This festival has already passed.
The Los Angeles BBQ Festival is happening this weekend (May 9 & 10) in the parking lot right next to the Santa Monica Pier. The tickets cost you $10 per day or $50 dollars for the VIP Pass. The VIP pass guarantees access to “express” lines, admission for the weekend and a couple of other items. I’ve seen tickets online for as low as $36 for the VIP tickets, so you may want to Google or Yahoo! “Los Angeles BBQ Festival” if you do plan to go.
This is the second year for this event and it seems like they are addressing many of the problems that they had last year. I didn’t go to last year’s Los Angeles BBQ Festival, but I did speak with some folks who did, and they described it with simply two words… “long lines.” They had too many visitors and not enough vendors. Many of the vendors were local restaurants, which seems odd to pay $10 per person for admission to a local restaurant. This year they have more vendors.
In case you were wondering, this isn’t the only BBQ event this weekend. The Wishland foundation will be having their annual Que’n for Kids BBQ Competition at the Orange County Fairgrounds, which is a sanctioned event by The California BBQ Association and Kansas City BBQ Society (more on this in my next post).
BBQ JUNKIE TIPS:
– If you do go, get there early so that you can avoid the lines. The first hour, from noon to 1pm, is available open only to pre-purchased tickets, general admission is after that.
– Avoid the local restaurants (you can always drive over and visit them later). This is a good opportunity to try out some really good BBQ. I do have a friend that is going, specifically for one of the Texas pit masters that will be there.
– Get your mother some really nice flowers to help explain how you blew her off on Mother’s Day. Or, you can just buy her a ticket and take her.
-If you do go, let me know your thoughts.