For Immediate Release:
June 19, 2019
Contact: Nils Weldy
Festival Director, QCBF
Regional Director, ACEing Autism
Charlotte, NC – The Park Expo and Conference Center has been announced as host venue of the 2020 Queen City Brewers Festival (QCBF) taking place Saturday, Feb. 1. The multi-purpose exhibit hall and conference center, located less than 5 miles east of Uptown, neighbors Bojangles’ Coliseum, which was home to QCBF 2015. The festival, presented by restaurant design and supply company Deacon Foodservice Solutions, spotlights Charlotte-area breweries, local vendors and the businesses that support the Charlotte brewery industry. Event proceeds benefit ACEing Autism, enabling families affected by autism in the Charlotte community to have access to specialized tennis programs designed to improve social skills, hand-eye coordination and physical fitness of participants ages 5-18 years old. Tickets go on sale Friday, Nov. 29th at 9 a.m.
“The Park Expo provides a canvas unlike any previous venue we’ve worked with over the event’s 8-year history,” said Nils Weldy, organizer of QCBF, Executive Director of the Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance (CIBA) and Regional Director for ACEing Autism’s North Carolina programs. “Next year’s QCBF will offer guests more interactive entertainment attractions, a variety of food and the chance to sample craft beer from breweries located exclusively within the Charlotte-area – all included with admission and under one roof.” He continued, “Charlotte’s breweries and cideries have always placed an emphasis on putting the community first. I’m grateful for the tremendous response QCBF has received over the years, the impact it’s made to ACEing Autism, and of course, that tickets have sold out every year.”
Festival-goers and participants alike can expect intimate sampling in roomier surroundings inside The Park’s Liberty Hall. Guests select between one of two tasting sessions – 12-3:30 p.m. or 5-8:30 p.m. – which is 30 minutes longer than previous years given the steady growth of participating brewery and cidery establishments, vendors, exhibitors and activity areas including a mini tennis court.
About ACEing Autism:
ACEing Autism was founded in Boston in 2008 by Richard Spurling, a tennis professional with an MBA in entrepreneurship, and Dr. Shafali Jeste, a pediatric neurologist practicing at Children’s Hospital Boston at the time. They saw an opportunity to help address the lack of quality recreational programs available to children on the autism spectrum by combining their professional expertise and personal commitment. Today, ACEing Autism serves more than 1,300 children with autism on a weekly basis behind a force of over 2,400 volunteers across 70 locations nationwide. For more information, please visit: aceingautism.org
About the Park Expo:
The Park Expo and Conference Center, located less than 5 miles from Uptown Charlotte at 800 Briar Creek Rd, Charlotte, 28205, is home to such signature events as the Southern Christmas Show, Southern Spring Home and Garden Show and the Annual Business Showcase. In addition to the 224,000 square feet of open exhibition space, The Park Expo and Conference Center boasts 160,000 square feet of permanent office and showroom space as well as conference and meeting room space with a centrally located 300 seat café. Located off Independence Blvd/74E and Briar Creek Rd, the facility specializes in small, medium and large conference and meeting space requests. For more information, please visit theparkexponc.com.