When Savannah's newest local food and drink series was announced, it may have been a bit surprising to see that Skidaway Island State Park was behind the idea.
While the park is known for its stunning views and educational programs, it's also ready to be known as a great place to go for delicious local food and craft brews.
Laura Seifert, marketing coordinator for Skidaway Island State Park, said she came up with the idea for the Brews & Bites series while trying to add new events to the park's regular programming. The event also serves as a fundraiser for the park.
"We were looking for something different ... something more relaxed, but still having an educational program," Seifert said.
The first event of the series will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 10 at the park, featuring Coastal Empire Beer Company and Thrive CafÃ©.
"We want to bring out people from the farmers markets, local scientists, health experts ... to talk about healthy food and the environment, as well," Seifert said. "We want to help educate people on preserving our oceans and our environment and support local food, as well."
So, what can guests expect to do at these events?
"We'll have a little expo essentially - I know that sounds formal, but it isn't," she said. "They can come and do the beer tasting, enjoy small plates and talk to the local brewers and chefs involved.
"Thrive CafÃ© will be at our first event and Chef Wendy is very involved in healthy food. They are very eco-friendly - the only green certified restaurant in Savannah."
Seifert added that the event will also give guests a chance to explore the park.
"Our interpretive center will also be open, where guests can view the displays on natural preservation at the park. We also have reptiles to view," she said. "People can come and go at their leisure. It's a very casual event; kind of like a picnic vibe to it."
Tickets can be purchased through the park's website, and Seifert said they are also looking for sponsors.
"People can sign up to be sponsors through the website, as well," she said.