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Tallahassee Beer Festival to benefit 26 local charities

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 18:16:27-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Beer Festival is back.

The festival expects to bring thousands of people to the Capital City. Visitors will get the chance to try over 200 different beers while helping local non-profits as well.

This is the second year the Pavilion in Tallahassee will house the event. Proceeds will go to help 26 local charities.

"I don't know of a bigger North Florida event with this many different breweries representing, so hopefully this becomes a hallmark Tallahassee thing," said Ben Graybar.

Ben Greybar, the organizer of the Tallahassee Beer Festival, hopes the Tallahassee Beer Festival will become a standing tradition in the Capital City.

"We are really excited because people are traveling from out of town to be at this event with us. 1,550 people are going to be here. 72 different breweries," said Greybar. "Anyone within a 90 mile radius is going to be here. So its a destination event for Tallahassee."

Greybar says there's more to this event then just hanging out and drinking beer. It's an opportunity to learn and support 26 different non-profits that make up Tallahassee.

One of the those is Whole Child Leon. This is the first year the organization will be participating in the festival.

"Being able to come together with different community organizations and non-profits and to share the wealth its just a really cool opportunity," said Holly Mcphail, the communications director for Whole Child Leon.

Whole Child Leon advocates for mental health, economic stability, and early education for children. The money raised at Saturday's festival will allow the organization to continue to make a difference and push their mission forward.

"We are going to be able to use these funds to continue to fund some really important advocacy work and grow one of our landmark programs called the Tallahassee Pediatric Behavioral Health Center," said Mcphail.

The festival is sold out, but if you come out Saturday at 3:30 p.m., you can buy a discounted ticket as people leave. It will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p..m at the Pavilion in Tallahassee.