Food & 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.

 

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.

 

Cimo Mediterranean Grill

 

Cimo Mediterranean Grill is a restaurant inspired by fresh, handpicked ingredients which are grown locally, provide vibrant flavours and support farmers in the community.  The menu showcases fresh, handmade pasta, a fabulous selection of seafood and grills as well as many vegetarian options and alternatives for guests who have food sensitivities. Cimo staff is proud to serve every dish fresh and made to order, and to enhance their guests' stellar dining experience, they offer a daily "Fresh Sheet" which features amazing innovative specials made with local sustainable foods. They are always focused on working as a team to create a memorable, personalized and friendly service, with servers who enjoy getting to the know the names of their guests; creating a home away from home.

 

CrossRoads Brewing

   

Opened in early 2017 by local owners Daryl Leiski and Bjorn Butow, CrossRoads Brewing has had a busy first year of business. Their bright and welcoming tasting room is a great environment to watch the brewing process, hang out with friends, and relax on the large patio in the summer. Lead in the kitchen by Head Chef Wayne Kitchen, CrossRoads has been rolling out delicious dishes - including pizzas, appetizers, salads and main entrees. You can’t go wrong with a fresh pint and a CrossRoads pizza! Join them for lunch daily for delicious made-fresh in house soups, sandwiches, and salads. Now open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10am.

 

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.

 

 

 

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

Unbound: Jennifer Bowes, Robert Chaplin, Adam David Brown, Angela Grauerholz and Guy Laramée

Over the centuries books have evolved in step with new resources and technologies. Today, as digital access to knowledge grows in popularity, the relevance of printed media is sometimes challenged. Through the work of Jennifer Bowes, Robert Chaplin, Adam David Brown, Angela Grauerholz and Guy Laramée, Unbound aims to expand perceptions of what a printed book can be, how it might look and what might be its value in contemporary times.

Angela Grauerholz. Privation (folded Book #43 front), 2001. Ink jet print (Giclée) on Arches paper.

 

 

Excerpts from a Retrospective: Gary Pearson

Gary Pearson is a visual artist based in Kelowna, BC. Excerpts from a Retrospective brings together a selection of paintings produced between 2007 – 2018. Pearson’s psychologically charged work is often anchored in the description of a fleeting moment. Within his paintings, a seemingly ordinary activity, expression, or a scene, also bears suggestions of a broader context and syntactical meaning. In this way, Pearson connects the moments he depicts to the larger world of everyday life and human experience.

Gary Pearson. Come Back Later, 2007. Oil on canvas.