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Community Rib-stickin,’ lip-lickin’ barby, suds What could be a better combo than savory stick-


to-the-ribs barbecue and foamy lip-covering craft beers? Delve in at the third annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sat., March 24. The food, brew, entertainment and family fun is


ON THE BARBY: Succulent barbecue grills all afternoon at Chandler’s 3rd Annual Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival. Submitted photo


BBQ BLAST: Arizona’s largest-ever barbecue and beer event takes over downtown Chandler March 24. Submitted photo


expected to draw more than 20,000 barbecue fans. HDE Agency, the producers of this official Chandler Centennial event, have more than dou- bled the 2011 event space, food vendors and beer- keg count. This will transform the streets of historic downtown Chandler into the largest back- yard barbecue event ever held in Arizona. The fes- tival will span the entire Dr. A.J. Chandler Park East and West across Arizona Avenue, which will be closed from Buffalo to Boston streets for the festivities. “This festival


is not


about trophies, it’s about the food,” says Landon Evans of HDE Agency. “No table


etiquette


applies. So, you can eat with your hands, wipe your mouth on your sleeve, and lick your fin- gers before wiping them on your pants. Just expect to have a good time!” More than 50 barbecue


restaurants and food purveyors will dish out more than 20,000 pounds of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken paired with more than 300 kegs of craft beer tapped by the state’s finest craft beer brewers. A few companies serving up their award-winning


barbecue this year include Chandler BBQ Company, Honey Bears, Tom’s BBQ, Steel City BBQ, Catalina Barbeque Co., Sally’s BBQ, Bill Johnson’s Big Apple, McReynolds Farms, Jed’z BBQ Company, AZ BBQ Club and Brown Bear BBQ. Featured beer makers include SanTan Brewing


Company, Sonoran Brewing, Grand Canyon Brewing, Papago Brewing and Thunder Canyon Brewing. Other entertainment includes pie-, bratwurst- and


wing-eating contests. The family-friendly event will feature live music by nationally acclaimed artists Face to Face, Voodoo Glowskulls and Goldfinger. Event vendors will sell food, beverages and other items separately. A portion of the proceeds from the Great


American Barbeque & Beer Festival benefit the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation. Public admission is $10 per person and children 12 and younger are free. Event partner Bashas’ offers $8 general admission tickets at all Bashas’ grocery stores in the Valley Feb. 27 through March 23, while supplies last. For more event information and to purchase tick- ets, visit www.chandlerbbq.com.


www.SanTanSun.com


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