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August festivals for meat lovers

August 5, 2011

BBQ is like chocolate for men. -Anthony Bourdain

Summer months are the best times to experience outdoor BBQ festivals.  When I think barbecue, I picture brisket, ribs, pork butt, or even sausages, all which are a vegetarian/vegan’s worst nightmare.  Whether it is a cookoff, competition, challenge, or a bonanza, it is a great place to try some of the best BBQ and sample the different preparations.

If you live in Northern California, check out Vacaville’s 4th Annual Rib and Chili Challenge on Saturday, August 6. Enjoy the competition, music, and foods.  On August 27th, combine music, bbq, and beer in Napa’s Blues, Brews, and BBQ.  Listen to the blues in three different stages, enjoy the 20 micro-brewed beers, and eat all things barbeque.

Towards the southern part of the state on the first week of August, Vista celebrates their 3rd Annual BBQ Competition.  Watch 45 teams prepare tasty dishes and sample some of the best BBQ in town.  Enjoy Korean BBQ in Los Angeles’ 3rd Annual Korean BBQ Cookoff where the top restaurants around the area showcase their Korean BBQ.  On August 18-21, experience the “largest drinkin’, dancin’, bbq-eatin” Festival in Orange County’s BBQ bonanza. Or travel away from the big cities, and head towards Cherry Valley for the 2nd Annual Sausage and Beer Festival.  It is an event for the whole family to enjoy many activities, taste a variety of sausages and sample German and American beers.  To balance all this meat, I will be following up with a fruit and veggie festival post.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 4:31 pm

    I would encourage anyone and everybody to attend and support at least one of these fantastic American fesitvals if you’re within traveling distance. It’s important to celebrate America!

    • August 6, 2011 11:22 am

      Definatley! Most of them are free to attend. Some people just simply enjoy the picnic-like atmosphere outdoors and listen to the music. Thanks Patricia!


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