

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Gather your friends and family for the best holiday party of the season. We’re bringing back the ever-popular, take no prisoners, ugly Christmas sweater competition. Go solo or compete as a group, bring those jingle bells front and center as you parade across the stage to gather cheers from fellow festival goers!

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Holiday Inspired Beers

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Visit the Christmas table to enjoy timed-releases of some of the world’s most popular holiday brews.  A Christmas Ale or possibly a Ginerbread Stout?  Stop by and see what Santa selected as a special treat for all the good boys and girls.

Meet & Greet with Santa

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Tell Santa what you really want for Christmas.  He’s making a list and checking it twice.  Will you be getting coal or a cold one?  Great photo op, get those hashtags ready!

 

And many more holiday-inspired surprises!


Tickets

December 1, 2018

Tickets on sale now!

What You Get:

VIP

Session 1: 12:30PM – 4:00PM
Session 2: 5:30PM – 9:00PM

  • Beer & cider sampling
  • 5 oz. souvenir belgian tasting glass
  • Private bathrooms for VIP ticketholders only
  • VIP beers (available only to VIPS)
  • VIP express festival entrance lane
  • VIP seating area
  • Free parking

Limited VIP tickets available. Get Yours Early!

Click Here For Session 1 Tickets!

Click Here For Session 2 Tickets!

$55 (online in advance)

$65 (event day price)

General Admission

Session 1: 12:30PM – 4:00PM
Session 2: 5:30PM – 9:00PM

  • Beer & cider sampling
  • 5 oz. tasting cup
  • Free parking

Click Here For Session 1 Tickets!

Click Here For Session 2 Tickets!

$40 (online in advance)

$50 (event day price)

Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. A DD ticket holder will get a bottle of water. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer or cider. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.

Food is not included in the ticket price, but will be available for purchase during each session from the on-site concession stands. A limited number of tickets are available for each session. When the event sells out, NO additional tickets will be sold online or at the door. Everyone who holds a ticket will be admitted—the event WILL NOT BE OVERSOLD. We want every attendee to be able to sample the beers and ciders they desire and to move around the event freely, comfortably, and safely.

No one under 21 will be admitted. Only those 21+ with valid photo ID will be admitted. No exceptions. This includes designated drivers who must be 21+ to attend. Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered. For the safety of everyone at the festival, no infants, children, strollers, or pets will be allowed. Please plan accordingly. All ticket purchases are final sale, no refunds or exchanges.

For customer service help with your on-line ticket purchasing, please call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com.

Smile for the camera! 
Look for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at this website, and on the event’s Facebook page after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.


Charity

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COMMITTEE TO BENEFIT THE CHILDREN

Providing resources for treatment, care and family support to benefit area children with cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders.

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

THE CHILD, THE FAMILY, THE CHALLENGE

The effects of childhood disease are not only devastating and destructive to the child but take an enormous toll on the entire family. The parents, the siblings and the entire extended family are ravaged in some way by the disease. The daily struggle to maintain some sense of normalcy while coping with the child’s illness presents challenges which are incomprehensible to most people.

The Committee to Benefit the Children (CBC) is a non-profit volunteer group dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and their families who face cancer, leukemia and serious blood disorders. The CBC’s mission is to provide families facing these challenges with support and resources that are not available elsewhere.

The CBC was formed in 1980 by a small group of resilient parents whose children were treated at the Hematology-Oncology Clinic at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA.

Over the years, the CBC has been shaped by parents whose lives have been forever changed by their child’s life-threatening diagnosis and by a quiet band of volunteers dedicated to giving something back to humanity.

Today, the CBC helps hundreds of area children and their families. The group provides resources for treatment, care, social services and basic family necessities. The CBC remains true to the founding parents’ objectives: improving medical care and the quality of life for the children.

CBC VOLUNTEERS AND SUPPORTERS

Individuals come from across the tri-state region to work as CBC volunteers. They come from all walks of life to help where help is needed.

The reasons for joining CBC are as varied as the individuals involved. Some personally experience the tragedy of a sick child.

Others join the CBC because they are thankful for their good fortune and want to help others facing the daunting challenge of a sick child.

They donate their time or invest in a sponsorship or advertisement at one of our fund raising events. They work independently promoting the CBC at the office for United Way Donor Options. They volunteer at one of the events or parties for the children.

CBC involvement is flexible and volunteers can tailor their commitment to their lifestyle and resources. If you are interested in helping these children and their families and becoming a friend of CBC, please email us at cbc@cbckids.org.

Please be sure to visit www.cbckids.org for more information about the CBC.

THE CBC AT WORK

For over twenty years, the CBC Golf Tournament at Cedarbrook Country Club in Blue Bell, PA, the CBC Passion for Fashion Show, the CBC Caribbean Sunsplash Party and other fund raising efforts too numerous to mention here have raised hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars to help the children and their families confront these destructive diseases.

The essence of the CBC compels the heart to realize that through action, change and success are possible. The CBC is volunteer and the board of directors is very active in working with the social workers and the children and their families to see that all funds go where needed most.


FAQs

WHEN IS THE EVENT?

December 1st, 2018

WHERE IS THE EVENT?

The event is located at: The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. 100 Station Ave., Oaks, PA 19456

WHAT TIME IS THE EVENT?

Session 1: 12:30pm – 4:00pm

Session 2: 5:30pm – 9:00pm

IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT TO GET INTO THE FESTIVAL?

No one under the age of 21 will be allowed entrance in the festival! This includes designated drivers who must also be at least 21 years of age. NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted. No one will be admitted without a valid photo ID (no exceptions). Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

HOW DO I BUY TICKETS FOR THE EVENT?

Tickets are only available online at this website. Click here to purchase tickets.

IF A BUY ONE TICKET, AM I ALLOWED TO GO TO BOTH SESSIONS?

A ticket can only be used for the session purchased.

WHAT DOES GENERAL ADMISSION INCLUDE?

Your paid admission includes a tasting cup, unlimited beer and cider sampling and parking.

WHAT DOES VIP ADMISSION INCLUDE?

Your VIP paid admission includes a souvenir glass taster, unlimited beer and cider sampling.  PLUS many other perks including samples of special VIP-only beers, VIP-only bathrooms, VIP-express festival entrance lane, parking… and more. 

Click here to see all of the perks that come with being a VIP!

WHAT IS THE ENTRANCE FEE FOR A DESIGNATED DRIVER?

A designated driver (DD) ticket is $10.00. In lieu of a tasting glass, DD ticket holders will get a bottle of water. DDs are not permitted to sample any beer, wine or cider. Any designated driver who is seen drinking at the festival will be escorted out immediately.

DO DESIGNATED DRIVERS NEED TO BE 21?

YES. No one under 21 will be admitted to the festival. Designated Drivers, like everyone else must show valid photo ID before being allowed admitted into the festival.

WILL FOOD BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?

Yes.  Food will be available for sale from local food trucks. Food does not come with the price of admission.

ARE CHILDREN OR PETS PERMITTED TO ATTEND?

NO children, toddlers, infants, strollers or pets are permitted at the festival.  If you come to the event with a child or pet your entry will be denied and no refund offered. Please plan accordingly. Individuals with disabilities may use service animals provided the handler has all necessary paperwork/tags for service animal.

IS SMOKING PERMITTED AT THE FESTIVAL?

Smoking will not be permitted inside the expo center.  There will be a designated smoking area.

ARE PRETZEL NECKLACES PERMITTED?

Yes!

IS THERE A COAT CHECK?

Yes, there will be a coat check.

HOW DO I GET TO THE FESTIVAL?

Click here to visit the directions page.

WILL PARKING BE AVAILABLE?

Yes, there are over 5,000 parking spaces at the expo center and is included with admission.

WHAT HOTELS ARE IN THE AREA?

Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge/Oaks500 Cresson Boulevard
Oaks, PA 19456
Phone: (610) 650-0880
Website: www.hgivalleyforge.com

I’M HAVING TROUBLE PRINTING MY TICKETS. WHAT DO I DO?

FOR TICKET HOLDERS ONLY: If you already have a ticket and require customer service, call 1-877-435-9849 or email customersupport@ticketfly.com

IS THE EVENT WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes.

ARE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THIS EVENT?

Yes, look out for our event photographer at the event and strike a pose. Check back here, at the event website, and/or on the event’s Facebook page for photos after the event to see if you are included in the event photo album. Some photos of attendees may be used for promotional purposes; as a ticketholder of the event, you grant us permission to do so and for your likeness to be used.

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED?

Starfish Junction Productions is dedicated to the safety and security of ALL attendees, exhibitors, staffers, and guests. Please use common sense and remember that what seems harmless to you may appear like a threat to someone else. All attendees must adhere to show rules, are subject to search upon entering the event, and are prohibited from bringing in the following items:

  • outside alcohol, glass bottles, cans, outside food/beverages, metal water bottles
  • weapons (i.e. knives, pepper spray, stun-guns, any concealed weapons, firearms, etc.), illegal drugs, chemicals, fireworks, smoke bombs
  • unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.

Smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes or vape pens) is prohibited in the venue/under tents. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Infants/Children/Strollers…No one under 21 will be admitted. Valid photo ID is required for entry.

No pets are permitted at the event (unless they are service dogs with accredited tags/paperwork)

Event management reserves the right to handle each occurrence on a case by case basis. Depending on the item, the guest may either be asked to remove the item from the facility or dispose of the item, or may be ejected from the facility.


Directions

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center – Hall A
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA 19456

If you plan to use a GPS, please be aware that many GPS devices and mobile applications are not able to find the expo center by its physical address. If you have difficulty using your GPS to find the expo center, please use the address of 1601 Egypt Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (this address will take you to the Oaks Deli and Pizzeria from which you can follow signs to the expo center).

Car

From Rt. 76 (Schuylkill Expressway):
Follow Rt. 76 west to King of Prussia. Exit to Rt. 202 South (West Chester). Stay in the right lane for Rt. 422 West (Pottstown). Exit Rt. 422 at Oaks and make left onto Egypt Rd. Make left at Station Ave. (third light). Follow signs for the Expo Center.

From PA Turnpike:

Exit at Valley Forge and stay to the right. Exit Rt. 202 South (West Chester). Stay in right lane for Rt. 422 West (Pottstown). Exit Rt. 422 at Oaks and make left onto Egypt Rd. Left at Station Ave. (third light). Follow signs for the Expo Center.

From Rt. 422:

Take Rt. 422 (depending what direction you are coming from) to the Oaks exit and make left onto Egypt Rd. Left at Station Ave. (third light). Follow signs for the Expo Center.

Public Transportation

The SEPTA bus line 99 stops in the Expo Center parking lot. To plan your trip to the Expo Center using SEPTA, please use their trip planning tool here: SEPTA Trip Planner.

If you will be taking public transportation from the Main Amtrak/SEPTA hub at 30th Street Station in Center City, you can get to the Expo Center one of the following ways:

  • You can take the Manayunk/Norristown Train to the Norristown Transportation Center, and pick up the 99 bus from there.
  • You can take the 124 or 125 buses to where they intersect the 99 bus route and transfer.

Hotel

38 million people choose to visit Philadelphia’s vibrant region each year – coming for history, art, food, music, festivals, nightlife, neighborhoods and more; and with new events and festivals cropping up all the time (like the Coffee & Tea Festival Philadelphia) people keep coming back to the region to discover more.

Of those that visit Philadelphia each year, over 14 million of they make the trip an overnight visitation… so make your room reservation today!

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center is conveniently located in the immediate suburbs of Philadelphia within driving distance from New Jersey, Delaware and rest of Pennsylvania. The easy accessibility from major highways, on-site lodging and parking allows for quick transitions. Although there are many places to stay nearby, we suggest the following to lodging options as they are the closest:

*PREFERRED HOTEL*
SPECIAL OFFER:  $129/night for festival attendees.  Use GROUP CODE:  ABC. 

Click here to book
Hilton Garden Inn Valley Forge/Oaks
A block of rooms has been put aside for the beer festival for brewers and attendees who wish to stay local.  The rate is $129/night +tax/fee.  The hotel is located less than 1 mile from the Expo Center.  The room block has limited availability and will release when capacity is reached or on 10/31.

500 Cresson Blvd.
Phoenixville, PA 19460
HGIValleyForge.com
610-650-0880

Hilton Homewood Suites

681 Shannondell Blvd.
Audubon, PA 19403
HomewoodSuitesValleyForge.com
610-539-7300

Sheraton Valley Forge Hotel

480 North Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
SheratonValleyForge.com
484-238-1800

Hampton Inn & Suites Valley Forge/Oaks

100 Cresson Blvd.
Phoenixville, PA 19460
HamptonInn.com
610-676-9000


Festival Rules

  • 21+ Only. Must show valid photo I.D. for admission.
  • Don’t drink and drive! Take mass transit or designate a driver.
  • Promotional photos and video will be taken at the event and you grant permission for your likeness to be used.
  • Drink responsibly, know your limits!
  • This is a sampling event, 2oz. pours only!
  • All attendees must be properly attired.
  • We reserve the right to check all bags.
  • No pets or children allowed.
  • No outside glassware or food permitted.
  • You get one souvenir glass for this event. Replacements $5.00 ea.
  • We reserve the right, at our discretion, to remove any individual(s) from the festival for behaving inappropriately; you will be escorted out by security and not allowed back in!
  • All exits are final. No alcohol permitted outside the event.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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