Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital of the World, is one of the best destinations in the US to plan an escape. Travelers can take a trip around the world without ever leaving the city by visiting unique representations of Paris, Rome, and Egypt. The city is designed to have something for everyone from an impressive selection of resorts and casinos to trendsetting stage shows.
Big Dog’s Winterfest is one of Nevada’s top craft beer events. The festival is entering its sixth year and event planners expect at least 1,000 people in attendance. The Big Dog Draft House hosts the festival in the Northwest section of Las Vegas. Patrons will get to sample over 44 different beers from across the country and some hard to find beers from Las Vegas breweries. Winterfest will feature plenty of indoor and outdoor activities including yard games, raffles, live music, dancing, and more. Event organizers have also partnered with the Southern Nevada Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and $1 from every ticket package sold goes to the charity. We got the opportunity to interview Ceci Moggia, Marketing Specialist for Big Dog's Corporate Office, to talk about this winter event.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
CM: Big Dog's Winterfest has been running almost seven years.
RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?
CM: We anticipate seeing between 1,000 and 1,500 people in attendance.
RAL: What is the typical demographic makeup of the event?
CM: Attendees are usually an even mix of men and women who are between 25 and 65 years old.
RAL: What makes this event unique?
CM: We have over 45 craft beers from all over the US, including a selection of rare and unique local beers.
RAL: What activities will patrons encounter?
CM: Here is a list:
Games inside the restaurant including shuffleboard, beer ball, Galaga, Pac-man, and slot machine gambling.
RAL: Will there be any dining options?
CM: Yes, there is a restaurant located inside the brew house with full menu and attendees will find limited festival food items outside.
RAL: What can an attendee expect to find for local lodging?
CM: There are several hotels and casinos in the area including the Sante Fe Station Hotel and Casino, which is a few blocks away.
RAL: What does this event mean to the community?
CM: We partner with several local charities for every event and also throughout the year.
RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?
CM: Yes, while we primarily attract an audience of locals, more and more out of state visitors include our fest on their Las Vegas itinerary.
RAL: Does the event support a special cause in the community?
CM: Yes, we pick a featured charity each festival. The charity will receive $1 for each package purchase plus they get to be a part of our Three Cheers for Charity program for that month.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
CM: Craft beer is an ever-growing movement that people are excited to get involved with. Our four annual festivals provide a unique and laid back way for craft beer fans, newbies and aficionados, to taste a wide variety of beer styles. We even pair the beers with delicious food choices that highlight the season.
For more information about the Big Dog’s Winterfest, please visit their website.