Sample over 100 varieties of vintage and craft soda

featuring your favorite glass-bottled, naturally sweetened, vintage and craft sodas

from across the nation!


Celebrating the nostalgia of the American “Main Street” experience, The 2016 Craft Soda Festival is a traveling community event that features free admission, all day entertainment, Kids’ Zone, great food, unique vendors and a Craft Soda sampling experience that “promises to take your soda poppin’ taste buds to a fizzling new level of bliss!”

Taking you back to the day when soda came in a glass bottle (no plastic bottled sodas), was sweetened with pure cane sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) and were created with flavor in mind (yes, we will be featuring a Bacon Cream Soda!). Find your favorites and build your own 6 pack at the General Store. VIP Sampling Packages are available and include a commemorative sampling glass plus unlimited samples! See you there!
















Saturday June 11th
Riverfront Park - Pekin, IL

10am to 7pm & FREE admission

Pekin, IL

Enjoy the Pekin Insurance Craft Soda Festival at beautiful Riverfront Park! This 4 acre park, located just east of the Illinois River at 121 Court Street, features an aesthetic view of the Illinois River.  The park features a festival plaza, event meadow, picnic grills, large gazebo, vehicular overlook parking area, large parking lot, the Spirit of Columbia Steamboat playground, picnic shelter, horseshoe courts, large viewing pier with a walking trail.

In addition to an amazing soda sampling experience, be sure to check out the “ENTERTAINMENT” tab for the Mainstage schedule and the “FAMILY FUN” tab for more information on our family friendly, day long activities.

This is a FREE public event.  Soda Sample tickets are only 3/$1.

Check out our Limited VIP Experience package (unlimited samples & more).

About the VIP Experience

There are limited “VIP Craft Soda Tasting Experience” tickets available for $22 per person.

The ticket includes

  • A commemorative tasting glass
  • UNLIMITED soda tastings throughout the day
  • 1 bottle of craft/vintage soda from the General Store (your choice)
  • Soda Swag Bag

Vip Craft Soda Tasting Experience tickets are available online now or at our Craft Soda Festival Headquarters:

Maurie’s Fine Candies

522 Court St, Pekin, IL 61554

Pekin VIP Experience

Mainstage  Schedule


SMD & The Underground

‘SoulFolk’ lounge jazz trio


Still Shine

bluegrass americana


Brain Brothers

Wood Brothers tribute


SMD & The Underground

‘SoulFolk’ lounge jazz trio

Still Shine
SMD & The Underground
Brain Brothers

Kids’ Zone Activities

Thank you Pekin Hospital, the official sponsor of the Kids’ Zone!

Inflatable Playground

provided by Pekin Hospital

Rock Climbing Wall

provided by Upper Limits

Paintball Shooting Gallery

provided by Pekin Paintball Park

Petting Zoo & Pony Rides

provided by Indian Ridge Farm Interactive

Bubble Experience

provided by Joyful Bubbles

Bags Tournament

Double Elimination

Winners Bracket: Best 2 out of 3
Losers Bracket: 1 and Done

80% Payout to the Top 3 Teams

For additional information, please call RJ Jones at 309.620.0526

Good Luck!

Thank you to our sponsors

the following make it all happen…

Become a Volunteer

Help raise money for your town by being a Soda Tasting Volunteer. Volunteers are needed to help pour soda samples at the soda tasting booths. As this is a non-alcoholic family festival, volunteers can be 16 years of age and older.

Put together a group or sign up yourself and come join fun!

To be a volunteer at  Craft Soda Festival, please submit this Google Form:

Click Here to submit Volunteer Form

The Sodas

Featuring glass bottled, naturally sweetened, vintage and craft sodas from across the nation!

