Gourmet Italian sausages sizzling on the grill, hand-rolled fine cigars, pretzel necklaces and more than a dozen craft brewers will all be in downtown Titusville for one of the region’s favorite annual events this weekend outside of The Blue Canoe Brewery.
More than 1,200 people are expected to attend Saturday’s fifth annual Drake’s Folly Brew Fest, featuring at least 17 breweries from the tri-state area — including three from Meadville and one traveling all the way from Colorado — with more possibly making the journey to the event that is becoming a favorite for Oil Festival revelers, as well as the brewers.
The event will be held in two sessions Saturday, from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m.
Blue Canoe co-owner Jeremy Potocki said the atmosphere created by holding the event in the center of town makes it a unique experience.
“This one’s pretty fun,” Potocki told The Titusville Herald, “because it’s a street party kind of setup, and the brewers all like it.”
Several of the brewers in town for the festival annually camp together afterward.
“Some of them get hotels and whatnot, but most of them get together with us and we camp just outside of town,” Potocki said. “So, this is one of the festivals that they all really enjoy coming to, because it’s more of a casual thing. We’re pretty relaxed.”
The fun evening of sampling regionally-crafted beers is one enjoyed by a range of people. The Blue Canoe’s clientele is said to be anyone between the ages of 30 and 50.