Stirling-Rawdon Township Seeking New Partners for Hastings County Beer Festival


STIRLING, ON – The Economic Development Committee of Stirling-Rawdon Township has announced that it is looking for a new partner to revive and present the Hastings County Beer Festival in 2014 following the withdrawl of Bracebridge’s Griffin Gastropub as festival operator.

While the Griffin presented the event in 2011 and 2012, the involvement of owners Curt Dunlop and Jed Corbeil in other events and projects such as Session Toronto and Session Muskoka left them with no time to properly promote the Hastings event. As a result, the Festival will not take place in 2013, but the Committee is confident that it will return to Sterling’s Farmtown Park in 2014 under new management.

Proposal reviews are underway now, and according to Chairman Jeremy Solmes, the Committee is “hoping someone or group can proceed with the traditional beer festival ingredients, namely beer and cider […] and samples of food products produced in our local area, especially cheese. Whether it’s called the Hastings County Beer Festival again or the Great Stirling Beer festival, it has to be interesting and affordable for consumers and of value to exhibitors/participants.”

Those looking for more information on the initiative are invited to contact Stirling-Rawdon’s Economic Development Officer, Cassandra Boniface, at

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