February 24, 2013

Chocolate & Beer Festival ~ 2013

 
             photo by Styrous®

On Saturday February 16, 2013, I had an interesting assignment; I photographed the 4th Annual Chocolate and Beer Festival at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. 

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 Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant, 
1414-1422 Harbour Way South, 
Richmond, California, USA. 
Photographed 2008-10-04 from Point Richmond
photo by Sanfranman59


The Pavilion was originally the Ford Assembly Plant which was opened in 1931; it was the largest on the West Coast. In 1934 it produced 56,016 cars with 2,500 men on the payroll. The building was designed by industrial architect, Albert Kahn. During the Second World War, it was converted to wartime production.

Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant
Richmond, California
Aerial view circa 1946
photographer unknown


It is an amazing structure to see on the inside.

Craneway Pavilion
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I was greeted at the entrance by Willie Wonka, right
and Chloe Tietjen, left, organizers of the event.
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The pavilion is a beautiful study of symmetry in steel with the support struts and the catwalks crossing the space.

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Chole showed me how to get up to the catwalks above the crowd so I could get an overall look at the pavilion . . . 

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. . . and get some great shots. The view from the catwalk is impressive. The pavilion measures nearly 500,000 square feet (46,450 m²).

looking down the hall from the catwalk facing north
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looking down the hall from the catwalk facing south
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looking down at a vendor table from the catwalk
(that was kind of scary) 
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Matthew Lopez and Katie
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The event featured dozens of manufacturers of chocolate with samples of it in every form possible, in chunks, on popcorn, on cup cakes, as liquid, etc.  


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There were seminar/talks about chocolate; how certain chocolates go with certain beer. It was similar to a wine and cheese pairing I'd been to; not as formal, however.  As they talked about these things, they handed out samples.

this was a seminar on beer and jelly beans 
by Cicerone (means a beer sommelier)
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audience watching the seminars
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Oh, and yes, they sold chocolate as well.

Cocotutti
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Food was provided by Assemble.
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Items were raffled to benefit the
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Music was provided by The Eli Carlton-Pearson Trio.
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A couple of the band members on their break, 
 that's Eli on the left.
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There were things for kids to do . . .

they could jump around in an inflatable castle
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the kids could make art at a drawing/coloring tale
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there was face painting . . .
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. . . and it wasn't just the kids that got in on the action . . .
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photos by Styrous®

There was entertainment for the adults as well. The Bay Area Derby Girls were in attendance promoting roller derby that is held in the pavilion. I had no idea that was there; I haven't seen a roller derby in decades. There is a bout scheduled for March 2, next month. There was also a "Beer Pong" table that got a very heavy workout the whole afternoon.

left: Bay Area Derby Girls                      right: Beer Pong table
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Beer Pong VICTORY!
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and, of course, there was beer


Drake's Brewery
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left: Bridgeport beer                      right: Lost Coast Brewery
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Lost Coast Brewery labels from
Humbolt County
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Hop Czar
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Great White
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Tangerine
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The views from the pavilion are beautiful . . .

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people could go out onto the dock . . .
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 . . . to look at the view from the dock in front of the pavilion
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photo by Styrous®


It is a beautiful building that works well with the sunlight, coming through the plentiful windows, that plays across it at different times of the day.

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when all is said and done, it was a fun event
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This blog entry was inspired by an email from Lisa; so I dedicate this blog to her, she has been an inspiration and support for me for many years.

To Lisa.


Styrous ~ February 24, 2013
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