It wasn’t all about the brews at the 4th annual Moore Farms Botanical Garden Beer Fest. With record attendance to the event, $12,292 was raised for the Florence County Disabilities Foundation (FCDF). The foundation board promotes making a difference in people’s lives by sponsoring opportunities such as summer camps, talent contests, holiday meals, uniforms for special Olympic athletes and other activities and programs.
MFBG plans the Beer Fest each year to allow people to explore the world of craft beer, wander the gorgeous gardens, and most importantly, raise money for a charity doing work to benefit the local community. The event this year included over 35 breweries offering around 100 different brews for sampling. Guests were entertained by the Jebb Mac Band and munched on food from the Wings and Dreams food truck.
VIP ticket holders entered the garden from noon to 1 p.m. to enjoy the exclusive first taste and collect their t-shirt, pint glass, and hops plant. They were greeted by MFBG staff and volunteers from the community and the FCDF who were ready to fill their tasters with the best brews. Breweries from South Carolina included Seminar and Local Motive from Florence; Holy City, Fatty’s Beer Works, Tradesman, Rusty Bull and Cooper River from Charleston; Swamp Cabbage from Columbia; Birds Fly South from Greenville; New South Brewing from Myrtle Beach; and RJ Rockers from Spartanburg.
Director of the Florence County Disabilities Foundation Anne Carpenter said, “The foundation is eternally grateful for this special opportunity to partner with Moore Farms Botanical Gardens on Beer Fest 2017.”
Carpenter continued, “We are very fortunate to have Ms. Moore open her gardens and provide such a phenomenal staff to plan this event. The day could not have been any better and we appreciate the great attendance and support we received from everyone who came out to provide so much for our people with disabilities and special needs.”
Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s mission is to promote research and education in horticulture, agriculture and forestry for the benefit of the people of South Carolina and beyond. We are proud to be a member of the Florence County community and want to thank everyone for joining us at this fabulous event. Moore Farms Botanical Garden invites you to visit the garden at the free fall garden open on Saturday, September 30th or for The Sarracenia, an elegant garden party event featuring a 3-course luncheon showcasing produce from local farms. To discover more about the garden, visit www.moorefarmsbg.org or call 843-210-7582.
By Roberta Burns.