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The Story of BeerCamp (March 28th, 2PM, Parade at 1PM)

Posted by CMH Gourmand on March 8, 2010

Wild Goose Creative
2491 Summit Street

March 28th
BeerCamp Parade starts at 1 PM
BeerCamp (Camp) starts at 2 PM (Tickets $12 and are expected to sell out soon)

So what is BeerCamp? It is a celebration of beer. It is also a celebration of things crafted in Columbus with some beer connection. You will be able to drink it, eat it, maybe wear it, listen to songs about it and whatever you want. There is one disclaimer to the BeerCamp information. It will be the best event in Columbus on March 28th until 4 PM at which time it becomes tied with Studio 35 which is having a beer tasting followed by a showing of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The good news is that both venues are within walking distance of each other.

BeerCamp was inspired by BaconCamp. The idea was spawned during a discussion of beer related foods during a food bloggers retreat at the Inn at Cedar Falls last summer. Meetings ensued thereafter. An A-Team of event planners came together to create BeerCamp from scratch (and this think tank prevented names such a Beerapalozza, BeerFest and BeerDay by Sapphire). I thought I would mention a bit about Team BeerCamp and what has been going on behind the scenes.

Amanda Anderson was asked if BeerCamp could happen at Wild Goose Creative. She said yes and then she was bombarded with e-mails and ideas. Her greatest skill is the ability to do seven things at once as long as six are in electronic format. She would be an ideal executive assistant for a progressive restaurant business that wanted to be at least three times more efficient in everything.

The Jill Moorhead of Itinerant Foodies and the Hills Market. Jill has many gifts. She can market markets at an exceptional level of excellence and she does inspired graphic design. She has a knack for getting people to volunteer for things that are outside their comfort zone or maybe their own good sense. I am certain she uses some type of Jedi mind trick. Here is a sample interaction.
Jill: “You want to do this task.”
Victim Volunteer: “Yes, I do want to do that task.”
Jill provides great color commentary and she is an expert coffee drinker. Every group should have a Jill Moorhead but we moved quicker and no one else can have her now.

Kristine Eley a Beer expert and hockey player. She has a phobia of parades so we decided to have one.

Mary Martineau of the North Market has saved BeerCamp from skunking at least six times. Mary can take a ten step task, make it two steps and then she just does it so no one else needs to. She knows everything about getting anything done and she is able do so while avoiding staying for an entire meeting. Mary is the MacGyver of event management but she does not need the duct tape. She has a cool van. Also, no one says no to Mary. No one.

Nick Dekker of the Wild Goose Creative Collective and Breakfast with Nick. Mr. Dekker is the best note taker ever and he can type while operating at least one other social media app at the same time.

CMH Gourmand – Brings beer to BeerCamp meetings.

An incredible selection of judges, the Creme de la Columbus, has been gathered for the Homebrew, Beer Cuisine, Beer Arts and Crafts and Beer Label design contests. Our sponsors have been incredibly generous – it is an act of bravery to support an event that has never been done before so I think there is some faith in the people involved and the power of beer. The public servants at the City Police and Permit Departments have provided great service and assistance.

And as for the parade, it will be the first parade ever in Old(e) North Columbus. The route may be the shortest in Columbus marching event history at .7 miles. If you have never been in a parade this is your opportunity to do so. The BeerCamp Parade is the best chance to help Kristine defeat her fear of parades or you could help her protest against it.

This is going to be lot of fun so spread the word.

This is a parade permit, do not attempt to do this from your own home - parades are expensive and potentially habit forming

5 Responses to “The Story of BeerCamp (March 28th, 2PM, Parade at 1PM)”

  1. MarketMary said

    Hmmm….GoogleAlerts tipped me off to these shenanigans – not that I don’t check CMH gourmand daily anyways 🙂 -and I am much amused (and seriously flattered).
    In fact, Jill Moorhead used those Jedi mind tricks to get me on the BeerCamp committee.
    Jill: “Mary, don’t you want to be on the BeerCamp Committee?”
    Mary: “Well, since YOU asked me do I really have a choice?”
    And thus it was settled that I was in.
    And I found out that I am in awesome company!

  2. Amanda said

    I want to make that description my facebook status 🙂 Also, description of Mary is PERFECT!!! Thanks for the kind words yet again!

  3. Lauren Wilson said


  4. DianaHayes said

    Where are you getting a band, and do they drink before or after they play? (Not volunteering, not musically inclined, just interested.)

    CMH G Comment:

    We have a many musical friends and connections in our planning committee. Our confirmed musician is Kyle Sowash – who will be doing special songs just for the event. Tentatively we have a trombone player, a tractor, an ice cream truck and a dog with three chickens. However, all interested musicians – or really anyone is invited to be in the parade. Participants need to arrive by 12:45. Bands can drink before or after the parade but not during the parade. At the time of this writing there are only a handful or tickets left for BeerCamp itself. Come see the first parade in Olde North Columbus, the shortest parade in Columbus history and the best parade on March 28th.

  5. The event sold out on March 19th. But there is still plenty of room in the parade.

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