‘Choctoberfest’ chocolate and beer event set for Oct. 22

What do you get when you combine local craft beer, bean-to-bar chocolate, and raising money for a organization that helps new babies and their families in intensive care in the hospital? We’re not sure, but we’ll all find out together Oct. 22.

That’s when the Jackson L. Graves Foundation will host their first ever “Choctoberfest” event at Hello Cocoa in West Fayetteville.

The event will include live music, local craft beer from Apple Blossom Brewing Co. and New Province Brewing Co., kombucha from Great Ferments and JR’s Kombutcha, food from Ozark Natural Foods, and of course, plenty of chocolate to sample from Hello Cocoa.

The fun begins at 3 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

Tickets are $35 in advance, and $45 at the door, and all of the proceeds benefit the Jackson L. Graves foundation.

For those who aren’t familiar, the Jackson L. Graves Foundation was established by James and Angie Graves in memory of their son, Jackson Lee Graves.

The organization is dedicated to improving care for infants who are the very sickest babies in need of complex medical attention. Projects they’ve funded in the past include a noise monitoring system for the babies to have a quieter space to heal at Willow Creek, milk labs and lactation support materials for mothers at Washington Regional, and immediate personal needs of families at Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

To purchase tickets for Choctoberfest, or for more information about the Jackson L. Graves foundation, visit jacksongraves.org.