The second annual Fresh Fest returned to the Northside for an all-day event on Saturday, Aug. 10 at Nova Place.

Story and photos by Ashlee Green

Fresh Fest, which originated last year, is the nation’s first Black brew festival. It was founded by Mike Potter, creator and editor-in-chief of Black Brew Culture, an online platform about Black-owned breweries and craft-beer culture and Day Bracey and Ed Bailey, comedians and creators of Drinking Partners podcast. The event brought together Black brewers, artists, and entrepreneurs to enjoy live music, merchandise, food trucks, and beer.

Lindsay Powell, assistant chief of staff to Mayor Peduto, presented Potter, Bracey, and Bailey with a proclamation from the City of Pittsburgh, declaring Aug. 10 as “Fresh Fest Day 2019.”

Marita Garrett, mayor of Wilkinsburg, was in attendance both years and said she’s already noticed a big difference between the first and second occurrence of Fresh Fest.

“Last year we were just outside, great vibe, great energy. This year, I’m like, ‘Where do I check in?’ It’s overwhelming in a good way. People are really coming out for the culture,” said Garrett.

“It’s not that they’re leaving anyone out, but they’re including everyone,” said Garrett.

“Everyone is here. Everyone is represented. You’re seeing black businesses and black breweries highlighted here.”


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