Get ready beer and chili lovers – the second annual Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival will be held on Saturday, April 6 at Fremont Park in Downtown Sacramento from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. This philanthropic event will consist of unlimited beer tastings provided by 35 local and regional brewers, live music by local musicians and a chili cook-off with four competitive categories: Individual, Industry, Vegetarian and People’s Choice.
Even more rewarding than an afternoon filled with refreshing beer, delicious chili, and great music is that the entire event will be enjoyed in the name of a wonderful charity. All proceeds will be donated to local art and music programs for Sacramento’s at-risk children and children of homeless families. Chili tasting tickets are $20 and include a 1-ounce chili tasting bowl (unlimited tastes). Chili and beer tasting tickets are $35 and include a 5-ounce beer tasting mug (unlimited tastes) and a 1-ounce chili tasting bowl (unlimited tastes). A valid ID must be shown for the beer tasting mug.
If you’re interested in putting your chili-cooking talents to the test, you may sign up as a contestant in the chili cook-off by filling out an entry form on the event website. Contestants may choose to enter the meat and/or vegetarian division as an individual or industry. Current industry competitors include: Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, River City Brewing Company, Broderick Roadhouse, Ruff House Hot Dog Company and last year’s chili winner, Golden Bear!
The Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival is a great testament to Sacramento’s philanthropic efforts and community involvement. It gives Sacramento residents the unique experience of enjoying local brews, chili and music while simultaneously giving back to the less fortunate in the community. The event is hosted by the Sacramento Artists Council, The Grid Agency and Dad’s Kitchen, all in support of raising funds for different art programs in the Sacramento area.
For great entertainment and delicious food and drinks all in the name of local charity – purchase your Sacramento Beer & Chili tickets today! Ticket prices increase by $5 on the day of the event.
Sacramento Beer & Chili Festival
Saturday, April 6
Fremont Park, Downtown Sacramento
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Last week, we shared all the details for Sacramento Beer Week, kicking off this Friday! The week will be jam-packed with beer-centric events and culminate with Capital Beerfest on Saturday, March 2 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Cal Expo. Attendees can sample from 100 breweries with proceeds benefiting the Runnin’ for Rhett foundation.
This is Capital Beerfest’s third annual event and will feature several local brewers including Black Dragon Brewery, Auburn Alehouse, New Helvetia Brewing Co., Hoppy Brewery, River City Brewing, Ruhstaller Beer and Track 7 Brewing. The event will also host craft breweries from across the country, including ones from Vermont to Hawaii and even places like Canada and Buvaria. Get the full list here.
These tasty beers can be used to wash down delicious eats from street food vendors through SactoMofo and a variety of restaurants participating in the Sacramento Beer Week events.
Sound like the perfect event for you? Lucky for our readers, you can win a pair of tickets! Comment on this post by 12 p.m. on Thursday 2/28 and let us know which brewery you want to try most, and you will be entered to win a pair of beer and food sampling tickets!
Must be 21 and over to win tickets.
A couple weeks ago, I found myself strolling the streets of Portland’s Pearl District with friends and admiring the range of food options, spanning from fancy fare to quirky holes in the wall.
Oregon is definitely known for its beer, so I wasn’t surprised to discover that the brewery that makes my favorite beer also has a restaurant (several, actually). Rogue Distillery & Public House is located in the heart of Portland’s Historic Brewing District. Besides a menu full of pub classics, they’ve got 38 beers on tap, including my favorite – Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
As luck would have it, the Portland area was experiencing a bit of a water safety issue at the time, so we weren’t able to order any water with our food. This allowed me to feel far less guilty when I ordered a few rounds of this not-on-the-menu gem – the Rogue Snickers (hey, I needed to wash down my dinner somehow, right?).
The Snickers was a mixture of my aforementioned favorite, Hazelnut Brown Nectar, and their Chocolate Stout. Wow. Simply wow! It really hit the spot with its rich, velvety flavor.
After dinner, we walked the beers off and headed to the popular Northwest staple – Voodoo Doughnut. As another SacFoodie mentioned on her trip to Voodoo, this must-see shop also serves as a wedding chapel. Yes, it’s one of those eccentric joints that make Portland so idiosyncratically wonderful. The doughnuts on display made us (and the estimated 50 people in line ahead of us) drool. Our wait was about 25 minutes, but it was so worth it.
I opted for the Old Dirty Bastard, which featured chocolate, Oreos and peanut butter. Apparently, the Bacon Maple Bar is one of their most popular, so I’m definitely going to try it the next time I visit.
If you’re ever in Portland, I seriously recommend stopping by Rogue Distillery (even if the city’s water is safe to drink) and Voodoo Doughnut. This SacFoodie was sad to leave!
Rogue Distillery and Public House
1339 NW Flanders Street
Voodoo Doughnut Original Location
22 SW 3rd Street
Stout. Porter. Hefeweizen. Pilsner.
For beer lovers everywhere, just the sound of these brews is enough to make mouths water.
The world’s third most popular beverage-beat only by water and tea-is at the center of a foam-guzzling culture that geographically ranges from the famous Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany to the pubs of London, England and, more locally, Beerfest 2011 in Davis.
Davis’ fourth annual Beerfest is kicking off its hop-filled festivities on Saturday, June 4 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sudwerk Brewery.
The fest is hosted by Citizens Who Care, an organization that is dedicated to helping the elderly and their caretakers.
The $35 price of admission includes the opportunity to taste more than 100 handcrafted beers, tour the Sudwerk Brewery, the ever-festive availability of Nugget-provided sausage, and of course, a commemorative souvenir mug…which is definitely why I’m going.
There will be about 40 local brands represented, including my favorite as a recent Chico State grad, Sierra Nevada.
Tickets for designated drivers are also available for a discounted price of $10, which includes food and unlimited soft drinks. Win.
Photo courtesy of Flikr user VXLA.