So much fun was had by all at last year’s inaugural Artober Brewfest that the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce has welcomed area artists, musicians and culinary craftsmen to do it all again Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
"It's an event to highlight the artists, musicians and breweries in our area, and to bring people to Lincoln City in October," Chamber of Commerce Board member Susan Wahlke said. "We had a high percentage of attendees from out of the area last year, lots of positive comments, and people expressed the wish that we would make it an annual event,"
The second Artober Brewfest will celebrate Lincoln City’s local artisans while serving the community and its visitors with a summertime farewell gathering that features food, drink, live music and an opportunity to buy local art. Kids are also welcome.
"We are providing activities for children because we want it to be a family friendly event," Wahlke said. "The Artober Brewfest name is meant to incorporate the artists and breweries that are a part of the event, in addition to food vendors and music."
Proceeds from the event will support year-round programs sponsored by the chamber, which in turn supports local businesses and provides residents with community-oriented activities.
The event, scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the cultural center, 540 N.E. Highway 101, is made possible by a grant from the City of Lincoln City through the Visitors and Convention Bureau.
"The event is designed to promote Lincoln City in the offseason, showcasing our artisans and their wares, highlighting local, as well as other Oregon breweries, and the good food that accompanies such events," Nonni Augustine, chamber office manager, said. "We have such a large community of artists here, we thought it would be a natural."
The event also is meant to lure visitors to town who help support the local economy.
"Last year, our inaugural year, we had attendees from as far away as Ohio coming specifically for our Brewfest," Augustine said.
A chamber survey revealed that 33 percent of those traveling in from more than 100 miles away came specifically for the Brewfest, she said.
"We hope to improve on those numbers this year," she said.
Chinook Winds Casino Resort, Roadhouse 101/Rusty Truck Brewing, Yaquina Bay Communication, Best Western Lincoln Sands, Comfort Inn, and Pacific Power, are also supporting the event.