Summer KC Beer Festival


Last Friday, Ashley, Autrin, and I went to Boulevardia, a beer, food, and music festival in the West Bottoms. Having grown-up in Kansas City, I am a die-hard fan of the Royals, the Jayhawks, and Boulevard Beer. I was pretty upset that I missed it last year, but this year exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to go back again.

Our biggest worry driving downtown was finding parking, but it was a breeze finding one of the many lots for the event--and it was free! There were also trolleys for a free shuttle service to and from the venue. Once we got inside we had to buy tokens for beer (one token was $2, and one beer cost three tokens).  In the Makers Market I fell in love with Casey Ligon's shop (pictured above, center). A few of the shops in the West Bottoms were open and we explored before going to the main stage to see MS MR perform.

The festival was designed for people of all ages, but I think that the staff did an incredible job catering to millennials and our desire to post all of our experiences on social media. Every nook and cranny of the event had a special detail that instantly made it perfect for photos. The best part of the atmosphere was the abundant KC pride and support for local businesses. 

The fashion was pretty mainstream for a music festival--rompers everywhere. I've been dying for a pair of Qauy sunglasses and I think that this would have been a perfect venue to try them out. Fingers crossed I'll have a pair before Chipotle Cultivate in July.
 
My beer of choice of the festival was the pale ale. For dinner there were more than twenty food trucks, but we decided on Taco Republic Truck. Toward the end of the night I wanted something sweet. We found Bee Sweet Ice Cream and I tried the beet ginger cinnamon ese taco. I've never had dairy-free ice cream before and it tasted JUST like cinnamon toast crunch.


Ashley and I hit the Ferris Wheel right before The Mowgli's went on stage. Their show was easily the highlight of the night and I would love to see them again. You can get their album, Kids In Love on iTunes for only $5.99. Check it out!

My friend, Autrin, writer of The College PR Life, has started the cutest Instagram shop called @beads_andblooms selling handmade bracelets for only $8 in Lawrence, Kansas. She uses the brightest color combinations that are perfect for summer time! Check out her shop in the link above for a custom order today.

Let me know if you went to Boulevardia and what your favorite part was in the comment section below! My biggest hope for next year is that Snapchat will have a geofilter for the event.