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Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival

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May 27 – 28, 2017

As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up mouth-watering barbecue complemented by thirst-quenching brews at the 14th Annual Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival. 

The Blues, Brews and BBQ event offers free admission to the Beaver Creek plaza and food and beverage are available for purchase. The weekend's music lineup features Grammy-nominated headliners North Mississippi Allstars on Saturday and Kenny Neal on Sunday, with opening acts coming soon!

Barbecue masters from right here in Beaver Creek and all over Colorado fill the village plaza, selling all the BBQ classics – from wings to ribs, pulled pork to brisket! All barbecue vendors will be competing for bragging rights and $1,750 in cash prizes. Attendees will have the chance to vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Selected winners will be crowned on Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza. 

Don’t miss the Microbrew Festival on Saturday featuring more than 80 special concoctions from over 30 Colorado-based breweries! On Sunday, amateur pit masters will be able to showcase their talents at the Backyard BBQ Competition, competing to win their very own Big Green Egg and bragging rights for an entire year!

14th Annual Beaver Creek Blues Brews & BBQ Festival

Schedule of Events


Saturday, May 27th

 12PM - 6PM:   Beer Garden and BBQ Vendors Open
Location: Beaver Creek Plaza
 12PM - 2PM:   Live Music - To Be Announced 
Location: Plaza Stage
 12PM - 4PM:   Kids' Fun Zone Open
Location: 1st Level, Covered Bridge Escalator
 12PM - 4PM:   People's Choice Voting
Location: Red Guest Service Tent, Next to Covered Bridge
 1PM - 5PM:    Microbrew Festival (Ticketed Event)
Location: Centennial Park, top of Plaza Escalator
 1:30PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 2:30PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 
 2:30PM - 4PM:                 Live Music - To Be Announced
Location: Plaza Stage
 3PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 4:30PM - 6PM:   Live Music - North Mississippi Allstars
Location: Plaza Stage

Sunday, May 28th

 11AM - 2PM:   Backyard BBQ Competition (Must pre-register to participate, spectators are free!)
Location: Covered Bridge
 12PM - 6PM:   Beer Garden & BBQ Vendors Open
Location: Beaver Creek Plaza
 12PM - 2PM:   Live Music - To Be Announced
Location: Plaza Stage
 12PM - 3PM:   People's Choice Voting
Location: Red Guest Service Tent, Next to Covered Bridge
 12PM - 4PM:   Kids' Fun Zone Open
Location: 1st Level, Covered Bridge Escalator
 1:30PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 2:30PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 2:30PM - 4PM:   Live Music - To Be Announced
Location: Plaza Stage
 3PM:   BBQ Demonstration
Location: Demo Area, next to the Covered Bridge
 4:10PM   People's Choice Winners Announced
Location: Plaza Stage
 4:30PM - 6PM:   Live Music - Kenny Neal
Location: Plaza Stage



(Plaza Stage)

14th Annual Beaver Creek Blues Brews & BBQ Festival

Event Information

As the unofficial launch of summertime in the mountains, the 14th Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival features toe-tapping blues music, thirst-quenching microbrews, and plenty of mouth-watering barbecue. Guests do not need a ticket to enter the event and enjoy the music! Food and beverage will be available for purchase from 12pm – 6pm. Tickets for special events within the festival weekend are available online.


Blues

  • There is no charge to enjoy the music on the Beaver Creek plaza stage! 3 acts per day fill the village with the classic sounds of authentic blues music.
  • The 2017 lineup includes Grammy-nominated headliners North Mississippi Allstars on Saturday and Kenny Neal on Sunday, with more acts coming soon!

Brews

  • Beer & wine will be available for purchase on the plaza throughout the day.
  • Beaver Creek Microbrew Festival: For those that want to explore the world of Colorado craft beer - don’t miss the Microbrew Festival on Saturday from 1pm – 5pm featuring more than 80 special concoctions from over 30 Colorado-based breweries! Tickets are required for entry into this event.  To purchase tickets, click on the Tickets tab. For event details, click on the Microbrew tab.


BBQ

  • Barbecue masters from right here in Beaver Creek and all over Colorado fill the village plaza, selling all the BBQ classics – from wings to ribs, pulled pork to brisket! 
  • Attendees will have the chance to crown the Best BBQ Vendor by voting in the People’s Choice Contest. Voting takes place from 12pm - 4pm on Saturday and 12pm - 3pm on Sunday. Winners will be crowned on the plaza stage at 4:10pm on Sunday. 
  • Backyard BBQ Competition: Calling all amateur grill masters! Participate in the Backyard BBQ Competition for the chance to win your very own Big Green Egg and bragging rights for an entire year! Registration is required to participate, but spectating is free. Registration is limited to 15 teams. Click on the Tickets tab to register or the Amateur BBQ tab for contest rules & regulations.


Kids' Activities

  • A Kids’ Fun Zone will be open from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday providing free activities, arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. The Fun Zone is located one level up the Covered Bridge escalator, outside of the winter Lift Ticket Office location
 


 2017 Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival Artists

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Kenny Neal     
Kenny Neal Beaver Creek
  One of the strongest modern proponents of Baton Rouge swamp blues, Kenny Neal is a second-generation southern Louisiana bluesman who is cognizant of the region’s venerable blues tradition and imaginative enough to steer it in fresh directions.

At age 13, Kenny Neal was playing in his father’s band, and at 17, landed a job playing bass for Buddy Guy. Neal’s sizzling guitar work, sturdy harp, and gravelly, aged-beyond-his-years vocals served him well, and he cut four albums for Alligator Records between 1989 and 1994. In 1998, Neal moved from Alligator to the blues division of the jazz-based Telarc Records, releasing three albums for the label. In the new millennium, Neal recorded sets for a variety of independent labels and three years later, Neal hooked up with Blind Pig Records and released Let Life Flow in 2008, once again incorporating his gritty Louisiana roots with a sophisticated Chicago/Memphis soul approach. In 2015, Neal released his first holiday-themed album, I’ll Be Home for Christmas. It was his first album for Cleopatra Records, which also issued his latest critically acclaimed release, Bloodline in 2016, which was nominated for the 2016 "Best Contemporary Blues Album" Grammy Award.

In the last few years, Kenny has relocated back to Baton Rouge and has spent much of his time around home with Family, writing songs, riding horses and working on his collection of vintage cars, but has come to realize that life on the road is his life. You can bet on seeing Kenny Neal and his band of Brothers (Darnell Neal on Bass and Fred Neal on Keys) back on the road and better than ever in 2017. They are joined by longtime drummer and friend, Bryan Morris and new addition to the band, Alphonso “AG” Guillory on horns. Kenny Neal, a true living blues Legend is THE REAL DEAL and more poised than ever to deliver the blues like no one else can!


     
 North Mississippi Allstars    
 North Mississippi Allstars Beaver Creek   North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees ‪North Mississippi Allstars continuing to think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING. That album, the band’s seventh studio recording, proved the planetary sensation its title promised, with The Guardian simply declaring it the North Mississippi Allstars’ “best yet.” Now North Mississippi Allstars weave their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with a potent message of positivity, inclusion, family, and hope. As ever, songs like the powerhouse title track and “You Got To Move” – the latter featuring accompaniment from Hill Country Blues guitar hero Kenny Brown and award-winning singer/bassist Danielle Nicole – pay homage to the band’s long lineage of musical heroes, celebrating the blues’ extraordinary legacy while reshaping and pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

The majority of PRAYER FOR PEACE was recorded at Memphis’ famed Royal Studios with the great Boo Mitchell behind the board. The hard-touring band also recorded as they traveled the country, lighting up studios in St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Austin, and of course, their legendary father Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in the Allstars’ own Hernando, MS. A number of old friends join the congregation, among them bassist Oteil Burbridge (‪Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (‪Jack White), and singer/fife player ‪Shardé Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner. Simultaneously master curators, expert revivalists and forward-thinking visionaries, the Dickinson brothers have crafted their most daringly creative and provocatively topical collection to date. PRAYER FOR PEACE stands tall as yet another milestone marking North Mississippi Allstars own unique place in the American musical tradition.




Past Blues, Brews & BBQ Headliners Include:

John Mayall

Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Dumpstaphunk

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Charlie Musselwhite

John Németh

...and more!



   
 
 



Beaver Creek Microbrew Festival

2017 Beaver Creek Microbrew Festival

Don’t miss one of the largest exclusively Colorado craft beer tastings in the state featuring more than 80 special concoctions from over 30 Colorado-based breweries! Your ticket price includes unlimited sampling and a commemorative tasting glass. 

  • Date: Saturday, May 27th, 2017
  • Time: 1PM-5PM
  • Price: $40 (Online)/$50 (At The Door) 
  • Location:  Centennial Park (The lawn located at the top of the ice rink escalator)
  • Tickets: On sale now! Click on the Tickets tab to purchase.


2017 Participating Breweries

Coming soon - check back here for updates!


