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Memorial Day weekend: Blues, Brew and BBQ at Beaver Creek

Blues, Brew and BBQ are the big Bs Memorial Day weekend at Beaver Creek, plus a whole lot more.
Blues, Brew and BBQ are the big Bs Memorial Day weekend at Beaver Creek, plus a whole lot more.Beaver Creek Resort

Beaver Creek Resort will host the 11th annual Blues, Brew and BBQ Festival over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Top barbecue chefs from around the state join local chefs in serving up barbecue with microbrews at what Beaver Creek touts as one of the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tastings.

The Blues, Brews & BBQ weekend’s free concert highlights include Grammy Award winner Charlie Musselwhite, New Orleans star Mia Borders and the Chicago blues, swing and boogie specialists Erik Boa & The Constrictors, all performing live on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25.

On Saturday, May 24, the professional barbeque competition consists of barbecue masters who will smoke, grill and roast meat and vegetable creations and compete for bragging rights with $10,000 in cash prizes on the line.

A panel of professional judges will rate pork ribs, chicken and sides based on appearance, taste and tenderness. The winners will be announced on the Main Stage in Beaver Creek Village later the same day. You can join in the judging and text your vote on Saturday and Sunday to determine the People’s Choice winner for Best Barbecue Vendor. Winners of the People’s Choice Competition will be announced on Sunday, May 25 on the Main Stage in Beaver Creek Village.

A Kids Zone will be open from 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday providing activities and arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. At noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, Beaver Creek’s signature Culinary Demonstration Series kick off for the summer season, providing complimentary barbecue demonstrations from guest and local chefs.

Sunday’s Big Green Egg Backyard BBQ Amateur Competition returns for its second year, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fifteen teams of one to three amateurs will receive a mystery grilling meat and side dish items to design and prepare in three hours using a Big Green Egg grill. A panel of professional judges will determine the winner. The event takes place at Centennial Park behind the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa. The winning team will receive a Big Green Egg grill valued at $1,049. Registration for the amateur competition is $75 per team and teams can sign up online at www.beavercreek.com/bbb.

The Blues, Brews & BBQ event offers free admission to Beaver Creek Village and food and beverage are available for purchase. Ticketed events include:

Microbrew Festival
Running from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, May 24, the Microbrew Festival features more than 80 special concoctions from 30 Colorado-based breweries. You can purchase advance tickets online at www.beavercreek.com/bbb for $40 per person or at the door for $50 per person. Participants receive a commemorative tasting mug and all beer tastings are included. The event will be held outdoors at Centennial Park behind the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa.

3rd Annual Cut and Slice Golf Event benefitting Can Do Multiple Sclerosis
Back for its third year, the Cut & Slice Golf Event presented by US Bank takes place on Monday, May 26 at the Beaver Creek Golf Club from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A shotgun start opens the day and golfers will also enjoy barbecue and craft beers around the course.

Multiple competitions will take place along the golf course, including longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one challenge. Rates are $110 per player before Tuesday, May 6 and $125 per player starting Wednesday, May 7. Rates include greens fee, golf cart, practice balls, tee gift and barbecue and beer on the course.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Can Do Multiple Sclerosis’ lifestyle empowerment programs for people living with MS and their support partners. Reservations can be made by calling the Beaver Creek Golf Club at 970-754-6212 or golfers may register online at www.beavercreek.com/bbb.

Lodging
Beaver Creek’s Summer Escape lodging features at a variety of properties starting at $102 per night based upon availability and timeframe. This offer is also valid for stay throughout the summer and fall until Nov. 24. Minimum length of stay and blackout dates may apply. Featured rates do not include taxes, gratuities, or resort fees, and additional restrictions may apply. Book online at www.beavercreek.com or call 877-204-7883.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is offering a Blues, Brews & BBQ package starting at $169 per night and includes one ticket to the Microbrew Festival for each person on the package along with a souvenir tasting mug. For more information, visit www.beavercreek.hyatt.com.

For more information about Blues, Brews & BBQ and to see additional events at Beaver Creek this summer, visit www.beavercreek.com.