Food, Music & Art

Kiwanis AleFest is first and foremost a showcase and celebration of craft beer. However, the event will feature an inspired selection of complementary food, music and art to delight the senses, and heighten the beer tasting experience for attendees.

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FOOD

We're thrilled to be partnering with local restaurants that feature craft beers on their menus. These restaurants will be under one roof and will feature tapas that are infused, inspired or paired with selected beers showcased at the event. Attendees will get to experience an amazing variety of delicious tapas that complement exploring the diverse array of flavors found in beers, and the joys of pairing those flavors with great food.

 

The Copper Pig Bbq House

Proprietor: Tyler Burbee

   

 

As many of you know, it’s a massive understatement to say proprietor Tyler and Sally Burbee have had an up and down time as entrepreneurs. Yet despite the challenges, they've pushed through like true northern pioneers battling the elements and rebuilding. As Prince George's first barbeque restaurant, they utilize Kansas City style low and slow cooking methods with great cuts of beef and pork, and top quality chicken. The menu features items you'd expect to find in a place serious about barbeque - delicious smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket and a great selection of loaded share platters. It's all done in-house with their own rubs and sauces, and they even cure their own bacon! To top it off they have a fantastic constantly changing craft beer menu.

 

Hummus Brothers Restaurant & Lounge

Proprietor: Kent Jomha

   

Kent Jomha and his partners started catering in the area in 2008. Word spread quickly and they expanded into a full service restaurant, first in the downtown on 4th Avenue and now at the Treasure Cove. The place has an elegant, yet comfortable feel with a fantastic lounge, outdoor patio and private room area. Their menu covers a broad range of global styles and tastes. From Indian Butter Chicken and Argentinean Burgers to Thai Shrimp & Scallop and Mexican Paella. Plus they have an extensive tapas menu featuring their namesake Lebanese Hummus with Pita. But what we love perhaps most of all is their BC craft beer menu that has a core selection of the province's best, along with a rotation of featured beers to expand your tastes.

 

Nancy O's

Proprietors: Garrett Fedorkiw & Eoin Foley

   

Since opening in 2009, proprietors Garrett Fedorkiw and Eoin Foley have been major catalysts for downtown revitalization, the local arts and farm table movements, and of course craft beer. They're arguably the best small venue for live entertainment in Prince George, hosting over 120 live acts each year including comedians, DJs and touring bands. Nancy O's decor and rustic small bistro charm, along with its menu of inspired and delicious appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, salads, pastas and sides leaves one coming back time after time. It certainly helps that it sources local ingredients from folks like Hope Farms, Northern Bioponics, Whispering Winds Ranch and Pastry Chef. Of course our favorite part is their constantly changing wall of local, BC and international craft beers, and a feature guest list of craft beers that helps drive new beer discovery.

 

Betulla Burning Pizzeria

Proprietors: Garrett Fedorkiw & Eoin Foley

   

Our pizzas are made using ancient Neapolitan techniques with sometimes untraditional ingredients. Using only seasoned hardwood, our handmade M.Acunto oven reaches temperatures of up to 1000 degrees, cooking pizzas in under 90 seconds. Our dough is made from "00" Caputo flour, water, salt, and yeast and is naturally leavened for 72 hours before serving. We consider each pizza to be a work of art and hope you enjoy what we consider to be one of life's great pleasures. . . truly amazing pizza!

 

Twisted Cork Restaurant

Proprietors: Chris Angus & Troy McKenzie

   

Full disclosure, we’re kind of biased to this place. Not only because of its great staff, fantastic food and stellar craft beer menu, but because it's home to Kiwanis Prince George. We hold our twice monthly Wednesday lunch meetings in their banquet room. Proprietors Chris Angus and Troy McKenzie have built a truly unique restaurant with perhaps the most stunning interiors in the city. It fuses the ambiance of an old English pub with an upscale eatery, to create a comfortable casual fine dining experience. Its beer menu features a range of ales and lagers to suit any casual drinker or craft enthusiast. Using fresh local ingredients, its menu explores twists on classics, as well unique tapas and entrees you won't find elsewhere. We love their family style sharing plates like their cheese boards, tapas tower, and mixed grill platter and cheese fondue.

 

Black Clover

Proprietors: Chris Angus & Troy McKenzie

 

Step inside and feel the intimate and friendly vibe you immediately expect from an Irish Public House.  Quiet corners to hide away and nurse one of your favourite draught beers from our 'Brass Cascade' tap system, boasting a mix of 10 Irish and domestic craft brews and ciders.  Enjoy some live entertainment or just mix and mingle.  Sit down and enjoy a complex Irish single pot whiskey or choose a glass of wine from our revolving wine list in the lounge area.