2016 Participating Breweries Included:

105 West Brewing Company     Castle Rock, CO
 4 Noses Brewing Company
   Broomfield, CO
 ACGolden Brewing Company
   Golden, CO
 Aspen Brewing Company
   Aspen, CO
 Bonfire Brewing
   Eagle, CO
 Boulder Beer Company    Boulder, CO
 Breckenridge Brewery
   Denver, CO
 Crazy Mountain Brewing Company
   Edwards, CO
 Denver Beer Company
   Denver, CO
 Dillon Dam Brewery
   Dillon, CO
 Dry Dock Brewing Co.
   Aurora, CO
 FATE Brewing Company
   Boulder, CO
 Glenwood Canyon Brewpub
   Glenwood Springs, CO
 Gordon Biersch
   Broomfield, CO
 Grimm Brothers Brewhouse
   Loveland, CO
 Holidaily Brewing Company *    Golden, CO
 Joyride Brewing Company    Edgewater, CO
 Left Hand Brewing Company
   Longmont, CO
 Living the Dream Brewing *    Littleton, CO
 Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill
   Steamboat Springs, CO
 New Belgium Brewing
   Fort Collins, CO
 Odd13 Brewing
   Lafayette, CO
 Oskar Blues Brewery
   Longmont, CO
 Pikes Peak Brewing Co.
   Monument, CO
 Pug Ryan's Brewing Company
   Dillon, CO
 Renegade Brewing Company
   Denver, CO
 Rock Bottom Brewery
   Denver, CO
 Rock Yard Brewing Company
   Castle Rock, CO
 Upslope Brewing Company
   Boulder, CO
 Vail Brewing Company
   Vail, CO
*Denotes breweries offering a selection of gluten free and/or gluten reduced beers. 

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. I have a friend who isn’t drinking – can they come to the event? Yes! Stop by the ticketing desk and get a Designated Driver wristband, free of charge
  2. Are children allowed? Yes – we are a family friendly event.
  3. Can I leave with my beer? Yes- guests are able to leave the Microbrew Festival while enjoying their tasty brew.
  4. Is there re-entry? Yes! Just keep you wristband on – you can grab a bite to eat, enjoy the music on the main stage and then come back to the festival
  5. Where is the closest restroom/ATM? Hyatt Restrooms will be available; they will be the restrooms by Powder 8.  The doors to Powder 8 will be locked but guests will be able to access the restrooms from the outside entrance.The closest ATM can be found next to the entrance of Powder 8 restrooms.
  6. Where is the Lost & Found? Lost & Found items can be brought to the registration desk. We will turn these items over to Public Safety at the end of the day.


Dillon, CO

Dillon, CO

2017 Backyard BBQ Competition

Do you love to barbecue? Are people constantly asking for your secret recipes? Is your nickname “Grill Master”? Here's your chance to fire up those coals and grill your way to victory! Participate in the Backyard BBQ competition for your chance to win your very own Big Green Egg and bragging rights for an entire year! 

Contestants (individuals or teams of up to three people) will be provided with a grill and a mystery basket, containing one meat and several side dish items. Contestants will have three hours to design and cook their delicious dishes for our distinguished judges.  This competition is only open to amateurs, no culinary professionals or professional barbecue teams are allowed to compete. Please read the Rules and Regulations below to confirm that you qualify to participate in this exclusive competition.

  • Date: Sunday, May 28th    
  • Time: 11AM – 2PM 
  • Price: $100 per team (up to 3 people), limited to 15 teams. Spectators are free! 
  • Location:  Covered Bridge
  • Registration: On sale now! Click on the Tickets tab to register.

