So many beers, so much food.
The pre-summer festival that enlivened the lawn of the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday required efficiency, focus and appreciation of some of the best things in life.
Sixty microbreweries and 20 purveyors of fine edibles served up tastes at Beerfest, a benefit for the Santa Rosa-based Face to Face/ Sonoma County AIDS Network.
Many of the participating breweries poured more than one beer, so there was a tempting array from which to choose. Within the appetizing selection of foods offered by vendors both on the lawn and inside a tent were barbecued delectables, jerkies, cheeses, pickles and pretzels.
From a stage in the heart of Beerfest, the band Rovetti and Meatballs provided a foot-tapping soundtrack to the taste-a-thon. The band boosted the efforts by Face to Face, which opened in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in 1983, by donating its performance.
The services supported by Beerfest include the free, anonymous and confidential HIV testing that’s performed Tuesday through Friday at the Face to Face offices on Santa Rosa’s Second Street.
Over its 31 years, Face to Face has adjusted to meet the challenges posed to the region by the epidemic. Proceeds from Beerfest will help it to pursue its ultimate goal: to end HIV in Sonoma County.