It’s Oktoberfest for a good cause.

The Beer in the Gardens tasting will pour away at The Community House in Forest Hills Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $25 per person, and all the proceeds will go to a Brooklyn-based nonprofit that does anti-poverty work in rural parts of Africa and Asia.

Queens-based breweries such as Finback (Glendale), SingleCut (Astoria), Big aLICe (LIC), and Rockaway (LIC) will be on tap along with products from some Brooklyn and home-based breweries. Food, mainly pretzels and Argentine empanadas, will be available for purchase.

At least 150 suds-lovers/do-gooders are expected to attend this second annual event, and each one will receive a commemorative stein. Plus, the Beer Today, Beer Tomorrow podcast will transmit from the spot.

Parking is always a problem in Forest Hills Gardens, so attendees will get special on-street passes. Located at 15 Borage Pl., The Community House is a 90-year-old recreational facility with a large gymnasium, tea room, kitchen, swimming pool, and multi-purpose room with rental options.

The festival’s designated beneficiary, The Face To Face Project (also known as “F2F”), began as The Face-to-Face AIDS Project, a Harvard Medical School effort to document the AIDS pandemic in South Africa in 2003. Over the next four years, F2F evolved into an international charity that uses its documentary skills to report on economic, cultural, and societal realities in Malawi and Cambodia, and then build on-the-ground programs to break the cycles of poverty in local communities.

Focusing on farming, health, and youth development, F2F has created education, gardening, vocational, and employment programs in Cambodia. Meanwhile in Malawi, the agency has pioneered the Victory Garden initiative. Working closely with tribal leaders, F2F uses peer-to-peer training to teach farming and train facilitators to maintain gardens in desert-like areas where starvation is rampant. With more than 5,000 gardens in Malawi, F2F hopes to expand the concept to other African countries, including Tanzania and Mozambique.

Beer images: Finback Brewery; Garden images: F2F


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