The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival is not just another barbecue competition. It is a family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler where you can listen to music, have fun and enjoy great food and beer. About 100 exhibitors are expected to participate, including nearly 60 BBQ vendors from across Arizona serving up more than 20,000 lbs of pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken. To wash it all down, more than 200 kegs of ice cold craft beer will be on hand at the Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival. Twelve bands will perform on two stages. A portion of event proceeds to benefit Boot Campaign, providing assistance to wounded military and their families.
When is The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival?
Saturday, March 22, 2014 from noon to 10 p.m.
Where is it?
In downtown Chandler. Here is a map.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?
There is a $10 admission charge, with children under 12 admitted free. Admission tickets may be purchased online or at the gate. Restaurants will be offering samples and tastings on a cash basis. Many will offer mini BBQ plates as well. A limited number of VIP tickets wch include alcoholic beverages and food, as well as prime stage seating, are available.
Are discounts available?
Check at local Bashas' stores; they may offer tickets at a discount while supplies last.
What else should I know?
This is a rain or shine event. About 5,000 people are expected to attend. Aside from barbecue and beer, there will be music! Blues Traveler headlines the bands that will perform. There is a Kids' Zone (some activities in the Kids' Zone Have an extra charge) and a Farmers' Market. Want to eat your way to a prize? there will be eating contests for ribs, wings, brats and pie.
For more information about the event, visit The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival online.
Do you have pictures of The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival?
Yes! See my photos.
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