Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest
Jul24

Release: A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne – Veg’n Brew Fest

A New Festival is Brewing in Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN, July 24, 2018 – Many people are aware of the health benefits that can result from eating a plant-based diet including the reduction of numerous health conditions including diabetes, obesity, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. It also eliminates the suffering of animals in our food system and creates a healthier environment. And, across the globe, everyone from celebrities to health professionals, and chefs are adopting a plant-based lifestyle to take advantage of these benefits. Here in Fort Wayne we’ve seen an explosion in the vegan movement as well with a number of grocery stores and restaurants now offering plant-based options including Loving Cafe, 800 Degrees Three Fires, D-lightfuls, Mitchell’s Sports Bar, Young Urban Homesteaders, Pembroke Bakery & Cafe, West Central Microcreamery, Hop River Brewing Company, and many more including two new restaurants opening soon – Bird & Clever and Taste of Lakeside. Now, a new festival, the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest, will give attendees the opportunity to explore a plant-based lifestyle and its many benefits. The Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest is a free festival open to all ages and will be held October 6, 2018 at Headwaters Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a special VIP hour from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This one-day event will feature local and regional restaurants offering vegan fares, vendors, rescue groups, a plant-based cooking demonstration, and speakers on zero-waste living. Mitchell’s Sports Bar will also be on hand serving alcohol and local breweries will be serving up their suds to the beat of some of Fort Wayne’s finest musicians. Kids are also welcome, as we’ll have fun activities for them as well, even yoga classes for fitness-minded friends. “We’re very excited to bring the Fort Wayne Veg’n Brew Fest to our community and there’s no better time than right now,” says Heather Dahman, chairman of Fort Wayne’s newest festival and founder of the Fort Wayne Vegans & Vegetarians Group. In recent years, Fort Wayne has experienced a rise in interest in health, animal welfare, and the environment. We’ve also seen a growing movement both locally and nationwide to reduce the use of plastic straws. While ditching plastic straws helps our planet, adopting a plant-based diet is one of the most powerful choices we can make to aid the Earth as animal agriculture is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. We are excited to invite the public to learn how a plant-based lifestyle can reduce their impact on the environment as well as improve their health and reduce animal suffering.” Festival-goers will have the opportunity to:...

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LFW Weekly Fun File
Oct12

LFW Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun events in Fort Wayne? Look no further! Living Fort Wayne compiles a list of events and activities happening every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. Wild Zoo Halloween Weekends through the end of October The zoo is closed for the season, but we still have a chance at some animal-surrounded fun! Dress up the kiddos and head to the zoo for one of these Halloweekends! Brightpoint Tiny House Showcase Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 Check out some neat tiny houses the weekend at this Brightpoint Event. For more information, take a look at this LFW article. Feline Fall Festival Saturday, October 14 at 10 a.m. Help build outdoor community cat shelters for your friendly neighborhood pal! Foodstock Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. Foodstock is HERE! Find all your favorite trucks in one place! Pitbull of Chili Saturday, October 14 at 12 p.m. It’s a chili cookoff to benefit pit bulls. What more could you want? Oktoberfest Saturday, October 14 at 1 p.m. This Oktoberfest event is family-friendly! Stop out for some Saturday afternoon fun! The Mersey Beatles with special guest, author Julia Baird Saturday, October 14 at 7 p.m.   The Mersey Beatles are one of the BEST Beatles cover bands. Hands down. Don’t miss the show! Handmade Homemade Sale Sunday, October 15 at 12 p.m. One-of-a-kind, locally made items for sale! Trees, Bushes, Plants and Leaves Sunday, October 15 at 1 p.m.   Hike the trails and learn something, too, this weekend at Fox Island! HOTC: POW WOW: Brittany Nicole Howard Sunday, October 15 at 4 p.m.   This is a free special effects makeup demo by a very talented artist. Bring your own makeup and a friend to practice on! They’ll be collecting donations for hurricane relief, as well. Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Get out and enjoy this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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Middle Waves Music Festival
Sep09

Middle Waves Music Festival

Fort Wayne’s very own Middle Waves Music Festival is fast approaching. With only one week away, we wanted to showcase a few things that people might not know about the brand new festival. Middle Waves takes place at Headwaters Park on Friday, September 16th and Saturday, September 17th. This all-ages festival offers so much more than music, and there is something for everyone to participate in. Check out the workshops and activities at The Village or grab a bite to eat at the food truck alley. For the final listing of local food trucks and vendors, visit the Middle Waves website on Wednesday, September 13th. If you plan to buy your ticket at the door, expect to wait in line. The anticipation of this event is high, and it’s bound to be packed with other festival goers who still need tickets. If you want to hit the festival running full force, then buy your tickets early. Single day passes and two day ticket passes are available for purchase on the website here. These passes give you access to the Main Stage where headliners Best Coast and The Flaming Lips are set to perform. The two additional stages do not require a ticket or wristband, so feel free to enjoy the great musical acts there. Because Middle Waves is an all-ages festival, children age 12 and under are admitted free with an adult ticket purchase. For the festival map and band schedule, check out the Middle Waves Festival Guide here. Middle Waves Music Festival is a non-profit organization and wouldn’t be possible without its volunteers. Many volunteer opportunities are still available and come with some great perks like free or discounted tickets. Pick your volunteer position and sign-up here. Fort Wayne, let’s make the inaugural Middle Waves Music Festival a resounding...