  • Boots Sarsaparilla Root Beer
  • Capt Eli Root Beer
  • Caruso’s Legacy Root Beer
  • Cicero Root Beer
  • Cicero Salted Carmel Root Beer
  • Dad’s Root Beer
  • Dang Butterscotch Root Beer
  • Dang Diet Root Beer
  • Dang Root Beer
  • Dogs N Suds Root Beer
  • Goose Island Root Beer
  • Homer Soda Maple Root Beer
  • III Dachshund Root Beer
  • Rambling Root Beer
  • Route 66: Root Beer
  • Sioux City Root Beer
  • Virgil’s Root Beer
  • Virgil’s Zero Root Beer
  • Boots Ultimate Caramel Cola
  • Cheerwine Cola
  • Cheerwine Diet Cola
  • Cicero Cherry Cola
  • Virgil’s Cola
  • Virgil’s Zero Cola
  • Boots Dewberry
  • Boots Lemon Meringue Soda
  • Boots Strawberries ‘n Cream
  • Capt Eli Black Cherry Pop
  • Capt Eli Lemon Lime
  • Capt Eli Orange Pop
  • Capt Eli Strawberry Pop
  • Captn Eli Blueberry
  • Captn Eli Fruit Punch
  • Caruso’s Legacy Black Cherry
  • Caruso’s Legacy Maraschino Cherry
  • Cicero Lime Soda
  • Cicero Sour Cherry Cherry
  • Goose Island Concord Grape
  • Green River
  • Jelly Belly Blueberry
  • Jelly Belly Crushed Pineapple
  • Jelly Belly Green Apple
  • Jelly Belly Juicy Pear
  • Jelly Belly Lemon Drop
  • Jelly Belly Sour Cherry
  • Jelly Belly Strawberry Jam
  • Jelly Belly Tangerine
  • Jelly Belly Very Cherry
  • Kickapoo Fuzzy Navel
  • Kickapoo Joy Juice
  • Route 66: Black Cherry
  • Route 66: Lime Soda
  • Route 66: Orange
  • Sioux City Berry Berry
  • Sioux City Prickly Pear
  • Boots Coconut Cream
  • Boots Orange Dromsicle Cream
  • Capt Eli Cream Soda
  • Caruso’s Legacy Blood Orange Cream
  • Caruso’s Legacy Dark Cream
  • Caruso’s Legacy Lemoncello
  • Dang Italian Cherry Soda
  • Dang Red Cream
  • Goose Island Orange Cream
  • Goose Island Vanilla Cream
  • Jelly Belly French Vanilla Cream
  • Route 66: Cream
  • Sioux City Orange Cream
  • Virgil’s Black Cherry Cream
  • Virgil’s Cream Soda
  • Virgil’s Orange Cream
  • Virgil’s Zero Cream Soda
  • Ale-8-One Ginger
  • Ale-8-One Diet Ginger
  • Boots Lucky Brew Ginger
  • Capt Eli Ginger Beer
  • Goose Island Spicy Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Cherry Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Extra Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Original Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Premium Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Raspberry Ginger
  • Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Spiced Ginger
  • Sioux City Birch Beer Misc Beers
  • Sioux City Ginger Beer Ginger
  • Sioux City Sarsaparilla
  • Avery Bug Barf Soda
  • Avery Dog Drool
  • Avery Fungal Fruit
  • Avery Kitty Piddle
  • Avery Swamp Juice
  • Avery Toxic Slime
  • Avery Zombie Brain Juice
  • Boots Caramel Apple
  • Boots Cinnamon Red Hot
  • Buckeye State Scarlet Soda Unique
  • Cicero Bacon Cream
  • Cicero Caramel Apple
  • Cicero Chocolate Hazelnut
  • Cicero Chocolate Raspberry
  • Flying Cauldron Butterscotch
  • Kickapoo Fruit Shine Sangria
  • Kickapoo Maliblu Pina Colada
  • Moxie
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Cherry Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Extra Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Original Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Premium Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Raspberry Ginger
  • Reed’s Stronger Ginger Brew Ginger
  • Reed’s Ginger Brew: Spiced Ginger
  • Sioux City Birch Beer Misc Beers
  • Sioux City Ginger Beer Ginger
  • Sioux City Sarsaparilla Misc Beers
  • Virgil’s Dr Better Unique
  • Virgil’s Zero Black Cherry Black Cherry
  • Virgil’s Zero Dr Better Unique

The VIP Craft Soda Tasting Experience!

While The Craft Soda Festival always features FREE Admission, a limited number of VIP Craft Soda Festival Experience tickets are available for purchase.

The VIP Craft Soda Festival Experience includes:
• UNLIMITED soda tastings throughout the day
• Commemorative tasting glass
• 1 bottle of Craft Soda from the General Store
• Craft Soda Swag Bag

Our History

The Craft Soda Festival Tour is the nation’s only traveling, soda tasting festival! Inspired by the vision of Kate Boyer and the Homer Soda Company (our exclusive glass bottle soda provider), the Craft Soda Festival Tour is a traveling extension of the flagship event: The Homer Soda Festival. To read more on the history of the Homer Soda Festival visit:

Motivated by Kate’s passionate dedication to “small businesses & Main Street USA,” The Craft Soda Festival Tour is excited to bring this Americana experience to your town. Combining community, festival fun, and huge array of vintage & craft sodas, The Craft Soda Festival Tour is proud to deliver this amazing soda tasting and small town celebration. Just like our friends in Homer, IL.

The Concept

Imagine your downtown or special event park being transformed by our self contained family festival showcasing glass bottled, vintage and craft sodas! But wait – this is more than just a soda tasting festival. A complete community festival, bringing back Americana with a modern day twist, the Craft Soda Festival Tour can design activities and entertainment tailored to your city. In addition to our self contained traveling Craft Soda tasting festival, we also add special events customized to your city! We are happy to show you how you can host the Craft Soda Festival Tour! For more information please contact us: