Downtown Community Gardens Welcome All For “Garden on Tap” Event

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Chef Paul photo by Ryan Smolar

Downtown community gardens will be opening their doors to all on April 27th for a fun-filled afternoon of handcrafted beer, artisanal food and music at the upcoming “Garden on Tap” event.

The event will feature handcrafted beer tastings from The Factory Gastrobar, a restaurant well known for its promotion of urban gardening and local food movement in Long Beach.

“Garden on Tap” is a freshly harvested new event in Long Beach that celebrates our Earth and the local folks who are growing and crafting amazing products from the land.

Gardening is no longer just for the family with acres of land available to plant. Urban gardening has found its way into empty lots between buildings, in the schools and on top of high-rise apartments. The Factory Gastrobar even uses it’s expansive window ledge to grow herbs for the restaurant and works with a variety of urban farms and local suppliers to source ingredients for its menu.

Besides chefs, brewers are another profession who are tapping into fresh and local ingredients and lovingly incorporating these ingredients into their craft.

Hangar 24 Brewing in Redlands has their Local Fields Series, brewing with some of the very crops you have to drive through to get to the brewery like navel oranges, blood oranges and grapefruit.

Rogue Brewing in Oregon for years have partnered with local farms growing their own hops, malting barley, rye, pumpkins, honey and other ingredients they use for their beers.

Alamanac Beer Company has cleverly coined such terms as “Farm to Barrel” and “Beer is Agriculture” said Natalie Gutenkauf of the Factory Gastrobar. The Factory uses Farm Lot 59, Spring Street Farm and SoCal Harvest as well as several of the local farmers markets around town. We also grow our own produce and herbs.

A few doors down, Foodscape LB’s Chestnut Lot at 727 Chestnut Avenue will be firing up a wood fire oven with the help of Primal Alchemy, a hyper-local catering company who source and support Long Beach and regional farms.

“Every bite will taste deliciously of the garden and locally produced ingredients,” said Chef Paul Buchanan of Primal Alchemy who’s team will roast artisanal wood-fired pizzas with garden-sourced toppings.

In addition, Primal Alchemy, Buchanan’s catering company that is well known for sourcing Long Beach grown food will be providing a garden-fresh salad and dessert from Long Beach-grown produce for those wanting more than beer and pizza.

The “Garden on Tap” event has been organized by Renzo Santillan, a CSULB Student majoring in event planning, created the event as a fundraiser for Long Beach Organic and Foodscape LB.

Organization Details

Long Beach Organic provides organic gardens for the residents of our community to enjoy the pleasure of producing their own organic food.

Foodscape LB builds and maintains sustainable food production systems on underused land, teach agricultural literacy, and facilitate access to food and other resources.

The “Garden on Tap” event is Sunday, April 27th, 12-4pm at
7th & Chestnut Community Garden, 348 W. 7th St.,
Foodscape LB’s Chestnut Lot,., 727 Chestnut Ave

Tickets available at

General Admission $20 donation
(includes wood fired pizza and craft beer tastings)

VIP Tickets $45 donation
(includes garden-sourced artisanal salad, and artisanal mason jar dessert plus a ‘thank you’)

Ages 21 and over only!

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