Seymour gears up for annual craft beer festival Smoke in the Valley – New Haven Register




SEYMOUR >> Little did the founders of Smoke in the Valley know back in 2011 that what began as a simple fundraiser to raise money for a travel softball team would grow into one of the largest craft beer festivals in New England.



But that’s what happened, according to one of the festival founders, Chris Adamo, who along with fellow co-founders Matt Bronson and Bob Findley, are gearing up to host the 5th annual Smoke in the Valley craft beer, food truck and music festival.



The event has grown so big that it’s being held two days, from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 3 on the grounds of the Seymour Community Center, 20 Pine St. Admission for Oct. 2 is $25 in advance and $45 in advance for Oct. 3.



“The event continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year,” Adamo said.




Adamo said organizers were floored by the 700 attendees who showed up for the inaugural event to benefit Seymour Tradition softball, and when those numbers surpassed more than 3,000 soon after, they were blown away.



The event, which is organized and run by volunteers, continues to grow to keep up with the crowds, Adamo said, and this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.



On tap will be more than 80 local, regional and national breweries, over 30 home brewers, ciders and spirits, offering more than 400 different selections to sample.



“Many of the attendees provide feedback that they find a new favorite beer, and even a new style they never would have been introduced to, if not for the incredible variety available by the breweries, cider houses and vintners represented at SITV,” Bronson said. “It’s hard sometimes to determine who enjoys the day more, the brewers or the attendees! But one thing is for certain: both groups agree and tell us often that they can’t wait to come back each year.”



A “stellar lineup of musical talent” is planned, said Findley, with a mix of local and regional and national groups.



The Oct. 2 lineup includes local flair with the Seymour Middle and High schools bands and glee clubs, along with Shakedown and headliners Max Creek and Badfish. On Oct. 3, a second stage will feature local bands, while the main stage will include Hubinger Street, Pimps of Joytime and John Brown’s Body.



To wash down all that craft beer, there will be an array of food trucks, featuring sandwiches to seafood, pizza to baked potatoes and cupcakes to ice cream, and consumers can vote for their favorite truck. Artisan vendors will be on hand, too, peddling handmade jewelry, hula hoops, wine bottle decorations and more.



On Oct. 3, SITV has again teamed up with Seymour Pink to host the 4th annual 5k run and walk, dubbed “Pounding the Pavement for Pink,” which takes place prior to the festival. Last year’s road race drew more than 2,500 runners and walkers who raised money for Seymour Pink’s breast cancer initiative. Slots are filling up fast for the event, sponsored by Haynes Construction. More information and registration can be found online at www.seymourpink.com.



Adamo said to date more than $200,000 has been raised, thanks to the generosity of the community and beyond. Proceeds have benefited several charities, and this year’s proceeds will help the Seymour Police Department purchase a second K9 unit.



For tickets, complete brewery and band lineups, visit www.smokeinthevalley.com or on Facebook.



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