Fizz Fest leaves downtown Fort Wayne buzzing

Roger Grabner, owner of SummitCitySoda.com, right, looks over the replenished stock for Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Empty pop cartons sit on a table at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
An attendee of the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center gets a sample of one of the many craft sodas available. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The Wicket Apple Brew is gone at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
These little piggies went to the races, one of the many carnival-style games at the at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A girl tries to set up a bottle using a ring attached to a fishing pole at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Asylum Zombie Sodas, including Orange Cream, left, and Strawberry, are served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
The take-home pop table is getting depleted half-way through the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A server pours a sample of Route 66 pop at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Michael Shively pours out a sample of Green River at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Gooey Butter Cake Soda is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Frosty's Concord Grape Soda is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Faygo Original Red Pop strawberry-flavored pop is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Dang! Root Beer is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Chicago Ginger Beer is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
O-So Butterscotch Root Beer is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
A server pours out a sample of Chicago Orange Cream at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer is served at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
An attendee of the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center gets a sample of a grape soda. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
No more Hollywood's Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop is left at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
Empty cartons fill a table at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)
An attendee of the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 - Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival on Saturday at USF Performing Arts Center tries a sample of one of the root beer craft sodas available. (Photo by Lisa M. Esquivel Long of News-Sentinel.com)

Downtown Fort Wayne was in a sugar buzz Saturday at the inaugural Fizz Fest 2018 – Summit City Craft Soda Festival & Winter Carnival at USF Performing Arts Center.

The festival drew those interested in trying some of the many glass-bottled, cane sugar-sweetened craft sodas available for tasting with names such as Werewolf Howling Ginger Beer, Brownie Caramel Cream Root Beer and Dang! Italian Cherry Soda.

The event was scheduled for 10 a.m.-6 p.m., but by 2 p.m. several of the pops were gone for tastings and the sales table was pretty depleted. A few cartons of cherry-flavored Cheerwine and other brands were brought in to quench attendees’ thirst for the craft sodas.

The festival, organized by Roger Grabner, owner of SummitCitySoda.com, cost $5 for admission that included 10 tickets for tastings or carnival games or $20 for a wristband for unlimited tastings. Part of the money went to Blessings in a Backpack, which sends home students who receive free or reduced lunch at school home with backpacks filled with food for the weekends and holidays.

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