roots-brews-bbq-175x300What could be better on a summer Sunday afternoon than listening to Roots music (Country, Folk, Bluegrass), sipping a local craft beer!

That’s the inspiration for Roots, Brews & BBQ being held Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the annual Iron Horse Festival.

Listen to live music, sample the latest from regional craft breweries, and enjoy some BBQ.

So, come on down to the historic rail lands of the Elgin County Railway Museum, in the heart of Downtown St. Thomas, and enjoy.

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Roots, Brews & BBQ

Advance ticket includes a BONUS souvenir glass plus one sample ticket. Please note: while tickets may be available at the gate for $5.00, they will not include the additional souvenir glass and sample included with the advance ticket. ** If you buy online, please BRING ID to the gate for you to receive your souvenir glass. **
August 21, 2016
11:00 AM
General Admission
Roots, Brews & BBQ
General Admission ($5.00)
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Come and enjoy the many different beer selections offered by a number of Ontario’s best breweries. Tickets will be sold offering you an option of a 6 oz or a 12 oz serving.


Railway City Brewing Company – St. Thomas ON

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Anderson Craft Ales – London ON






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  • 12pm – Texas King
  • 1pm – Hollow Romance
  • 2pm – Zach McCabe
  • 3pm – Last Highway
  • 4pm – The Dozens
  • 5pm – Aaron Allen


How much will the tickets cost?
You will receive a souvenir glass and a sample ticket if you purchase your tickets in advance at a cost of $5. Advance tickets will be available until Saturday August 20th at 11:00 p.m.

Tickets purchased at the gate will be $5.00 however you will not receive any additional sample tickets. All Tickets purchased will allow patrons to gain accesss to the Main Stage & Beer sampling area.

Sample Tickets are being sold at the event for $1.00 each. Sample Prices vary per item sold.

Where are Advanced Tickets available for purchase?
Advanced Tickets are available at Iron Horse Festival office, Railway City Brewing Company, and the Canada Southern Railway Station.

Are Children able to Attend?
Yes children are able to attend however they are not allowed to purchase or consume alcohol. They also must be accompanied by an adult. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available. They will also be required to purchase a ticket.

Children under the age of 2 will be admitted free of charge with an adult.

Can we leave the Festival and come back?
Yes, re-entry will be allowed. Individuals seeking re-entry will need to wear and present their day-of wristband to enter.

Will there be a free area?
The Iron Horse Festival is a free to attend event. Festival attractions include: Midway, Vendors, Kids Junction, Battle Re-enactments, live entertainment, Free Train Rides, Car Show, Railway Displays, Station Tours, and the BBQ Competition area. Adjacent attractions include the Elgin County Railway Museum which is open to the public by admission.

What happens at the BBQ competition?
A Canadian Southern Barbeque Association Championship BBQ Contest will be held Sunday afternoon and evening. Contestants will be located south of the Railway Station and the public is welcome to watch the cooks and judges and smell the aromas of championship BBQ.

Can we sample the BBQ competition food?
Yes, our People’s Choice Competition will allow you to enjoy samples from the participating BBQ Teams. We are also accepting Volunteer Applications though to become one of our many Judges that will be required to sample all of the BBQ. If interested please complete the application available on this website

Where can I get some BBQ to eat?
There will be some food vendors (including BBQ separate from the contest) and beverage vendors within the Event. Prices will vary among vendors, as each vendor will be pricing their own food. All items purchased will require Sample tickets to be purchased and redeemed at the selected Vendor.

Remember, we’re in the heart of Downtown St.Thomas, which means you can find any kind of food you could possibly want at nearby local restaurants!

Will the Event allow alcohol?
Alcohol will be served within the ticketed area, patrons will NOT be allowed to bring coolers or open containers into the Venue.

Where will the Stage be located?
The Stage will be located in the fenced in licensed section directly in the centre of the Festival.

Where should I Park?
There is plenty of Parking Spaces nearby at parking locations established for the Festival, otherwise other locations include the Horton Market, Elgin County Railway Museum. Please do not park in either Van Pelt’s Office Plus or Giant Tiger as both of these businesses will be open during the event and will require their lot for their customers.

Can I bring my Pets?
Pets are not allowed at the event. The Event is in a downtown area, with limited grassy areas. The ONLY exception is for licensed therapy dogs.

Can I bring a cooler into the Event?
Because of the large number of people expected at the Festival, coolers are NOT allowed in the Festival area. There will be ample opportunities to purchase food and drink.

Can I bring my camera into the event ground?
Personal cameras will be allowed, however professional cameras are prohibited without press credentials. Artists request that audio and videotaping not be allowed. If you are a member of the press and require press credentials, please fill out the proper form on the contact page.

Should I bring a lawn chair or blanket?
We anticipate some attendees may stand however if you wish to bring a chair or blanket with you, we ask that you do not leave them unattended when you leave the stage area.

Is there anything else I should leave at home?
Glass containers are not allowed. No drugs or alcohol.

What emergency assistance will be available on site?
Volunteer first aid treatment will be on-site for medical treatment and if emergency transportation or other assistance is required, it can be readily available.

Is there a Lost and Found section?
A lost and found area will be at the Information Booth located near the entrance of the Event.

What kind of access for visitors with disabilities be provided?
The Festival offers Barrier Free entrances plus Barrier Free washroom facilities. There will also be Barrier Free accessible parking near the Event.

Will Event merchandise be available for purchase?
At present, we do not have any Event merchandise available. If this changes, we will post on our site, otherwise most bands and some of the BBQ teams will have some items available for sale.

How can I become a sponsor or a Vendor of this event?
Please email or for more information.



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