‘Belgium Comes to Cooperstown’ on tap

The 18th annual “Belgium Comes to Cooperstown,” billed as a “beer, music, food, and all-things-fun fest,” will return to Cooperstown the long weekend of August 5-7.

About 3,000 people typically attend the event by Brewery Ommegang, the maker of Belgian-style brews that will be a focal point of the celebration of all things Belgian, along with handcrafted foods, live music, on-site camping, and fireworks.

The festivities are scheduled to begin on Friday at 6 p.m. with a multi-course beer-pairing dinner for VIP ticket holders. The festival grounds will open at noon on Saturday for patrons holding camping tickets. Tastings will begin at 2:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders and 3 p.m. for general admission. Tastings will end at 7 p.m. Live music is scheduled from 3 p.m. to midnight. On Sunday morning, breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon.

The brewery will be closed to the public on Friday and Saturday of that weekend, reopening for regular service on Sunday. VIP tickets, priced at $275, include the five-course beer pairing dinner, two nights of camping on the brewery grounds, and additional access to the beer tasting on Saturday afternoon. General admission tickets for Saturday’s tasting event cost $110 and general admission with camping on Saturday night costs $125. All tickets are available online.

Brewery Ommegang is located at 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown. Phone: (607) 544-1800.

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