For this, we have to thank crawfish.
According to Russell Carter, owner of Movie & Pizza Company, the crawfish festival held on Harbor Town last spring went so well that a follow-up festival for fall was in order.
The Harbor Town Beer & Food Festival, like the crawfish festival, will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank.
Among participating breweries are: New Belgium, Ghost River, Lazy Magnolia, Blackstone, Yuengling, O'Fallon, Angry Orchard, Abita, Henry Weinherds, Abita, Magic Hat, and Yazoo.
There will be a food pairing for a beer from each of the 17 breweries. (Yes, that means 17 dishes!)
Carter says Movie & Pizza Company, for example, is toying with pairings for everything from pumpkin cheesecake to Caesar salad. He notes that the pairings are a good way to introduce folks to offerings from each restaurant.
Carter also points out all beers featured during the festival are already sold somewhere on the island, so festival-goers who find something they like will know where they can buy that beer in the future.
Instead of a one-mug-per-person approach, breweries will be offering their beers in individual cups, which means you won't be getting your pilsner mixed in with your lager.
Another difference is that the festival is open to everyone, with tickets purchased for those participating in the tasting. What this means is that designated drivers don't have to buy a ticket. Plus, all restaurants will be open and serving from their regular menus during the festival.
Tickets are $33 pre-sale and $38 day-of. They can be purchased here.
An after-party will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. with music from Charvey McLemore.