Boiling Pot Fest puts obvious effort into not only providing an environment of fun, but also into sustaining the environment. While there were garbage cans available for collecting what could not be recycled or composted, there were also bins for items that could be. Surprisingly, the plastic cups in which all of the beer was served were biodegradable and therefore able to be composted. (Ironically, there were volunteers guarding the cans, warning that the paper cup that I was attempting to recycle had to be put in the trash because there was wax on it!) There were also different areas set up around the festival which aimed to inform the festival goers about the need for recycling. There was even a play area for children to play sustainability themed games.
Other interesting elements present at Boiling Pot Fest were the various groups and activities present. There was a group of bicycle aficionados who were offering their services, giving free tune-ups to the bikes of festival goers. There was a basketball court set up that hosted two 3-point shooting competitions daily. There was a large canvas serving as a collaborative art piece, allowing each person in attendance the opportunity to leave their mark if they felt so inclined. There were even outdoor bowling lanes!
However, a music festival is nothing without music and, perhaps more importantly, beer! Luckily, Boiling Pot Fest delivered on both counts. A diverse assortment of musical acts played on the two stages set up on the Arcadia Creek Festival grounds. The dual stages worked nicely as bands alternated between the two, allowing for music to play almost continuously, minimizing setup time between bands. Bands ranged from local to nationally known bands, from punk to indie and hip hop.
The alcohol was nearly as diverse as the bands, ranging from the big boys (Miller Lite, Guiness, Samuel Adams) to a number of West Michigan brews, such as Founders, New Holland, Arbor Brewing Co., and others. Besides beer, wine was also present, as was a variety of yummy warm beverages from Kalamazoo Coffee Co., (Pumpkin Spice coffee and vegan hot cocoa were particularly delicious on a 50 degree evening!)
While the crowd wasn’t particularly large on Saturday, everyone was in good spirits and seemed to enjoy the beautiful fall weather and the various activities that Boiling Pot offered. Set in downtown Kalamazoo, Boiling Pot Fest truly brought out the best elements of community. Featured prominently at Boiling Pot was a diverse group of people all enjoying a pleasant October evening, good beer, great music, all in a family friendly and environmentally sustainable environment. ~Chad Cramblet, Regional Director