HACKFEST SOCIAL – King St. Ale House
Eat, drink, and mingle with fellow conference delegates at the King St. Ale House in the heart of downtown Fredericton. Relax in the warm, welcoming atmosphere of this upscale pub and enjoy our complimentary appetizers to whet your appetite as you wet your whistle. We’ve booked the back room for the night so you’ll have loads of time to talk while indulging in a delicious charbroiled, in-house smoked, seafood, or vegetarian meal. Choose from a wide selection of domestic and imported beer, including lots of local craft breweries such as Picaroons. You don’t need to be Simeon Jones or sit in the Dooryard yelling Yippee IPA waiting for a Dark and Stormy Night before you sample Best Bitter or perhaps Ember Ale, a smoked porter brewed exclusively for the King St. Ale House. Whether you come to think of yourself as Plaid to the Bone, Man’s Best Friend, or a Melon Head, you’ll be shouting Timber Hog and doing the Monster Mash in no time. Welcome to Fredericton.
RECEPTION – Beaverbrook Art Gallery
After the first full day of scintillating sessions, prepare to savour conversation and canapés along with the swish and sizzle of the Garry Hansen Jazz Quartet in Fredericton’s newly renovated Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Wander through the galleries at your own pace or join a complimentary guided tour to appreciate the works of art displayed in the eclectic permanent collection and the special exhibitions, including Return of the Image and Modernism at Mid Century.
After the second day of brilliant dialogue, taste what Fredericton has to offer— whether your palate calls for a red dragon roll, blackened cajun tofu, Massaman curry, charbroiled steak, hickory & applewood smoked beef short ribs, mushroom ravioli with truffle cream sauce, a vegan Caesar, or a falafel panini and date bliss ball, we’ve got a table waiting for you and your (taste)buds.
Sign up at the registration desk for one of the reserved tables or explore on your own!
For those with energy and brain power left to spare, choose from a variety of activities happening in bustling Fredericopolis. Form a team of up to 6 trivial minds to set off in pursuit of the holy gr-ale (free pitcher of beer and trivia night bragging rights). Bring on the funny at the open mic comedy night. Unplug and get your game on at Fredrock’s first board games cafe with over 500 games for you to play. Escape to the NO ESCAPE escape room. Enough talking already? Just chill and check out the live band or get your groove on.
If the slow lane is more your speed, take a walk along the river, browse around a bookstore, indulge in a latte and vanilla bean creme brulee, linger in a wine bar, or settle back in a local pub.
All within walking distance of the Crowne Plaza.