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When the scent of blooming cherry blossoms fade into the hickory sweet aroma of mouth-watering BBQ, it’s time for the area’s tastiest summer celebration, The Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest presented by Sedition Brewing Co. and The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce.

The family-friendly event occurring on June 16 at Lewis and Clark Park Festival Park will include a BBQ cooking competition, tasting opportunities, BBQ-related products, PNW Craft Beer tent, beer yoga, on-site vendors, live entertainment, backyard games and a kids’ zone. The Gorge Hops and Hogs Fest promises to pair the lure of fire-roasted cooking with good, old-fashioned competition.

Local grillers are encouraged to join in on the fun! There will be Beef Tri-Tip and Pork Rib competitions. A panel of celebrity grillers will judge the competition and awards will be presented to the best of the best. The competitive spirit will be the backbone of this tribute to the great American pastime. There are some great prizes, A Traeger Grill from TumALum Lumber will be the People’s Choice prize, The Grand Champion will win a guided fishing trip from Outcatching.com with rooms provided by Cousins’ Country Inn plus goodies from Columbia River Knife and Tool. To register for the BBQ Competition, visit www.gorgehopsandhogs.com.

For those looking to sample barbecue fare, the competition includes People’s Choice judging. Purchase as many tickets as you like for $1 each and cast your vote. One ticket equals one vote. It’s an opportunity for you to pick your favorites and cheer them on.

Another option for attendees is to purchase a commemorative mug and tokens for the Hops tent, which is open to anyone over the age of 21. Tickets to the Hops Tent are available in advance online at www.gorgehopsandhogs.com. They will also be sold at the event for $20.

A portion of the proceeds from this years’ event benefit the Columbia Gorge Veterans Museum. The museum will be hosting a new car show ‘All Hail to the Jeep’ on Sunday, June 17, with music by “Got Your Six ~ The Veterans Band”.

We’ve got a great sponsorship package and welcome any businesses that would like to be a part of our newest signature event. It’s a great opportunity for exposure and to be a part of a worthy cause.

Come out and join us for a great time, eat some BBQ, cheer on the teams, play our many family-friendly games, drink some beer and shop with the vendors! Admission to the event site is free.

Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 16, 2018
8:30a.m.- 9:30 a.m. — BBQ Team Check-in
9:00 a.m. — BBQ Challenge Kicks Off
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. — Beer Yoga
11:30 a.m. — Kids’ Zone Open
12:00 p.m. — Craft Beer Tent Open
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — People’s Choice Judging
3:00 p.m. — Tri-tip Judging
3:30 p.m. — Ribs Judging
4:45 p.m. — BBQ Challenge Awards Ceremony
6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m. Live Music from Sundiver
8:30 p.m. — Beer & Food Vendors Close

For more information on this event, visit www.gorgehopsandhogs.com or contact Camille Terry at camille@thedalleschamber.com or 541-296-2231. Stay informed of the latest event updates by following The Gorge Hops and Hogs on Facebook.

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