What to Expect | FAQs


New to a beer festival?  Here’s a quick summary of how it works:

When you arrive at the entry gate location, please present your ticket along with your ID if requested/required to gain access to the event.  Inside the festival grounds you will receive your sample glass and tokens.  Mix, mingle, and sample beer/cider from our roster of fabulous vendors.  Glass rinsing stations will be available to clean your glass between samples.

Most beers/ciders will require only 1 token per sample. Some, due to higher cost ingredients, may require 2 tokens.  Food, water and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase with tokens.  Vendors will display token rates.  Extra tokens are available for $2 on-site.

Vote for People’s Choice, sample a hard to find one-off, chat with fellow beer enthusiasts, or take your first sip into the craft beer world.  Please ensure you have a safe way to get home.  Designated Driver services will be available.

Event will run rain or shine … Please enjoy responsibly!


Frequently Asked Questions

Where/when is this shindig?
The 5th annual Durham Craft Beer Festival will be held July 14, 2018 in Downtown Oshawa. We will be shutting down Ontario St. (one block east of Simcoe between Bond and King) for the event.  Please enter on King St.  VIP access begins at 11:00 AM with General Admission at 12:30 PM.  Gates close at 7:30 PM with Last Call at 8:00 PM.

Are children allowed inside the festival?
No, this is a 19+ event.  For their safety, children/strollers are not permitted on festival grounds.

Are pets allowed inside the festival?
For safety reasons we ask that you keep your pets at home.

I am a Designated Driver, is there a discounted ticket/rate if I am not drinking?
Due to space constraints for this event we are not offering discounted DD tickets – however, we will explore this for future events.  DD’s are welcome to use their tokens for non-alcoholic beverages and food, and keep their awesome sample glass too.

I am not bringing a DD, will there be DD services on-site?
Yes, we have numbers to a few DD services, we can help arrange this for you at the entry gate.  Please get home safe!

How big is a sample?
Breweries are permitted to serve 5 oz samples of their beers/ciders.

How many tokens are needed per sample?
Most beers/ciders will require only 1 token per sample.  Some, due to higher cost ingredients, may require 2 tokens.  Vendors will post token rates.

Can I purchase extra tokens?  
Yes, extra tokens will be available for $2 each.

Is there parking near the festival?
There is lots of parking in downtown Oshawa on city streets and in municipal lots.  Parking is FREE on Saturdays.

Is there food and/or non-alcoholic beverages available?
Yes, drinking water, non-alcoholic beverages and food will be available for purchase on-site with your tokens.  Local area restaurants will also be open off-site and we hope will extend deals to beer festival patrons.

What seating is available?
Seating is available inside Buster Rhino’s restaurant and on the patio.  Due to space constraints we won’t have any additional seating on Ontario Street, but we will have a number of bar tables set up to allow you space to lean, mingle and put stuff down.

What if it rains?
The festival will run rain or shine.  We will have a large party tents set up to shield you from rain or sun.

Will there be music?
Most likely.

Do I need to print and bring my e-ticket if I purchase it on-line, or can I bring a copy on my phone?
Either will work, but please bring at least one version.  We will have a list of names/ticket numbers at the gate for verification of tickets purchased on-line.

Are tickets refundable/transferable?  What if I buy 4 tickets and only 3 can make it?
Tickets are non-refundable.  You may transfer tickets, but please remember the name they were originally purchased under so we can verify their authenticity.  If one in your party cannot make it, tokens associated with that ticket can be shared among others in your party.  Bringing the extra ticket with you, if possible, would be best. The sample glass is also yours to take home, however we request this remains at the gate and can be picked up on exit.

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