Afternoon of beer tasting and live music at Valley Fest - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Afternoon of beer tasting and live music at Valley Fest

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Thousands are making their way to Springfield for the first ever Valley Fest.

50 local, regional, and national beer brewers are at Court Square.

It's the largest one-day beer festival in Western Mass.

MGM Springfield is spearheading the event. President Michael Mathis says he's happy to sponsor events like this one, hoping to change the negativity that often surrounds the city. 

"It's wonderful. What a great town. What a wonderful festival. The sun is shining," said Marc Stroobandt, Master Beer Sommelier. "This is about being together. Beer and food brings people together. All the way from Belgium, all the way to here in Springfield."

Valley Fest is open until 10 p.m. Saturday night. Tickets are available at the door. 

A portion of the proceeds will support several local charities.

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