FresYes Fest 2017, an event that celebrates the very best of Fresno, takes place this Saturday. Are you ready?
No? Still have some questions? That’s okay. I’ve put together this post detailing everything you need to know — from beers and food to bands and FAQs — before you head out to Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. Feel free to leave any lingering questions you have in the comments.
When: 1-11 p.m. Saturday, March 25
Where: Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., 745 Fulton St., Fresno
How much: Admission is free.
Who: This is an all-ages event. You can even bring your well-behaved, chill dog if you have one.
Why: “FresYes Fest is an event that the entire city can be proud of and enjoy,” says Michael Cruz, president of Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. “At Tioga-Sequoia, it’s our favorite day of the year, a day the entire community can come together downtown and celebrate the very best of Fresno.”
What Beers Will Be Available?
Tioga-Sequoia will serve the beers in its regular rotation, as well as some they’ve created just for the event. Here is the complete list of beers that will be available.
• Gen Sherman IPA
• 99 Golden Ale
• Half Dome California Wheat (Now brewed with local Stone Fruit)
• Mt. Whitney XPA
• Firefall Red
• Double Dry Hopped Gen Sherman IPA
• Sugar Pine Porter
• Murrieta Chile Beer
• Rush Hour Breakfast Stout (Lanna)
• Rush Hour Breakfast Stout (Slow Train)
• Rush Hour Breakfast Stout (Valparasio)
• Tamarack Amber Lager
Specials for FresYes Fest
• Orange U Glad IPA – Unfiltered West Coast IPA infused with Blood Oranges
• MoMo S.M.A.S.H – Single Malt Single Hop IPA. (Maris Otter and Mosaic)
• Churro Stout – A Churro-flavored Milk Stout
Will There Be a Tribute Beer Like Last Year?
Last year, a very special beer was unveiled in honor of then-mayor Ashley Swearengin, the Swearengin Strawberry Blonde Ale. There will be a special tribute beer released this year, too. This year’s beer will honor the 20th anniversary of the Fresno Grizzlies, and it’s pretty interesting.
The beer is called Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and it’s a brown ale that tastes like peanuts and Cracker Jacks — naturally. Two dollars from each beer sold will be donated to the Fresno Grizzlies’ Junior Grizzlies, which is a challenger league that allows kids with disabilities to play baseball, as well as Fresno’s Sunnyside Little League, which serves more than 6,000 young baseball players from central and southeast Fresno.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame will be released at 1 p.m., so be sure to try it before it runs out!
What Food Trucks Will Be There?
This year, instead of taking up space inside the Tioga-Sequoia grounds, the food trucks will inhabit Fulton Street, right outside the beer garden.
I wrote a post a month ago detailing the trucks that will be in attendance, but here they are once again:
• El Premio Mayor
• Taste Kitchen
• WTF: Where’s the Food
• Locavoria 559: Flat Bottom Grills
• Smokin’ Burrito
• La Elegante
• Dapper Dogs
• P&R Fusion
• Casa De Tamales
• Quesadilla Gorilla
• Jay’s Specialty Ice Cream
• Pizza Pit
• Masala Indian Restaurant
Can I Take My Beer Onto Fulton Street?
Yes. This is a change from last year. You can take your beer with you when you visit the food trucks on Fulton Street.
Can I Bring My Own Food & Water?
Eh, kinda. Water you can definitely bring, but the point is to try out the different food trucks and beer, so no bringing in coolers of food or giant pizzas or anything.
What Vendors Will Be on Hand?
You’ll be able to buy more than food and beer at FresYes Fest. The following vendors will be on hand to either sell their wares or talk to you about other events and goings-on in Fresno.
• Dear Danger
• Believe Mobile Boutique
• Mermaids & Co
• Rebel Lion Gear
• Fresno Underground Art
• Casual Glitz
• Bakagirl Jewelry
• Buck Natural
• InTension Productions
• Fresno Grizzlies
• Grizzly Fest
• The Bee’s Brew Buzz
• Fresno Fuego
What If It Rains?
FresYes Fest is a rain-or-shine event, so bring your umbrella if it looks like it might rain on Saturday.
When is the Best Time to Go?
If you really want to avoid lines, be sure to be at the event before 4 p.m., as that’s when it tends to get really busy.
Should I Bring a Chair?
Sure, if you want a guaranteed place to sit. But Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co. reserves the right to, you know, move you and your chair if need be.
When Do the Bands Play?
Check out this post I wrote on the bands that will appear at the fest. Here are scheduled start times for each:
1 p.m. Event begins
1:15 p.m. Stoneshiver
2:30 p.m. The Box
4:30 p.m. Amoret
6 p.m. John Clifton Blues Band
7:45 p.m. Strange Vine
9 p.m. DJ Jess
Are There In and Out Privileges?
FresYes Fest is a free event, so you can come and go as you please, but you do have to wait in line each time you leave the grounds.
Different from last year is the fact there will be two entrances — the regular one on Inyo, and then one at Mono and Fulton. That should hopefully cut down on some of the wait time to get in.
One last piece of info: The FresYes Realty/FresYes.com team will be out there trying to rally the crowd on a very important voting issue. If you see someone with a clipboard coming at you yelling “Eureka!”, don’t be alarmed — it’s all in good fun.
See you Saturday at FresYes Fest 2017!