 

Kask

Another new addition to downtown Prince George, Kask is an excellent option for dinner and late-night drinks. Stop by and enjoy delicious, locally crafted food and an extensive beverage selection, including craft beer from around British Columbia. Visit them today to try a great selection of regional and international craft beer.

 

Frozen Paddle Ice Creamery

Proprietor: Wes Pederson

   

The combination of beer and food is an incredible thing. But how about with ice cream! There are of course many dessert beers out there, but the Frozen Paddle Ice Creamery produces a delectable treat to be enjoyed at any time. Having started operations in early 2015, owner Wes Pederson and his ice creamery have hit the ground running creating numerous treats for us to enjoy. They produce small batch, hand made ice cream, while using local and seasonal ingredients to create their tasty flavours. They take local craft beers and turn them into a smooth and creamy ice cream dessert. This new addition is a welcome treat at Kiwanis AleFest.

 

MUSIC

Great events are powered by great music. We're so pleased that Prince George Folkfest Society are assisting us to power the live music at the event for the third year. Their annual Coldsnap Winter Music Festival in Prince George is one of Canada's premier winter music events and a cultural highlight of BC. Occurring at the same time as the Coldsnap, Kiwanis AleFest will offer guests a fantastic winter weekend entertainment opportunity, where they can enjoy great music while sampling craft beer and tapas.

   

Friday Evening Music

Zavan Trio - Swingin' blues, bossa novas and jazz standards are what Zavan Trio like to play.  They're inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grappelli, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Jobim, and many others.

 

 

 

The Chevys - The Chevys are dedicated to everything Rockabilly - a mix of both country and early rock and roll that was most popular in the late 1950s. The Chevys are a three piece band from Prince George that strives to play authentic rockabilly from Buddy Holly to the Stray Cats and even some originals. They specialize in tight harmonies and experienced musicianship - guaranteed to be a great time for audiences of all ages!

 

 

Saturday Afternoon Music

The Chevys - The Chevys are dedicated to everything Rockabilly - a mix of both country and early rock and roll that was most popular in the late 1950s. The Chevys are a three piece band from Prince George that strives to play authentic rockabilly from Buddy Holly to the Stray Cats and even some originals. They specialize in tight harmonies and experienced musicianship - guaranteed to be a great time for audiences of all ages!

 

 

Zavan Trio - Swingin' blues, bossa novas and jazz standards are what Zavan Trio like to play.  They're inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grappelli, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Jobim, and many others.

 

 

 

 

Saturday Evening Music

Redwhyn - Redwhyn was started by brothers Joshua and Michael Hanson in 2015 in their hometown of Prince George, BC.  They write and record their all original music, which they both sing.  Michael works his magic on his 'home' instrument, bass, Joshua weaves the melodies with electric guitar, and talented local friends fill in. They are recording  their first album, a self-titled EP, with the help of Wooden Fish Studio and Behind the Hat Productions.

 

Zavan Trio - Swingin' blues, bossa novas and jazz standards are what Zavan Trio like to play.  They're inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, Stephan Grappelli, Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Jobim, and many others.

 

 

 

 

 

ART

The great part of holding a beer festival at an art gallery is that it gives guests the unique opportunity to experience a visual art exhibition in a unique and diverse way. Guests will be the opportunity to explore the exhibitions featured in the main Canfor Galleries.

 

Canfor Galleries Exhibition

AND... – Various

An exhibition of work by British Columbia based artists

And... marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada, a solidifying moment in the history of this country. It is the conjunction of experience and a tale to which there is always another side. This exhibition serves to acknowledge familiar stories, and to welcome unfamiliar perspectives on a past more prosperous for others than it was for many. Featuring work by artists from across BC, this exhibition aspires to examine the accomplishments and the failures of the last 150 years and take stock of the present so that we might honour the foundations on which confederation was built by forging a stronger tomorrow.

 

Broken Paths – Tara Nicholson, Patrick Dunford, Jeremy Herndl and Susan Barton-Tait

The history of this land is a story of paths broken both by Indigenous people and settlers. From a contemporary viewpoint, this exhibition looks at human habitation marking points along pathways that ended in a home as often as failed aspirations. Evidence of these journeys dot the landscape as towns, structures and junk heaps. Through the work of Tara Nicholson, Patrick Dunford, Jeremy Herndl and Susan Barton-Tait, Broken Paths documents and reflects the intrepid spirit, the human need for shelter and its imprint on the world.

 

Friends I've Met – Elmer Gunderson

Elmer Gunderson is responsible for the faces in the trees, at Prince George's Cottonwood Island Park. His carvings are a favourite of locals and tourists alike! This prolific local carver uses wood, marble, and other media to share his stories. Join us for the free opening reception, Thursday January 26 at 7:30pm!

 

Rustad Galleria

To be announced