Nothing could have prepared me for the AWESOMENESS that was Fresh Fest. Imagine going to a family reunion with people you haven’t seen in a while, and others you’ve never met in your life, yet, by the end of the weekend, you literally feel like you’ve known them your WHOLE LIFE.
That’s what FF 2019 was like. It was the first time I was in a space where the majority of people that drank beer actually looked like me. The connections, the relationships, and the bonds I made with people there were simply incredible. I got to meet people I’ve been “stalking” and “following” on social media for months! Lol I got taste beer and spirits from some amazing black owned breweries and distilleries. And most importantly i got to talk to people about my brand “Beer Chick LLC” and share with them my passion and love for beer!
If you’ve never been to FF, I would definitely put this on your MUST-DO when my comes to beer festivals. As a black women into craft beer, I often times, feel like a unicorn. However, during FF everyone feel as if they belong! While the festival highlights black brewers and individuals in the alcoholic beverage industry, the event itself was actually very diverse which also added to the cozy and warm feel of it all. Celebrating black people in the beer industry is not just something that needs to be done by black and brown people. Pushing for inclusivity and most importantly, diversity in the beer community is work we ALL have to play an active part in. I’m so grateful for those already doing the work and I have committed myself to also being an advocate to continue to stress the importance of this issue.
Side Note: Special shoutout to “The Syndicate” aka my FF beer family I turned up with all weekend! We literally put on one of the LIT-est Bottle Shares ever known to man.