Tehachapi will host the union of two great American loves, barbecue and beer, at the Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest July 19th from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Benz Visco Sports Park.
The barbecue portion of the festival will feature teams made up of one head cook and three assistants competing to see who makes the best barbecue tri-tip, chicken or pork in California.
The brew portion of the festival will be the Central California Craft Beer Competition, which puts commercially produced California craft beers head to head, will culminate with awards, by category, for best beers in California.
Sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program, the Tehachapi Mountain Brew & Grill Fest is the only event of its kind in Central California. "This event will put Tehachapi squarely in middle of the craft beer world and showcase our community to the people that enjoy BBQ and Beer," said David Brust founder of the Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest.
Festival goers will be able to sample the same judged beers and barbecue, as well as a complete dinner from their choice of a number of local restaurants.
The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest will also see the return of Foster Campbell and Friends, the headliner band that played at the 2012 Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival.
"We are so happy to have Foster Campbell and Friends back to Tehachapi. They are incredible and really know how to get the crowd moving," said Brust.
Brust said he is especially excited to introduce Tehachapi to the opening act, Terese and the Sweetness.
General admission tickets ($45) include lots of beer tastings and barbecue samplings, as well as dinner. VIP admission ($100) includes a fully catered VIP section, wine, beer and other adult libations. Overnight R.V. parking is available, as well as shuttle service to select Tehachapi area hotels. The event is strictly for those 21 years of age or older.
Tickets and more information are available at: TehachapiBrew.com. The Tehachapi Mountain Brew and Grill Fest will donate a portion of its proceeds to local charities, Make-A-Wish Foundation, AYSO Region 479 and more. Local vendors are welcome and may register on-site by June 23rd.