Head for the Hills benefits Food4Kids

On September 19th at the Trafalgar Sports Park you have the chance to be part of something big by coming to the inaugural Georgetown Craft Beer Festival, Head for the Hills. You should come for the beer, the food, the music, and the friends, but most importantly, you should come for the cause. Head for the Hills is donating all proceeds of this event to local charities. This year’s recipient is Food4Kids North Halton, a group in our immediate community that helps provide food to kids in need between the ages of 2-14.

Food4Kids started 3 years ago when Lena Bassford of Hamilton arrived at a primary school early one Monday morning for a breakfast program and found a young boy waiting eagerly outside the still-closed school doors. When asked why he was so early for school, the boy replied he hadn’t eaten since Friday and couldn’t wait for a bite from Lena. This inspired the need for a charity like Food4Kids. During the school week it is often possible for kids to get food from nutritional programs, but what about over the weekend, or on Christmas or summer breaks?  Food4Kids distributes bags of fresh, nutritious food to kids in need every Friday and during school breaks, ensuring they have something to keep them going over the weekend.

Food4Kids quickly expanded, serving not only Lena’s area in Hamilton, but also our very own Halton Hills. Leslie Salisbury, the sole administrator for the North Halton program, says that Food4Kids now serves over 60 kids in Georgetown and Acton alone. There is an average of 5-25 kids enrolled in public schools in Georgetown who rely on Leslie and her volunteers at Food4Kids for meals. Leslie and her team get to know each child and their families while enrolling them in the program, ensuring that their work remains community-focused. Leslie shares “what is just as important as filling hungry bellies is showing these kids that they belong to a community—a community that makes them feel cared for, makes them feel important, and shows them they have help.

It costs $10/week per child and Food4Kids is 100% community funded, receiving no funding from any government or granting bodies. This is money that comes straight from our community and makes sure kids have fresh fruit and vegetables to go home with every Friday. Leslie laughed, saying she develops quite a rapport with the kids over time: “One time I packed green beans in the bags…you wouldn’t believe the flack I got! To this day, when I instead put in a peach or a banana, some kids open the bag and say ‘Phew! At least it’s not those green beans!’”

Leslie and her team of volunteers are changing the lives of many youth and their families in our community. Join us at Head for the Hills and email Leslie Salisbury at leslie@food4kids.ca to learn how you can help. Volunteers and donations are always welcome!

Live Music at The Georgetown Craft Beer Festival

Head for the Hills promises the best entertainment a beer festival can offer—and we aren’t talking about your buddy who’s had one too many brews! The Georgetown Craft Beer Festival is featuring local live musicians to set the mood for a day of beer-tastin’ fun in the sun. Come out on Saturday September 19th to kick back, listen to tunes, and grab a unique craft beer or cider with friends.

Buskers will dominate the stage from 12:00pm – 4:00pm, giving Halton Hills the chance to showcase rising talent in the community.

Dayfoot is the first band to take the stage, playing folk music from 4:00pm – 5:00pm. Dayfoot is a young band, but they are not new to jamming with local audiences. You may have caught a show of theirs at The McGibbon or The Shepherd’s Crook in Georgetown, Fionn MacCool’s in Guelph, or The Central in Toronto. This ambitious band is homegrown in Georgetown and is on the move! The five band members (Douglas Richard Sinclair, Vince Schaljo, Matt Wittmann, Jasmine Martyniuk, and Stephen Dayfoot) released their first album in February of this year and plan to release a second album soon. Visit dayfootband.com to hear more and purchase their album.

Headlining at the festival is Mountain Lion Trappers, a band known throughout the GTA for their legendary covers. Mountain Lion Trappers was formed in 2005 and has since played in Mississauga, Burlington, Oakville, and Georgetown. Band members Sebas, Paul, Trevor, Andrew, Bruce, and Brent name musicians such as Rush, Steely Dan and The Tragically Hip, as inspiration for their work. Mountain Lion Trappers can be found on Facebook where you can follow their shows and shenanigans. Spanning music from 1950s to present day, this seasoned group offers a wide variety of music that is sure to get the Trafalgar Sports Park hopping on Saturday afternoon. Taking the stage at 5:00pm and playing until the event’s close at 6:00pm, Mountain Lion Trappers will be sure to finish Head for the Hills on a high note!

Whether you come for the beer, the food, the music, or the friends, Head for the Hills has got you covered with a full day of entertainment in the beautiful countryside of Georgetown, Ontario. Visit www.headforthehills.ca to buy tickets or learn more. Head for the Hills: Raise a glass. Drink some beer. Do some good.

Head for the Hills has the brew for you!

Breweries all over Ontario are “hopping” on board for Head for the Hills: Georgetown’s first ever Craft Beer Festival. Beer and cider lovers can hop on board too, joining Head for the Hills at the Trafalgar Sports Park on Saturday September 19th from noon till 6pm. Whether you are looking for a well-known brew, like a Steam Whistle or Mill St., or want to try something off the beaten path, such as Orange Snail Brewers or Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Head for the Hills has the brew for you.

There are 11 breweries already signed up for Georgetown’s festival and more are coming in every day! The Collingwood Brewery, Grand River Brewing, Great Lakes Brewery, Mill St. Brewery, Orange Snail Brewers, Royal City Brewing Co., Side Launch Brewing Co., Spirit Tree Estate Cidery, Steam Whistle, Stone Hammer Brewing, and Wellington Brewery are among the first brew masters to sign up for a day of fun in the countryside.

Head for the Hills is a great place to try some unique and top quality beverages, paving the way for the quickly growing craft beer and cider industries to connect with and contribute to our community. Breweries are always looking to reach out to new communities and share their craft, but often they are too busy pouring delicious beer to get to know the local businesses and restaurants! Head for the Hills is making our community a priority by hosting a VIP Pre-event where breweries and local restaurants can meet, mingle, taste, and test, building stronger relationships and making sure that Georgetown stays on top of the craft beer trend.

Join Head for the Hills, the Georgetown Craft Beer Festival this September and you can be on top too!

Visit www.headforthehills.ca to buy tickets and learn more about our new breweries as they come. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Raise a glass. Drink some beer. Do some good.

Business After Hours

The Georgetown Craft Beer Festival served a variety of craft brews and ciders at the Business After Hours event held at RBC’s Main Street Georgetown branch. RBC hosted the event July 22nd as part of on going Halton Chamber of Commerce networking initiatives.

Judging by the crowd, double the usual turnout, Ontario Craft Beer and Cider are becoming more popular than ever. The servers were made up of stalwart Steering Committee members of the Head for the Hills Festival (our other name).

Now if only we can keep Mike away from the MacLean’s Pale Ale…

David Ort will be attending the Head For The Hills Craft Beer Festival

We are THRILLED to announce that Food Writer and Beer Aficionado David Ort will be attending the Head For The Hills Craft Beer Festival! Author of “The Canadian Craft Beer Cookbook”, David will be joining us to talk with festival patrons about the theory behind perfectly pairing craft beer with food.

This will also be a great opportunity to obtain a signed copy of his cookbook, which includes recipes for old favourites as well as new surprises like: Beer fondue, Witbier onion rings, Currywurst, Stout-braised lamb shanks and – best of all – Brownies with spiced ale chocolate sauce.

Before meeting him on September 19th, you may see one of his informative and entertaining articles on TorontoLife.com, PostCity.com or on Spotlight Toronto.

David – we look so forward to welcoming you to our Inaugural Head For The Hills Festival!