What charities do we support? Glad you asked . . .

What sets Head for the Hills, the Georgetown Craft Beer Festival, apart from all other festivals?

We are 100% run by volunteers and donate 100% of proceeds to charity. 

There’s never been a better reason to drink beer (and feel good while doing so)!

This year we are supporting Food4Kids Halton, Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills, The Georgetown Hospital Foundation, and the Trafalgar Sports Park “Field of Dreams” Project, to name a few.

A special thank you to our premier sponsor:

We would like to thank our beer mug sponsor, Castle Building Centres Group, for helping to make this possible. Without Castle’s generous support, we would not be able to give back so fully to these amazing local groups. Castle is building our community, and building our dreams.

Be sure to say CHEERS with your Castle mug this Saturday September 15th. Learn more about the charities we’re supporting below.

Food4Kids Halton:

Food4Kids provides healthy, fresh food packages to schoolkids in Halton who are at risk of malnutrition on the weekends and during school breaks. There are more than 500 children in Halton struggling through each weekend without food. Food4Kids wants to feed hope, and fight hunger.

Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills (CAShh):

Cancer Assistance Services of Halton Hills (CAShh) provides support and hope to cancer patients, family and friends. CAShh is not associated with any cancer organization, nor do they receive any government grants to fund their services. CAShh is entirely dependent on this community’s generosity and support to do anything possible to help those touched with cancer.

Georgetown Hospital Foundation:

The Georgetown Hospital Foundation seeks and grants funds to purchase items from Georgetown Hospital’s urgent equipment needs list. The goal of Georgetown Hospital Foundation is to place life-saving equipment into the hands of the staff and physicians that we turn to for the care of our friends and our families.

Trafalgar Sports Park “Field of Dreams” Project:

The Trafalgar Sports Park is the venue for the Georgetown Craft Beer Festival, and has been since our very first year in 2015. The Trafalgar Sports Park’s “Field of Dreams” project is a plan to construct of three new baseball diamonds on the site, which would help alleviate a shortage of local venues. The multi-phase project is relying on fundraising and grants to make this dream a reality.

Want to support the cause?

How could you not?! Buy your ticket for this Saturday: $29 online until Friday at midnight, and $35 at the door. The proceeds from your purchase go straight to these local charities. SUPPORT NOW!

 

Record breaking brewers and food trucks at Head for the Hills

Saturday September 15, 2018 from 11am – 6pm.

This year our festival is all about MORE. We’ve expanded our venue and vendors to keep up with popular demand, create an even better experience for attendees, and raise even more funds for the local charities we support.

Head for the Hills 2018 offers a record breaking amount of beer and food to try. This year we are bringing you 43 craft breweries and cideries and 15 gourmet food trucks.  To jog your memory, in our first year we had 25 breweries and 10 food trucks. We are expanding and it is awesome.

Want to know what to expect? Check out the full list of who’s coming here:

TAKE ME TO THE BEER!

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF BREWERIES AND CIDERIES

    

IGNITE MY INNER FOODIE!

CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS

 

We’re bringing BIG taste to our small town, and raising big funds while we’re at it.

What could be better?

Tickets are on sale online for $29 until midnight on Friday September 14th. BUY TICKETS HERE!

Tickets (if we aren’t sold out) are available at the door for $35.

Don’t miss out on so much MORE…buy your tickets like a super smart human.

Free buses are back, and there are MORE of them . . .

Arrive alive, and have fun doing it!

Free shuttles are offered locally to and from our beer festival, sponsored by Georgetown Toyota and Georgetown Chevrolet Buick GMC​.

Parking is limited…so skip the fuss and take the BUS!

Carpool, taxi, or walk to these local locations to get to Head For the Hills safely.

We have always offered a free shuttle service in town to provide an easy and safe way to get folks to and from our festival, but this year we’ve added even more buses to the mix to help minimize wait times and get you to the fun faster.

See our FULL SCHEDULE HERE to plan your trip.

Loop 1 Pick-ups:

Acton Go Station

Limehouse Public School

Loop 2 Pick-Ups:

Glen Williams Public School

Mold-Masters Sportsplex

Loop 3 Pick-Ups:

Georgetown South (Mountainview & Danby Plaza)

The Gellert Centre Community Park

Got your Brew Crew? Check out the craft beers coming in 2018

Y’all ready for this?

This year at Head for the Hills, the Georgetown Craft Beer Festival, get ready for more beer than ever before. More breweries is just ONE of the ways we are working at making our festival bigger and better this year. We have 35+ breweries coming to pour. More breweries means more to try, more to discover, and less lines to wait in for a taste.

We have more good news. We are an entirely volunteer-run event that donates 100% of proceeds to local charities. So, not only can you satisfy your inner craft beer snob, you can donate to charity while doing so. There’s no down side!

We are a few short weeks away from the Festival, and the breweries are still rolling in. See who’s on the docket to attend so far this year: Take me to the beer!

2015, 2016, and 2017: 

Pours served with a smile, from a collection of carefully curated craft breweries local to Ontario…

Raise a glass. Drink some beer. Do some good.

Head for the Hills brings you a bigger and better beer fest.

We’re expanding. And not just because we keep drinking craft beer . . .

This year marks the fourth year of our Festival, and it is truly bigger and better than ever before. We are a dedicated group of volunteers who organize this shindig in our spare time (yes, we all have day jobs!). We pride ourselves on not only organizing this event and donating money to local charities, but also on how we continue to grow and improve our Festival. We care about our town, we care about the event we’ve built, and we care about your experience when you come to it.

Here’s why Head for the Hills 2018 will be bigger and better:

  • More room. We increased our event space by 50% by adding another field.
  • More to pour. We added 10 more breweries on top of last year. More breweries = less line-ups.
  • More to savour. We added more food trucks than ever before, bringing in new gourmet eats.
  • More friends. With a bigger event, there are way more tickets available, so bring your whole Brew Crew!
  • More buses. We added 2 more buses to our free shuttle service picking up around town.
  • More pandering. We made this year’s VIP experience with more perks than ever before. For a $50 ticket upgrade, VIPs get access to the VIP area with seating and coverage, exclusive VIP beers and food samples, 4 extra tokens on entry, VIP washrooms, preferred parking, express entry, and a collector’s full size pint glass as a thank you gift.
  • More to charity. As you can see, our goal is “more”. We’ve grown our charitable donation year over year, and 2018’s goal is no exception. Our goal this year is to see our funds raised keep growing, so we can keep drinking beer and doing good in our community.

What’s the backstory?

When our group of volunteers first started talking about hosting a craft beer festival in Georgetown, we had no idea if the idea would take off or not. We weren’t sure if we would be a one time Festival, or if we would grow year over year. Luckily, it was the latter.

2015

Back in 2015, the inaugural year of the festival, we waited nervously on the morning of the event, hoping that even 1,000 people would show up. 3,000 people came and the event sold out by noon, even in the rain. What did we learn? Georgetown loves craft beer, we need to do this again, and we need to triple the amount of outhouses! We donated $5,000 to Food4Kids that year. In the Fall, LCBO Food & Drink magazine named us in the Top 10 Beer Festivals of 2015.

2016

In 2016, we started to grow. We added an additional 10 breweries, changed up the event lay out to double foot path access to the vendors, and indeed we tripled the outhouses. Once again, the morning of the festival we waited and hoped that lightning would strike twice. 5,000 people came and we were sold out again, even in the rain. What did we learn? Rain doesn’t stop Georgetown from drinking craft beer, more outhouses were a great idea, and let’s start getting ready for Year 3! We donated $15,000 to Food4Kids that year. We were voted the #1 Beer Festival in Ontario in an online public poll and won the Canada 150 Arts Alive Award for the “New Arts, Culture, and or Heritage Event” category in Halton Hills.

2017

In 2017, we kept fine-tuning. Even more breweries were added, new games and food trucks were added, and for the first time we launched the VIP Experience: a way to increase donations to Food4Kids while providing some “perks” to those who want to upgrade. The morning of the festival came, and for the first time there was no rain! We were happy, but then we weren’t sure what the sunshine would mean for our attendees – would it be too hot, too crowded? Our festival was, once again, packed! What did we learn? Beer is good rain or shine, we’re definitely a growing festival, and we need to find a way to lessen the line-ups. Our event became so popular that we couldn’t keep up! It was a great problem to have, but we started working right away on solutions for 2018. We donated $25,000 to Food4Kids that year. We received the Food4Kids annual “Big Heart” award and we were named in the Top 5 Autumn Beer Festivals NATION-WIDE by Via Rail’s blog.

2018

Here we are in 2018, and we’ve added even MORE to the event in hopes that the experience continues to be awesome and we continue to give back to our community. Join us on September 15th to help make that happen and continue our story.

Head for the Hills voted #1 Favourite Beer Festival in Ontario

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