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April 20-21: Oxford Beer Festival

10 Apr

beer fest flyer

We are mere days away from the Oxford Craft Beer Festival, which will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill.

I have a special interest in the event since I’m organizing the VIP area, which involves six Oxford chefs being teamed up with craft brewers to create unique dishes that either integrate or pair with craft beers. All VIP ticket holders have access to the general admission area as well, and will have access to special brews, complimentary food and water/soda, and entrance into the festival one hour early (at noon).

Also happening in the VIP area will be a silent auction featuring beer-themed items as well as items donated from local Oxford businesses such as RockIT Computer Solutions, Sweet Cheeks, Deal’s Auto Repair, Lafayette Carpet Cleaning and more.

Some things to know before you go (for all ticket holders):

  • Online ticket sales are ending soon.
  • There are only 100 VIP tickets available per day.
  • Ticket prices increase by $10 at the door.
  • There should be enough free parking, but for those who would like a ride to the event, there will be a shuttle going to/from the JCPenney parking lot ($10 fee).
  • There will be some fun gifts/crafts for purchase at the event, so don’t forget to bring some extra pocket change with you.

Check out the Oxford Beer Festival site for event information and ticket comparison. General admission is $35/pp/day and VIP admission is $75/pp/day.

Find out more about the VIP chefs in the videos below.

Tim Woodard from Little Easy Express Lunches and Catering (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Sam Thamutok from Rice & Spice (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Sean Adams from Honey Bee Bakery (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Erika Lipe from Lenora’s (Cooking Saturday and Sunday)

Jon Myrick from Proud Larry’s (Cooking Sunday, April 21)

Rob Ray from McEwen’s (Cooking Saturday, April 20)

Do You Like Beer?

7 Feb

beer fest flyer

You’ve waited and waited, wondering if a beer festival would ever come to Oxford….Well, the wait is over!

The Oxford Craft Beer Festival will be held on April 20 and 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill. More than 140 craft beers will be sampled along with food, live music, games and more.

Brewmasters from near and far will be on hand to answer questions and participate in special demonstrations created exclusively for this event.

VIP ticket holders will gain access to the exclusive VIP Lounge hosted by EatingOxford.com, where brewmasters and local chefs will team up to prepare dishes that incorporate craft brews. This is something you won’t want to miss!

Stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, secure your tickets for an event that’s sure to sell out. General admission is $35/day; VIP is $75/day.

Note: A shuttle and discounted designated driver tickets are also available.

Miss-i-sippin’ April 4

30 Jan

miss-i-sippin

Get ready for the fourth annual Miss-i-sippin’ Beer and Food Pairing, scheduled for Thursday, April 4, at the Powerhouse.

A full lineup of beers will be paired with an all-new menu this year. For those who loved the beer float in year’s past, it’s back!

Tickets are on sale now for $35, with special $10 discounts for Art Council members. Purchase at The Powerhouse  or by phone at 662-236-6429
9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Mink’s on Tap

19 Jan

minks bar

There’s a new bar in town, inside Mink’s on The Park, the deli and sandwich shop located at 904 College Hill Road next door to Bikini Beer.

Open each night (except Sunday) until at least 10 p.m., often later, according to Mink’s co-owner Amy Donnelly, the bar offers many of the same craft beers you can find next door at Bikini Beer as well as six beers on tap, including Torpedo, Andygator and Magic Hat #9.

To find out more, call Mink’s at 662-259-2263.

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Restaurants Embrace Holiday Spirit

17 Oct

Getting in the Halloween spirit? So are some local eateries.

Several Oxford restaurants are teaming up with the Cedar Oaks Guild and Theatre Oxford to offer “Spirits Specials” for lunch and dinner October 22 to 26. The week-long celebration commemorates the 2012 “Spirits of Oxford,” a biennial oral history production recreating some of Oxford’s most memorable characters.

Restaurants participating in Spirits of Oxford Week include Ajax, The Beacon, City Grocery, Proud Larry’s, Snack Bar, Boure, Phillips Grocery, The Rib Cage and Two Stick.

The 2012 Spirits of Oxford production will be presented twice on Friday, October 26, at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Tickets are $10 (cash or check) and available at the following locations: City Hall at the tourism desk, Chamber of Commerce, Powerhouse, and the Convention Center. Tickets can also be purchased via credit or debit for $11 by emailing spiritsofoxford@gmail.com or by calling 662-753-1163.

Spirits of Oxford is a production of the Cedar Oaks Guild of Oxford Lafayette Historic Homes, Inc., in collaboration with Theatre Oxford. The event has been funded in part by a LOFT Grant.

For more information, contact: Dianne S. Fergusson at 662-236-4088 or sdsferg@bellsouth.net.

Free Tea Thursday!

25 Jul

McAlister’s Deli is holding its annual Free Tea Day this Thursday, July 26. Get a free 32-ounce tea just for showing up. No purchase necessary.

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Sunday Sales Anniversary

13 May

Happy Mother’s Day!

Today marks the one-year anniversary of select Sunday alcohol sales in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle recently ran an article summarizing how the Sundays have affected restaurant sales, crime and more. Check out the full article below.

Sunday Alcohol Sales Concludes First Year

BY Melanie Addington

Mother’s Day is here again, which means Oxford has reached the first anniversary of its law allowing Sunday alcohol sales on select holidays and game-day weekends.

During this first year, little has changed — except, possibly, a few more tax dollars in city coffers. While crime has not gone up, tax collections have. Sunday sales of alcohol may be one reason why the local food and beverage tax is up 14 percent this year. “We have not had any major law enforcement problems created by Sunday sales,” Oxford Police Chief Mike Martin said this week. “It seems to be a calm crowd on Sundays.”

But Alderman-at-large John Morgan said Sunday sales may be playing a part in an increase in the food and beverage tax. “I don’t know if you can attribute it to Sunday sales, but it appears that we are up 14 percent year-to-date on the food and beverage tax,” Morgan said. “That’s a significant amount, if you ask me.”

Some places on the Square will remain closed this Sunday, such as City Grocery and Ajax, while others are planning specials for Mother’s Day, such as Roosters, which will be offering $6 martinis and staying open later than usual on a Sunday. “We normally close at 3:30, but we will stay open as late as they let us,” owner Scott Michael said.

Other restaurants which typically are open without alcohol sales on Sunday like the uptick in sales. Chili’s on West Jackson Avenue has enjoyed the extra sales days and noticed a positive impact. “Absolutely, it definitely has made an impact,” manager Jennifer Smith said. “We haven’t sold as much as you might think, though. I am not sure a lot of people are aware.”

Smith said Chili’s has 2-for-1 specials every day they can sell alcohol and this Sunday is no exception. Hours for alcohol sales Sunday are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The measure allowing Sunday alcohol sales was approved in 2011 by the Oxford Board of Aldermen and then the state approved the local measure. The law allows local restaurants to serve alcohol on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and home football weekends. Valentine’s Day is also a special exception when it falls on Sundays.

Additional info from follow-up article 5/14: Mayor Pat Patterson was against the Sunday alcohol sales, and while he admits it may have increased some tax revenue, he has no intention of increasing sales to all Sundays or increasing bar hours. “The board and I agreed on a compromise and I’m not in the least bit interested in changing it,” Patterson said. “I’m not in favor of extending alcohol sales on Sunday or extending bar sales under any circumstances.”

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