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LFW — Weekly Fun File
Jun23

LFW — Weekly Fun File

Looking for fun things to do in Fort Wayne? Look no further! LFW compiles a list of ongoings and events that we’re excited about every week! This is by no means an exhaustive list, and if you don’t quite see what you’re looking for, check out our events calendar. If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekly Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com or you can go ahead and submit your event to our calendar! Click on the event for more information about times, locations, cost, etc. 1. Greekfest Thursday, June 23 through Sat, June 25 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, June 26 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   It’s the 36th Greek Festival! There’s Greek cuisine and entertainment including live music and dancing. It’s fun for everyone!   2. Sweets So Geek Free Outdoor Movie Friday, June 24 at 8 p.m. This night’s feature is “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!” There will be a costume contest, pizza and prizes! The kiddos (and adults, too) can talk to an actual archeologist and this month’s charity is Salvation Army. 3. BuskerFest Saturday, June 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.     I love BuskerFest. Street performers are so fun! 4. ARCH’s North Anthony Historic Home and Garden Tour Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Explore the beautiful historic homes on Kensington and North Anthony Boulevards. This tour will have 13 stops. I absolutely adore this part of Fort Wayne, it really is unique, be sure to check it out if you can! 5. Covington Art Fair Saturday, June 25 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 26 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s Northeast Indiana’s largest art fair! Go see what it’s all about! 6. Living Fort Wayne Film Series Saturday, June 25 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Need something amazing to do after BuskerFest? Join us for our film series! We’re watching “A League of their Own.” There will be food available to purchase and the film is free, just bring your own seat. 7. The Voices of Unity Youth Choir 2016 European Tour Send-Off Concert Saturday, June 25 at 6 p.m.   Support the talented kiddos going to Europe! The donation concert is $5 for a great cause. 8. Fort Wayne Adventure Games Saturday, June 25 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. It’s a city-wide bike race with checkpoints and obstacles. What?! So fun! 9. Trubble Brewing Grand Re-Openeing: Beer and Band Bash Saturday, June 25 from 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. Trubble is celebrating the (long awaited) launch of their beer! Food, fun and local brew! 10. Help Make Hope Workshop Sunday, June 26 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.    ...

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Hobnobben Film Festival Review
Jun21

Hobnobben Film Festival Review

After 13 movies and a handful of other events, my time at the inaugural Hobnobben Film Festival came to a close Sunday evening. It was a long, full weekend made enjoyable by a bustling and energetic community of film lovers coming together to champion a shared passion for the movies. Cinema Center Executive Director Jonah Crismore noted “how far along we’ve come” on opening night. I couldn’t agree more. Independent theaters across the country are on a steep decline, but if you managed to make it out to Hobnobben this past weekend, you’d see that’s not the case in Fort Wayne. Before Thursday night’s showing, Bill Brown, President of the Downtown Improvement District, addressed the sold-out crowd. Brown talked about Cinema Center’s role in the resurgence of the area, as well as the importance of continued support for the city’s only locally run movie house. On his involvement with Hobnobben Brown said, “[Crismore] had me with Film Festival,” followed by the applause of everyone in the theater. You could hear and feel the outpouring of support. As is the case for any inaugural event, Hobnobben had a few minor hiccups that were swiftly and carefully fixed along the way. The voting process was incredibly awkward for passholders like myself during the first two days. Rather than cast a silent ballot, I was asked if I’d like to vote for each film upon exiting. Saying “no thanks” or “yes please” felt out-of-place. My biggest issue came down to the steep $200 price tag for festival passes (which granted access to any and all events). General admission tickets were $10 and the awards ceremony was $15. I saw as many films as time afforded me, but when you do the math, I basically paid an extra $55 to get into movies 20 minutes early even though that never mattered. Had I attended the most events possible over the course of the four days, the numbers still don’t add up. I was happy to pay though, especially considering the surprising quality of movies the Cinema Center was able to schedule through partnerships and outside sponsors. Crismore mentioned that he and his staff had traveled to other established festivals across the country to help build Hobnobben, particularly drawing inspiration from Michigan’s Traverse City Film Festival. What I think worked best about Fort Wayne’s first film festival is that it urged moviegoers to stay downtown and walk around. You could swing by the block party and try Mad Anthony Brewing’s very own Hobnobben Shandy (a welcome cool down in the weekend’s blistering heat). Friday night found moviegoers pulling up chairs at the Arts United Plaza for a free outdoor screening...

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