Smackfest Events Has Another Smash Hit With Change To Seaside Lagoon
It was Smackfest with beers and bands, a fun party with a lively crowd that was just what the South Bay needed with summertime just over the horizon: a bottomless booze blowout.
The 3rd annual Smackfest Events Beach Cities Beer & Wine Festival in Redondo Beach was a smashing success, a spirited event with dozens of craft brews, wines and spirits and local bands Angry Donkey and Barley (as well as a slightly inebriated Nick, one of the event organizers who occasionally hopped on stage) encouraging the 600 or so souls to enjoy the event to its fullest.
Which we all did, of course.
The last-minute change from Bay Club to Seaside Lagoon proved to be a good one; there was more space, beers (and wine) were being poured on a beach and there was a pleasant ocean breeze blowing in off the Pacific.
Held on Saturday, May 12, it was a little reminiscent of the good ‘ol days of the Hometown Fair beer garden in Manhattan Beach in that it brought out several long-time locals (“hey, my wife is out of town” one said), the regular party crowed as well as some newcomers. You hardly could have picked a better crowd than if you had gone through the Beach Cities hand hand-picked them yourself.
The four-hour event seemed to last forever, almost as if time were standing still. That enabled plenty of time for to hit all the tents if you so desired, to hear both bands and to pretty much talk to everyone else at the event.
Everyone got their $45 worth and then some, and just from the beers, wines and spirits but the music and the mingling. In fact, it was a mecca of mingling, a perfect situation for South Bay’s singles (as well as a husband or two on “leave” from the wife).
It was one fun time, something that made the South Bay sizzle on what otherwise would have been an uneventful Saturday in the middle of May.