Meat Up at This Weekend's AZ BBQ Festival | Chow Bella | Phoenix | Phoenix New Times | The Leading Independent News Source in Phoenix, Arizona
Navigation

Meat Up at This Weekend's AZ BBQ Festival

I doubt the AZ BBQ Festival will be a one-off event. Those guys over at the EaterAZ blog, Rick Phillips and Dave Tyda, have done a bang-up job with organizing and promoting their brand-new culinary festival, which takes place this weekend at the Scottsdale Waterfront. I drove by the site yesterday and got a...
Share this:

I doubt the AZ BBQ Festival will be a one-off event. 


Those guys over at the EaterAZ blog, Rick Phillips and Dave Tyda, have done a bang-up job with organizing and promoting their brand-new culinary festival, which takes place this weekend at the Scottsdale Waterfront. 

I drove by the site yesterday and got a glimpse of the massive setup operations, with huge white tents and a stage transforming that vacant dirt lot behind the Nordstrom's parking lot into a temporary carnivore capitol of the Valley. 


The fest kicks off tonight with a celeb chef-packed VIP dinner ($150), featuring local kitchen luminaries like Beau MacMillan, Silvana Salcido Esparza, Joshua Hebert, Cullen Campbell, James Porter, Aaron May, and others breaking into teams to compete in a gourmet barbecue throwdown with wine pairings. Supposedly a half a ton of meat is involved, too.


Tomorrow's main event, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with more than 50 BBQ teams cooking slow and low for twenty grand in prize money. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Operation Homefront.

For the ten dollar price of admission (free for kids under 12), there's a lot to enjoy -- a barbecue equipment expo, live music, a beauty pageant, Texas Hold Em, a cocktail competition, green exhibitors, a farmers market, and special activities for kids. BBQ samples from the competitors will run you $2 apiece.

Don't make any plans for Sunday -- I feel a mass food coma coming on.

KEEP NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. Your membership allows us to continue offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food, and culture with no paywalls. You can support us by joining as a member for as little as $1.