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Blues, Brews & Barbecue returns May 25-28

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BEAVER CREEK, Colorado – The ninth annual Blues, Brew and Barbecue Festival comes to Beaver Creek May 25-28. Top barbecue chefs from around the country join local chefs in serving up barbecue complemented by microbrews at the largest Colorado Microbrewery beer tasting. To make the most of the holiday weekend, organizers have added three new components: a Friday night welcome reception, a judged barbecue competition featuring $10,000 in prizes, and a Monday golf event.In addition, top blues performers The Delta Sonics, Rory Block and Clay McClinton will perform during the weekend. For the first time in Beaver Creek, barbecue masters will be competing for bragging rights and $10,000 in cash prizes. On Saturday, a panel of professional judges will rate pork dishes according to appearance, taste and tenderness. On Sunday, event attendees will determine the People’s Choice winners. Selected winners will be crowned Saturday and Sunday at 4:10 p.m. on the main stage in Beaver Creek Plaza.Kid Zones will be open from 12-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday providing activities and arts and crafts designed for kids 12 and under. On May 25 celebrate the Memorial Day weekend at the new Welcome Reception, which will be held at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek from 5-6 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person.The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek hosts the largest exclusively Colorado Microbrewery Beer Tasting in the state from 1-5 p.m. May 26. Featuring more than 80 special concoctions from 35 Colorado-based breweries, participants also receive a commemorative tasting mug. Advance tickets are $35 per person and will be $40 per person at the door.For more information about Blues, Brews and Barbecue and Beaver Creek’s complete summer event lineup, visit http://www.beavercreek.com.