2017 Backyard BBQ Competition

Rules & Regulations

Competition Date: Sunday, May 28th 11AM-2PM

  1. No culinary professionals (chefs, caterers, restaurateurs, professional barbecue teams etc.) are allowed to compete in this event for amateurs.  Please contact the Beaver Creek Resort Company representative cited below if you have any questions or concerns about you meeting this criteria as an “amateur.”
  2. A $100 entry fee will be paid by each team competing in this event. Entries are limited to 15 teams.
  3. The winning team will win the Big Green Egg they used during the competition!
  4. Each team will consist of one Chief Cook and allows for up to (2) assistants as deemed needed.  One grill will be provided to each team along with the initial charcoal (pre-lit for the team) to be used exclusively by that team within the assigned cooking area. The use of any other cooking devices is not permitted.
  5. All seasoning and cooking of product(s) shall be done within the confines of the assigned space. The Chief Cook and/or assistants are only allowed one entry in this event. 
  6. Beaver Creek Resort Company (BCRC) will provide the following: Big Green Egg, charcoal (pre-lit in cooker), 10’x10’ tent, 8’ table, 3 chairs,  9”x9” biodegradable entry container(s), any meat and/or side items to be prepared in the (3) hour time frame and ice (if deemed necessary).
  7. All preparation and assembly of entries will be performed on-site at the event beginning promptly at 11AM and ending at 2PM when entries are submitted for judging.
  8. Teams may provide any utensils, cooking tools or supplies deemed necessary during competition including, but not limited to, spices, rubs, sauces, grilling tools, butter, oils, herbs, wood chips, etc. unless specified otherwise within these rules and regulations. Teams are allowed to only use items that are brought with them to the event site on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 11AM.  This means that teams are not allowed to call or send out persons to bring additional supplies or items into the competition after being made aware of the item(s) to be prepared.
  9. All decisions, determinations and interpretations for the judging component of the 2017 Backyard BBQ Competition of the Blues, Brews and BBQ event will be made by BCRC and will be considered as being final.
  10. There will be one entry category judged at the  Backyard BBQ which includes MEAT with side items.  These will be presented to each team by the Beaver Creek Resort Company at 11AM on Sunday, May 28th. Actual items to remain undisclosed until 11AM on the day of the competition.  See note above:  Teams are not allowed to bring more items into the event after the announcement of the food items to be prepared.  In other words, if you feel you might need something for the competition, bring it with you initially.
  11. Teams must use all mystery ingredients in some capacity in their entry dish. Omitting any ingredients will be grounds for disqualification.
  12. It is the responsibility of the contestant to ensure that the team's assigned cooking space is kept clean during and following the contest. It is imperative that clean-up be thorough. Any team's assigned cooking space left in disarray or with loose trash, other than at trash containers, could lead to disqualification.  Please note that the maintenance of sanitation and hygiene are deemed necessary and are reasons for disqualification. Plastic food service gloves and a small bucket with sanitation related supplies will be provided to each team.
  13. A blind judging process will be utilized to determine first, second and third place winners. Judges will perform blind judging under the guidance of a BCRC judging coordinator. 
  14. The blind judging process will take place in a closed area, only accessible by those approved by BCRC.  This will include official barbecue judges, the judging coordinator, approved volunteers and designated BCRC personnel.  Photography or videotaping will only be allowed at the discretion of BCRC.  
  15. All scores that are given by judges will be used to determine winners. Scoring will carry equal weight values for the three categories of judging for each entry:  Appearance, Taste and Tenderness.  Scores will range from 10 (best) to 1 (worst), with 5 representing an average score.  
  16. Total points in each category will determine first, second and third place winners for each entry. Any tie in scores will be determined by a coin toss overseen by a BCRC official and the judging coordinator. 
  17. Garnish is optional as you deem appropriate to enhance the appearance of any entry item, but must fit completely into the entry container along with entries.
  18. Sauce is optional and if used should be applied directly to a meat entry without pooling of the sauce in the container.  Do not include any side sauce container(s) in the entry turn-in container.
  19. Each entry should provide at least six portions for judges which are detached and separated from one another.  Each entry should fit completely into the container provided by BCRC.
  20. Entries shall not be identifiable, i.e. nothing allowed except the entry and garnish as desired, without aluminum foil, toothpicks, or any other identifying markers.
  21. There will be no disqualification of an entry, unless determined by the judging coordinator in cases of late entries or those that pose a health hazard to the judges, i.e. undercooked, not enough pieces for six judges, identifying items in entry container, etc.  No markings other than those provided by BCRC are allowed on any entry container. 
  22. Turn-in by competitors is scheduled as follows for Sunday, May 28th: 2:00PM  - entries to the designated turn-in  area.
  23. All entries will be submitted in an approved BCRC 9”x9” biodegradable event container. These containers will be provided to contestants by BCRC.  Containers provided to BBQ competitors will be labeled by BCRC with team numbers and then renumbered after turn-in and prior to presentation to the judges.
  24. Winners will be announced at 4:10PM on the Main Stage in the Beaver Creek Plaza on Sunday, May 28th.
  25. Alcoholic beverages brought in from the outside are not permitted. If desired, contestants may purchase beverages from festival bars. Please note that disorderly conduct will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the venue and the competition.
  26. Please note that outside music will not be allowed in the event venue.


If you have any questions, please contact Pat Miller at 970-845-5293 or by email at pwmiller@bcresortco.com.



2017 BB&B Ticketed Events

PLEASE NOTE: You do NOT need a ticket to enter the festival and enjoy food & beverage vendors and free live music on the plaza! Tickets are only required for entry into the Microbrew Festival and for competitors in the Backyard BBQ Competition (spectating is free!). 





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