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Lesley Haenny is the Seattle Editor for Miss A. She is an Air Force wife now living in the Seattle area. Prior to living in Seattle, Lesley spent 7 years in Washington, DC, working as a Congressional liaison. She grew up in a small, mountain town in Southern California, sandwiched between an older sister and a younger brother. Her two hard working parents taught her to always go for the clearance rack, bring your lunch everyday, work hard for what you have, and always take the opportunity to travel and play outside. Lesley has been actively involved in various charities such as the Animal Resource Foundation, Komen For the Cure, Prevent Cancer Foundation, American Diabetes Association and the Race for Hope (benefitting the National Brain Tumor Society and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure).

Recap: LivingSocial’s Craft Beer And Food Truck Festival In Seattle

A few weeks ago, I came across a sponsored Facebook post from Seattle’s LivingSocial and The World Is Fun for a Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

As a lover of brew concoctions and tasty food in general, I was sold. For $30, we would be able to sample 10 different beers from a variety of local breweries and fill our stomachs with food truck goodness, all while listening to some great live music. On Saturday, September 7, my friend Jenn and I made our way to Seattle Center, and with the iconic Space Needle watching over us, we began our evening.

Over 80 different beers and four food trucks awaited us. Everything looked and smelled delicious, but we decided to have quesadillas from a taco truck. I had a vegetable quesadilla and Jenn ordered a chorizo quesadilla. We both agreed that it was one of the best quesadillas either of us had eaten in a long time!

After chowing down and cheering on fellow festival-goers playing corn hole and giant beer pong, we decided to put our beer sample cups to good use. While we were disappointed with some of the beers we tried, the ones that made the top of our list included 10 Barrel Brewing Company’s Swill and Elysian Brewery’s Cascadian Dark Ale. Swill almost tasted sour, but we later learned it was the grapefruit that gave it the unique taste. We loved it so much, we “sampled” it about three more times. Elysian’s Cascadian Dark Ale was not the color I thought it would be, but the taste was beyond amazing. The perfect beer for fall, it was almost comforting to drink it, reminding me of pumpkins and Thanksgiving.

(Photo Credit: Jenn Watson)

(Photo Credit: Jenn Watson)

While sipping our drinks, Kitt Bender was first on stage. Flying solo, he belted out his songs with his soulful voice that just made me smile. He is definitely an artist I would love to see again. As the skies darkened, Robert Jon and The Wreck took the stage. The Southern California natives rocked the stage with some fun head-banging, fist pumping tunes. The best part was watching them onstage, you knew they were having a good time.

Overall, Jenn and I had a great time, and we look forward to the next Living Social and The World is Fun event!

The World is Fun, or TWIF’s, mission is to be the catalyst to connect volunteers, corporations and charities in need by doing things a little differently. TWIF has three core programs that they are introducing to Seattle: Community Core, Corporate Core and Critical Core.

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

(Photo Credit: Lesley Haenny)

For the community, TWIF works within the Seattle community to create volunteer cores tailored to specific interests and demographic ranges and invites an underrepresented and younger demographic to the volunteer pool. For the corporate core, TWIF introduces Seattle small business owners to local nonprofits in need by facilitating the creation and/or maximization of charitable giving programs that benefit the charity and business alike. TWIF’s critical core cultivates Seattle’s most dedicated group of volunteers and seeding Seattle’s most socially responsible businesses with the charitable giving bug with the goal of creating a community with the resources to fill the urgent needs of nonprofits.

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