Barbecue contestants must provide their own barbecue ingredients, and serving utensils, plus make enough of their dish to offer samplers to a crowd of about 300 people. Home brewers must provide keg or bottled beer samples (also to a crowd of 300) and are responsible for serving their product during the event. All barbecue and brew contestants will receive two free passes to the event in exchange for their participation, plus get the chance to win some great barbecue and beer related prizes, as well as a plaque to commemorate their victory. Winners of the barbecue competition will also receive a cash award this year to help offset the expense of their ingredients.
Fast becoming a favorite summertime event in Southern Humboldt, barbecue and beer lovers will agree that when grill masters, home brewers, and local breweries come together in one place to test their skills, that’s the place to be. The job of the audience is to taste their delectable offerings and cast secret votes. Prizes and bragging rights are awarded to audience favorites in all categories.
Doors open at 4 p.m. and the fun starts immediately with barbecue samplers, beer tasters, and live music by Aloha Radio and Rooster McClintock.
Those purchasing the beer ticket will receive a commemorative tasting glass and unlimited tasters of local favorites and specialty brews by most of the breweries in Humboldt and Mendocino counties (and a few from beyond), plus an array of offerings by local home brewers.
Admission is at the door only and is a steal at only $15 for the barbecue and music ticket or $25 to include unlimited beer tasters and a commemorative tasting glass. For more information visit www.mateel.org or call 923-3368.
Aloha Radio will entertain barbecue and beer tasters at the 5th Annual SoHum Beer Fest & BBQ at the Mateel on Sunday, Sept. 1