Arizona’s largest BBQ event is set to return to downtown Chandler on March 21, 2015 from noon – 10 p.m. Winner of Outstanding Event of the Year in 2012 and 2013 at the APS AzTEC Awards, the 2015 Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will be bigger and better than ever with a newly expanded stage, more BBQ pitmasters and the eating competition zone for finger lickin’ good times.
Headlining this year’s entertainment will be the Eli Young Band, best known for their double platinum single, “Crazy Girl” which earned them the ACM Award in 2011 for Song of the Year. Other popular hits include “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night.” Supporting acts include local country performers, Laura Walsh and Georgia Chrome as well as Adley Stump.
“I’m thrilled to have Eli Young Band as our headlining act for this year’s festival. The entertainment bill continues to grow each year with A-list talent. I couldn’t be happier with our amazing country lineup for 2015,” said Landon Evans, event coordinator.
The sixth annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will be held in downtown Chandler, spanning the entire east and west Dr. AJ Chandler Park – as well as the connecting Arizona Ave., which will be closed from Buffalo St. to Boston St. on Saturday, March 21, 2015.
Beginning on February 9, 2015, all valley-wide Bashas’ locations will have $10 each presale general admission tickets available for purchase. General admission tickets are also available online for $12 each atwww.chandlerbbq.com and tickets will be $15 each at the gate day of. Food and beverages are sold separately. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted for free.
More than 60 of the best BBQ pitmasters from across Arizona and the southwest will converge in downtown Chandler for a day filled with the sweet aroma of smoked meats and delicious craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company. The Chandler based brewery will pour their popular seasonal, Mr. Pineapple Wheat Beer; HopShock IPA and Devil’s Ale. Plus, festival goers will enjoy a brand new brew called LimeLeaf Cream Ale.
Some of the BBQ pitmasters joining us this year include Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit BBQ, Honey Bear’s BBQ, JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, McLaws BBQ, Phil The Grill, Porkopolis, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ, Sally’s BBQ, SanTan Brewing Company, Smoke Haus, Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse, Tom’s BBQ Pig Rig and many more.
Other festival highlights include the March Madness lounge, Chester’s Harley Davidson pavilion, Ride Now off road zone, kid’s playland, eating competitions and over 100 exhibitors.
Be sure to “like” this event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bbq.beer.music and follow on Twitter @BBQBEERFESTIVAL for entertainment announcements, a chance to win free tickets and more event details as they roll out.
The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival official sponsors include; Bashas’, SanTan Brewing, Ak-Chin Indian Communities, Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, Jack Daniels Whiskey, Little Black Dress, Alliance Beverage, Crescent Crown Distributing, 102.5 KNIX, Poore Brothers, Clean Air Cab, Phoenix New Times, Local First AZ, Yelp, Von Hanson’s Meats & Spirits, Pinnacle Peak Pie Company, One Community, Phoenix Bites, and Local Lily who all remind you to enjoy BBQ and beer responsibly.
A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing assistance to wounded military and their families with job placement and securing mortgage free homes, post traumatic stress disorder counseling, adaptive clothing and much more. For more information about the Boot Campaign, visit www.bootcampaign.com.