This Saturday, August 29th, the first-ever San Diego Brew & Food Festival (BFF) will take place at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego.
The massive inaugural event will feature over 70 independent craft breweries pouring tasters of more than 200 total beers. There will also be more than 20 local chefs preparing distinct gastropub-style dishes to pair with the sudsy brews. A few of the local favorite breweries that will be featured are Stone Brewing Co.; Pizza Port Brewing Company; AleSmith Brewing Company; Modern Times Beer; The Lost Abbey; Coronado Brewing Company; Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits; and Green Flash, plus many more. Participating BFF eateries include Encinitas local restaurant Biergarden and The Regal Seagull Alehouse and Sausage Grill. Biergarden, for instance, plans to dish out Short Rib Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Mahi Ceviche, while The Regal Seagull plans to serve its Smoked Beer (Pork), Hungarian Kolbasz and Chicken Diablo specials.
This 21+ event will take place at 1600 Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego. It is produced by big-time festival innovators, Motley Brews. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego Coastkeeper and its mission to protect waters in San Diego County.
Tickets into BFF fall under three categories: beer tasting tickets, early entry and “Mad Craft VIP” passes. Beer tasting tickets are valid from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $45 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Early entry tickets get you in at 2 p.m. and cost $55 to $60 a pop.
The Mad Craft VIP pass gets you access to both beer and food samples from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $105 in advance per person, and $110 at the door. Four Mad Craft VIP chefs are slated to throw down their best recipes for patrons with these passes, including Chef Javier Plascencia, who’s preparing Carrot Agua Chile boasting local ghost peppers and fresh seafood, and a Summer Vegetable Tostada with local ingredients.
In addition to lots of food and beer, festival attendees will also be treated to live music throughout the day on the main stage. The “Silent Disco Dome” will feature DJs spinning and provide patrons with a place to boogie to the beat.
For more details on the Brew & Food Fest, visit the event website.