The Arizona BBQ Festival and The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival: A Side-by-Side Comparison

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The Entertainment

AZ BBQ:
The Main Stage will host live concerts from Brad Perry, The Crown Kings, Back Porch Pickers, and more. But that's hardly all the event has to offer. There's also going to be International Wrestling Federation fights all day long; chef demos from local names including James Fox, Payton Curry, and Travis Nass; and the Redneck Area, where you'll find redneck-inspired competitions such as keg-rolling, watermelon seed-spitting contests, arm wrestling, lawn mower racing, and more.

GABBF:
There will be two stages with live music at this festival. The Main Stage, located on the east lawn, will host performances from Blues Traveler (headliner), Craig Campbell, The Benson Band, Arizona's Georgia Chrome, and Nashville recording artist Laura Walsh. On the west lawn stage you'll find bands including Alien Ant Farm, 8 Versions of You, and Hot Box Academy. There will also be eating contests including brat eating, rib eating, wing eating, and pie eating.

The Price

AZ BBQ:
General Admission: $12, VIP: $60/$75 at the gate, Kids 12 & under: free

GABBF:
$8 presale at all Valley Bashas' locations, $10 presage online/at the gate, $125 presage (only 150 available)

The Venue

AZ BBQ:
Salt River Fields in Scottsdale

GABBF:
Historic Downtown Chandler

Our Assessment

So it seems both festivals will offer plenty of barbecue for even the hungriest of festival goers -- in fact, each will feature some of the same pit masters. Scottsdale's Arizona Barbecue Festival does have a leg up by offering a bacon-centric lineup of dishes, but it seems Chandler's Great American BBQ & Beer Festival will feature more family-friendly entertainment with country entertainers and appropriate-for-all-ages eating competitions. On the other hand, Arizona Barbecue Festival's Redneck Arena -- one of the event's highlighted draws -- will only be open to those over 18 and the plentiful bars, while fun for the adults, might be a little less friendly for families to navigate.

For more information about the events, check out the Great American BBQ & Beer Festival and Arizona Barbecue Festival websites.

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Location Info

Map

Salt River Fields

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Historic Downtown Chandler

Arizona Ave. south of Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

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9 comments
Francisco Cortez
Francisco Cortez

Beer....Goood! BBQ.....Good! Beer & BBQ together.....REAL GOOD!

John Graef
John Graef

Save yourself the hassle and just go to Joe's Real BBQ. FYI...the beans from Sally's BBQ in Sedona is the best in the state.

Tyler Britt
Tyler Britt

I'll be working at the one in Chandler.

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