The Arizona BBQ Festival and The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival: A Side-by-Side Comparison
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.
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.
General Admission: $12, VIP: $60/$75 at the gate, Kids 12 & under: free
$8 presale at all Valley Bashas' locations, $10 presage online/at the gate, $125 presage (only 150 available)
Salt River Fields in Scottsdale
Historic Downtown Chandler
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.