As you may or may not have noticed via the comments on my original post announcing the Long Island Beer Festival, it did not go well.
Not well at all. It was tremendously oversold, lots of people were turned away at the door and apparently even if you got in, the food was gone almost immediately and it was too backed to move. Then, to top it all off, I've heard that the fire department shut down the event.
I've sent several emails to the organizers, Shoreline Beverage, trying to get an official statement and asking how I can direct people about getting refunds. As soon as I hear anything, I'll pass it along.
It's really a shame. There were some great breweries in attendance and it was for a great cause. I guess they just got in over their head in terms of planning an event of this size. There's really no excuse for turning people away at the door who have bought tickets way in advance.
Hopefully next year, if they do it again, they'll either sell far fewer tickets or find a bigger venue.