Don’t worty, be hoppy: Beer Fest raises money for foundation

September 9, 2018

LAKE CITY, S.C. — Hundreds of people hopped over to Lake City Saturday afternoon to get their suds on for a good cause at the Fifth Annual Moore Farms Botanical Garden Beer Fest.

The event had barley hit its 1 p.m. official start time and already a steady parade of cars chugged past the ticket tent and toward the event itself.

Armed with tiny beer glasses, the participants flowed along the pathways and poured into shelters under which more than 40 vendors served up samples of more than 125 types of beer and hard cider.

“One of our most popular events — we’ll have hundreds of people come out,” said Carlo Balistrieri, executive director of Moore Farms Botanical Garden.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the Beer Fest will benefit the Florence County Disabilities Foundation, Balistrieri said.

“They are here with a corps of volunteers to help us pull the day off,” he said.

The event is one of the two biggest to which the garden plays host throughout the year. Last year 800 people turned out, though it could be lower this year competing against college football, he said.

The foundation has tapped into the love of brew as one of its larger fundraisers throughout the year, said Anne Carpenter, director of Florence County Disabilities Foundation.

“We are very lucky to be chosen by Moore Botanical Farms to be able to do this,” Carpenter said.

“The foundation raises money for things that are not covered,” Carpenter said of the official state agency and the 1,400 clients it serves in Florence County. “Wheelchairs, handicapped ramps, dental work, recreational activities. Just a little bit of everything they would not get to do were it not for the foundation and the wonderful people who support us.”

Balistrieri said that the annual event has “a lot of moving parts” and that fermenting next year’s hoppening would likely start about the time cleanup from this year’s event had finished.

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