Back to the Farm: MacKinnon Brothers Beer and Music Festival is a big ol’ field party with live music, craft beer, food trucks and more! Join us for our third annual festival on our beautiful farm & brewery in Bath, ON on Sunday, August 20, 2017. More details coming this spring.
LOCAL FOOD TRUCKS
BREWERY TOURS (by donation, see below)
WINE & CIDER FROM PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY
GAMES (giant Jenga, foosball, frisbee, badminton, and more!)
Q. What if it rains?
A. You’ll get wet. It’s a rain or shine event!
Q. What’s the story with parking?
A. It’s free, it’s plentiful, and it’s right on site! You can park overnight if you need to, though we prefer that you plan ahead and take a shuttle bus or travel with a designated driver. We have a really big field for parking, so don’t park on the side of the road. We aren’t responsible for any damage or theft to vehicles in our parking lot, so keep valuables out of site. If you drive drunk, we will find you. It is likely that the local constabulary will find you as well.
Q. Shuttle buses, eh? Tell us more.
A. We are happy to once again offer free shuttle buses to and from the brewery.
Buses depart from two locations in Kingston: Red House downtown, and Red House West.
Departing from Kingston: every hour on the hour, starting at 12 pm, with the last bus heading to the brewery at 8 pm.
Departing from the brewery: every hour on the hour starting at 3 pm, with the last buses leaving the brewery as soon as the music is over (roughly 10:30 pm)
Shuttle buses are FREE! They are also first come, first serve, so your spot on the bus is not guaranteed and there is no way to reserve a spot. There are four of them, but we recommend having a backup plan just in case. And if that backup plan involves driving drunk, may your beer be pissed in forever more.
Q. When are the brewery tours?
A. Brewery tours will be at 1 pm, 3 pm, and 5 pm, and will be available by $10 donation to Change for Families in Need. Sign up will be near the retail store.
Change for Families in Need (Change for FIN) is a registered non-profit grassroots organisation in Kingston, Ontario committed to reducing the impact of violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families, by advocating for the rights of survivors and for changes to the judicial process.
Q. Is there camping?
A. No, but we hope to add camping to future festivals. Hope this helps.
Q. Are children allowed?
A. Yes! This is an all-ages event, and children under 12 are free. We’ll have lots of games on site for both kids and adults to enjoy (badminton, Frisbee, giant Jenga, etc.). There is also an ice cream truck.
Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. Nope. Dogs generally don’t do well with loud music, plus it can get really hot on the farm. And if they get drunk and start aggressively flirting, it can be an unwelcome distraction.
Q. Will I need cash?
A. Yes, but we may be able to do cash back from our Interac machine in the brewery’s retail store. There’s also an RBC in Bath. Best to bring plenty of cash with you.
Q. Can I bring my own drinks?
A. You can’t bring booze. We’ll have lots. We will have a water truck on site, so you can bring a non-glass water bottle. Anything else is fine, as long as it’s sealed when you get here.
Q. Will you have non-beer options?
A. Yes! We will have cider (the boozy kind) and wine from some of our good friends in Prince Edward County. Our food vendors will have a variety of pop drinks and such for sale as well.
Q. Can my band perform/can I be a vendor?
A. We are booked right up this year, but feel free to contact us and we’ll keep you in mind for next year or other events.
Q. What else should I bring?
A. We mentioned cash, right? And a water bottle (not made of glass)? Otherwise, check the weather and bring gear accordingly. We’re doing this rain or shine! Definitely bring lots of sunscreen, nice friends, good ideas, and maybe a lawn chair or picnic blanket. But lawn chairs aren’t allowed near the stage. No one can party hard while sitting down.
Q. What else can’t I bring?
A. We already told you about alcohol, pets, and glassware, but you also can’t bring shitty attitudes, weapons, uncomfortable shoes, and bad drunks. Bicycles or skateboards or any other type of non-foot transportation is both impractical and not allowed on the festival grounds.