San Diego Brew & Food Festival: 70+ Breweries, 20+ Restaurants

The craft beer and culinary event begins at 2 p.m. on Aug. 29 at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego's Embarcadero area

San Diego’s rich food and craft beer scene will take the spotlight Saturday at Waterfront Park for the first-ever San Diego Brew & Food Festival (BFF).

The large-scale, inaugural culinary event at 1600 Pacific Highway in downtown San Diego will feature over 70 independent craft breweries pouring sudsy samples of more than 200 beers and more than 20 local chefs preparing unique, gastropub-style dishes.

The 21+ event is produced by big-time festival innovators, Motley Brews. Organizers say proceeds will benefit the San Diego Coastkeeper and its mission to protect waters in San Diego County.

According to organizers, participating craft breweries on deck for the BFF include local favorites like Stone Brewing Co.; Pizza Port Brewing Company; AleSmith Brewing Company; Modern Times Beer; The Lost Abbey; Coronado Brewing Company; Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits; and Green Flash, to name a few.

As for food, chefs will whip up items that pair perfectly with the craft brews on tap. Participating BFF eateries include Biergarden out of Encinitas and The Regal Seagull Alehouse and Sausage Grill.

Biergarden, for instance, plans to dish out Short Rib Mac ‘N’ Cheese and Mahi Ceviche, while The Regal Seagull plans to serve its Smoked Beer (Pork), Hungarian Kolbasz and Chicken Diablo specials.

Tickets into BFF fall under three categories: beer tasting tickets, early entry and “Mad Craft VIP” passes. Beer tasting tickets are valid from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $45 per person in advance and $50 at the door. Early entry tickets get you in at 2 p.m. and cost $55 to $60 a pop.

The Mad Craft VIP pass gets you access to both beer and food samples from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and cost $105 in advance per person, and $110 at the door.

Four Mad Craft VIP chefs are slated to throw down their best recipes for patrons with these passes, including Chef Javier Plascencia, who’s preparing Carrot Agua Chile boasting local ghost peppers and fresh seafood, and a Summer Vegetable Tostada with local ingredients.

In addition to lots of food and beer, festival attendees will also be treated to live music throughout the day on the main stage. The "Silent Disco Dome" will feature DJs spinning and provide patrons with a place to boogie to the beat.

For more details on the Brew & Food Fest, visit the event website.

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