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Big Bear Hosts Memorial Day Weekend Experience with the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival & Competition

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Come celebrate with the bears.

Big Bear Lake, California - Get ready to fire up your taste buds and enjoy the ultimate Memorial Day Weekend experience with the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival & Competition in Big Bear, California. This two-day event, taking place on May 28th and 29th, will feature a KCBS championship and People's Choice Award competition that will put grill-masters to the test in Brisket, Pork Butt, Pork Ribs, and Chicken categories.

The People's Choice contest will be held both Saturday and Sunday, allowing attendees to vote for their favorite grill team. And for those who want to join the KCBS competition, add your spatula to the mix and enter your grill team for a chance to win.

But what is a BBQ without a beer in hand? The Grill & Chill BBQ Festival & Competition will also feature a two-day beer tasting festival with over 40 breweries lined up to give attendees a sample pour of their craft beers, special brews, and brand favorites. Raise a sampler and sip to Memorial Day Weekend and all the servicemen and women who defend us every day. Participating breweries include Big Bear Lake Brewing Company, Bottle Logic Brewing Company, and Coronado Brewing Company.

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Grilling competition.

Families are welcome too, as the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival & Competition is a family-friendly event with a Kids Zone featuring a range of activities, including bounce houses, balloon animals, climbing wall, and face painting.

"We are excited to welcome visitors to Big Bear for the ultimate Memorial Day Weekend experience," said Theodore Trentman, spokesperson for "From the grill competition and beer festival to the Kids Zone, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Come join us and celebrate the start of summer in Big Bear, California!" Festival Details

Dates: Sat & Sun, May 27 & 28, 2023 Location: 630 Bartlett Road in The Village at Big Bear Lake Hours: 10 AM – 5 PM both days Tickets: Pre-purchase food & drink tickets or purchase at the event.

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Face painting for the kids.

For ticketing and information on the Grill & Chill BBQ Festival & Competition, click here.


Theodore Trentman




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