Brews, food, music and art: The "Art of Beer," the annual fundraiser for the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, will be held from 6 until 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. Craft beer lovers, who also appreciate great food and music, will pack the NACC for the seventh annual event. Last year, more than 500 patrons were in attendance.
More than 20 beer and food vendors will line the halls of the NACC and serve a dozen different culinary selections and more than 50 varieties of beer. In addition, some great blues and classic rock music will be flowing through the hallways, compliments of the Bravuras and the Lakeside Blues Band.
Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 the day of the event. Patrons must be 21 to attend. The admission ticket includes both beer and food tasting throughout the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the NACC, located at 1201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls; at Niagara Tradition Home Brewing Supplies, located at 1296 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda; or online at www.thenacc.org via PayPal.
Vendors include Flying Bison Brewery, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, Pan American Grill & Brewery, Consumers Beverages, Community Beer Works, The Brickyard Pub & BBQ, Niagara Falls Conference Center/Old Falls Street, Certo Brothers Distributing and Try It Distributing. A home brew demonstration will also be on display.
There is plenty of free parking just across the street from the NACC. For more information, call the NACC at 716-282-7530 or Niagara Tradition at 716-877-8767.
The Niagara Arts and Cultural Center is a multi-arts center located in the former Niagara Falls High School. The NACC, founded in 2001, was once slated for demolition, but is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to more than 70 artists, a ballet school, two theaters and recording studios. Through the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, it has undergone a major renaissance and is now serving as a catalyst for the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhoods.