Denham Springs — Beer enthusiasts are working to start a new annual tradition to celebrate local craft breweries.
The Denham Springs City Council last week approved plans and road closures for the Brew Block Party on Mattie Street between 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. May 20.
Organizers plan to sell $30 tickets, which will include a souvenir tasting glass and samples of eight to 10 beers, said Amber Dugas and Jessica Oliver, of Denham Springs Main Street. Sober attendees can try food and nonalcoholic drinks for $15.
Denham Springs Main Street is looking to local restaurants and food trucks to provide dinner. The group also is working with the parish tourism office to find live musical entertainment.
Event planners said last week they weren’t sure exactly who would be participating in the Block Party because brewers and others were waiting to make sure the city would approve the event.
Dugas and Oliver said the event would allow visitors to view the shops and art in the city’s antique district and would resemble the annual chef’s evening. Both said they hoped the new party would become a yearly tradition as well.
The most recent City Council meeting would have fallen on Mardi Gras and had to be pushed back. But the early-Lent proceedings still had a festive tone as council members gave the thumbs-up to liquor, gambling and parties.
In addition to the craft brewery celebration, the council approved road closures for the annual Spring Antiques and Crafts festival on April 29 and 30. Multiple roads downtown will be closed to traffic to make room for vendors and carnival rides.
They granted an alcohol license to P-Beau’s Quality Food & Drink on Bass Pro Boulevard.
The council also granted a charitable gaming license to The Competitive Boundary so the group may collect funds through bingo. Elton Corley told the council that the organization raises money for youth sports, particularly for poor and mentally challenged children. They plan to use their gaming license for events at Bingo City on Florida Boulevard.
Mayor Gerard Landry said the city has 13 groups with such a license.