Food was not an emphasis at this year’s festival. Plenty of nearby restaurants were happy to provide fest-goers with ample food including McFaddens and of course Hopcat and Stella’s. If just wanting a quick bite, Stoner Taco had set up a booth and was happy to provide their psychedelic take on traditional Mexican fare. My friends and I opted for Hopcat, which we found to be busy but accommodating with only a short wait for a table.
Hoptoberfest really upped the ante with this year’s music lineup. Last year featured mostly local blues bands but this year’s lineup included Funktion, Sophistafunk, Fishbone, and Dumpstaphunk. Notice a common theme? Yes, they funked it up big time this year including local musicians as well as some major touring artists. Headliner Dumpstaphunk featured Ivan Neville, son of Aaron Neville and nephew to the Neville Brothers.
Last year with fewer breweries participating, Hopcat still found themselves with plenty of extra beer on their hands. (Planning a beer festival involves making sure that there is always more than enough beer. Running completely out of beer would certainly not look good to festival attendees!) This year, they decided to take advantage of that “problem” by hosting the world’s biggest beer brunch. The first 2000 ticket-holding attendees to show up the next morning were treated to more music, free breakfast, and a rotating tap lineup of 16 beers while supplies last.