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A Cowabunga Preview: Beer 'N BBQ

A look at the 'cue gods and beer masters suiting up for our annual food festival.

By Allecia Vermillion September 20, 2018

Not pictured: So much beer.

As we close in on this year’s Cowabunga (it's October 5–7), Seattle Met’s annual three-day food festival, Team Nosh Pit will begin sharing details from each of the weekend's four mega events, designed to celebrate a particular aspect of food in the Northwest.

First up, Beer ‘N BBQ happens Saturday, October 6 from 12 to 3pm. The name pretty much gives away what we’re about here. Some eminent beef hands will set up in our massive South Lake Union tent to serve up meat cooked low and slow, and perhaps a few grilled items along the way. Our barbecue aces include food truck–turned–obsession Wood Shop BBQ, the hospitable Emma's BBQ, maker of wicked-good homespun side dishes to go with its sterling smoked meats, and Jack's BBQ, which is as close a thing as Seattle has to a barbecue kingpin. Pike Pub and Tankard and Tun will add to the meaty goodness and three fine meat purveyors—Snake River, Painted Hills, and Country Natural—will also be grilling up a storm.

Oh, and the beer half of the equation? Our participating breweries run a nice gamut, from the way experimental, way cool Mollusk to stalwart Pike Brewing, the fine folks at Lagunitas, and one of my Oregon favorites, Pelican. My colleague-in-arms, Rosin Saez, and I will help judge the best bite, best beer, and best pairing competitions. 

All this, plus cool culinary demos, live music, and a generally laid back Saturday afternoon vibe. Tickets are $55; get after them right over here. 

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