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Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival returns to Okemo, Aug. 4-6

Aug. 4-6—LUDLOW— Okemo Mountain Resort will host its annual Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival Aug. 4-6. This is a Vermont Chamber of Commerce “Top Ten Summer Event.” Okemo’s Jackson Gore Inn courtyard will be the setting for enjoying the great outdoors and sampling a variety of beer and wine from regional and national producers. Live concerts will accompany the tasting all three days and an on-site marketplace will feature food trucks and craft vendors. On Saturday, festival attendees will determine the 2017 Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Champion.

Returning this year to the courtyard at the Jackson Gore Inn, Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival has become a true family event with soda sampling for kids and the festival’s close proximity to Okemo’s Adventure Zone and all the amenities of the Inn.

Hops in the Hills attendees will be able to sample beverages from a selection of nearly 100 beers, ciders and meads, plus more than 30 fine wines. Festival hours are 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4; noon-8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 6.

The musical lineup for the weekend includes East Coast Soul on Friday evening; Shark Martin, Rek’Lis and Joshua Panda Party on Saturday; and Jake Kulak & The Lowdown and Saints & Liars on Sunday.

In addition to beer and wine sampling on Saturday, Hops in the Hills attendees may take part in determining this year’s winner of the Okemo Valley Chicken Wing Championship. Each $5 pack of tickets allows guests to sample five chicken wings prepared by seven local restaurants, and cast one vote for their favorite wing. This year’s Chicken Wing Champion will be announced at the end of the day, Aug. 5.

Admission is free and open to all ages. Soft drinks and food items will be available for purchase from a variety of food trucks, the Adventure Zone Waffle Cabin, Okemo’s barbecue or Coleman Brook Tavern. Beer and wine tasters must be 21 or older and present a valid ID. Pricing for tasting varies according to the size and style of drinkware purchased. Sampling portions range in size from three ounces for wine up to 25 ounces for beer, cider and mead. Each sampling glass is sold with three tasting tickets and additional tickets are available.

Okemo’s Adventure Zone and Evolution Bike Park will be operating throughout the weekend.

For more information, call 802-228-1600 or visit

Courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort

Festival-goers enjoy cold beverages on a hot day during Okemo’s Hops in the Hills event.

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