Website: Yorktoberfest
Address: York Fairgrounds, 334 Carlisle Ave York, PA 17404

Hosted by the Sons of the American Legion, Yorktoberfest has been growing insanely in terms of size and fan base since its inaugural year in 2011.  The cause for success is hardly a secret.  With a large selection of brews, wines, and vendors the appeal is at once immediate and obvious; good libations equal good times.  That’s what it is — Yorktoberfest is a good-time festival so look for it to continue growing in the coming years. Oh, and all proceeds go to charity programs means the good times are extended to people in need. At Yorktoberfest, the suds poor heartily.  Nearly fifty craft brews are represented, all from state and regional breweries.  Everyone from PA’s Troegs to Dogfishhead to the local favorite, Liquid Hero Brewery, are represented at the festival.  Also, nearly a dozen wineries from across the area are showcased with a wide selection of reds, whites, and seasonals.  Like any responsible brewfest, Yorktoberfest knows to treat its designated drivers right.  In addition to a free t-shirt, DD’s are treated to all the homemade root beer they want for free. Leading up to the festival, festival promos are run, such as a limited supply of growlers, free t-shirts and tickets and contests to win free food.  Speaking of food, come hungry because there are plenty of food vendors to satisfy Yorktoberfest also hosts a moderately-sized craft and art show with nearly fifty vendors.  Everything from Pampered Chef and Tupperware to glassware and Native American art are represented, not to mention a great selection of specialty foods such as specialty sauces and homemade baked goods.  Live entertainment plays through the day both Saturday and Sunday and includes great local bands play energetic rock and acoustic songs. In conjunction with the festival is the wildly popular and insanely exclusive Yorktoberfeast, an amazing four course meal served at the Lafeyette Club.  Prepared by renowned chefs and paired with an extensive selection of fine wines and craft brews, attendance for this event is severely limited and totally worth it.  Be sure to get tickets very far in advance. Festival admission is free but tickets must be purchased to consume alcohol.  Parking is free.

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