Beers and tacos head the lineup at annual Portage benefit

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Published on September 17, 2019 with No Comments

Great Lakes Peterbilt presents a Portage Brewfest & Taco Test sponsor check to Shannon Burhans, president and CEO of Portage Township YMCA.

Presented by Great Lakes Peterbilt of the Larson Group, Portage will host its sixth annual Portage Brewfest & Taco Test. Proceeds aid two of the city’s largest non-profits, the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce and the Portage Township YMCA.

. This event is for adults 21 and older takes place at Founders’ Square Park, 6300 Founders Square, Portage, on Saturday Sept. 21. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the Brewfest & Taco Test begins at 4:00 p.m., with Too White Crew taking the stage at 7:00 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the bendfit wil be moved to the Lakefront Open Air Pavilion on Riverwalk Drive.

Last year’s addition of the Taco Test was a huge success, so much so, that reigning Taco Test champion, Mexico Lindo Bar & Grill, will return to defend its title.  The event is welcoming a few new taco vendors this year as well.

Last year, moree than 450 people attended the event, enjoying not only the brew and taco tastings, but the sounds of John “DonDo” and Chad Clifford. Also returning in 2019 is the main entertainment, Too White Crew, based out of Chicago.

“What they added to the event last year was remarkable. It was probably my favorite part of the evening because I was able to watch the happiness from our attendees as they danced to their favorite jam,” said Shannon Burhans, president and CEO of the Portage Township YMCA.

Too White Crew is atasteful tribute to the fun hip hop and party anthems of the 1980s,’ 90s, and early 2000s, featuring an all-live six-piece band, MC’s, and “Fly Girl” dancers.

Portage Brewfest & Taco Test will also be serving up seltzers, hard ciders, wine and other non-alcoholic beverages.

While the all access pass is one ticket option, patrons can also purchase Brewfest only, Taco Test only or general admission tickets through

Nancy Simpson, executive director of the Greater Portage Chamber of Commerce said, “This event has not only been a great way to highlight Portage’s Founders Square area, but it provides an opportunity for area vendors to gain some exposure. Friends, brews, tacos and tunes is the perfect way to spend a September day.”

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