Chefs Javier Plascencia & Chad White Headline 2nd Annual San Diego Brew & Food Festival On Saturday, June 4 | Save On Passes & Enter To Win Tickets

May 17, 2016

The Brew & Food Festival is coming back to America's Finest City for a second round of craft beer and culinary collisions, taking place on Saturday, June 4, from 3-6:30pm at the beautiful Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego. This year's event will feature more than 200 seasonal and specialty craft beers from 70 breweries, dozens of beer-inspired and infused dishes from 20 accomplished chefs (including celebrity chefs Javier Plascencia and the return of Top Chef contestant Chad White), two stages for live music and chef demonstrations, and activities like the silent disco dome. We are raffling off 2 VIP tickets to attend and also offering promo code SDVILLE for $5 savings on any ticket type (limited to first 100 tickets purchased so act fast!).

The San Diego Brew & Food Festival is organized by Motley Brews, a team of event professionals and craft beer enthusiasts behind some of Las Vegas's biggest events, including the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, The Las Vegas Downtown Brew Festival and the culinary portion of the Life Is Beautiful Festival. Motley Brews events have raised over $75,000 for charities since their founding in 2011.

"Our goal in year two of Brew & Food Festival is to focus more attention on unique collisions between craft beer and culinary worlds," explains Brian Chapin, founder of Motley Brews and mastermind behind Brew & Food Festival. "We are thrilled to be working with legendary local chefs Javier Plascencia and Chad White for this year's installment. We’re also amping up the entertainment with multiple stages showcasing live music performances, chef demonstrations, pop­ up culinary surprises and the silent disco dome.” 

Confirmed breweries participating in the Brew & Food Festival so far include AleSmith Brewery, Alpine Beer Company, Culture Brewing Co., Great Divide, Green Flash, Fall Brewing Company, Latitude 33 Brewing Co., Mike Hess Brewing, Thirty-Two-North Brewing Co., The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Co., Pizza Port, Pure Project/Pure Brewing, and many more.

Fresh off a stellar T​op Chef Season 13 performance, C​hef Chad White​will return to his roots in San Diego to bring his unique Baja-inspired flavor to this year's Brew & Food Festival. He will join Tijuana native and celebrity Chef Javier Plascencia of Bracero Cocina​ in creating beer­ inspired dishes for the Mad Craft VIP area, cooking side­-by­-side and serving complimentary small plates fresh from the Mad Craft kitchen for all VIP ticketholders. Underground tastemaker C​hef Justin Kingsley Hall,​ owner of the cult­ sensation SLO­-Boy i​n Las Vegas, will make several appearances in pop­ up tastings throughout the festival.

All three celebrity chefs will also make appearances on the festival’s Culinary Stage​ for cooking demos of original, beer­-inspired dishes, where they will share samples and discuss flavors and techniques with the audience.

Leading San Diego eateries like S​alt & Cleaver,​ S​alud,​ and S​&M Sausage & Meat,​ along with several other local restaurants will also bring gourmet gastronomy to the masses. Festival­ goers can expect culinary specialties such as exotic game meats, charcuterie, chicken and waffle bites, and duck and bacon sausages. They'll also be surprised with gourmet tastings from local boutiques such as chocolate samplings, cheeses and more.

Brew and Food Festival also brings an extensive lineup to two music stages with headliner E​lektric Voodoo, featuring Scott Tournet (formerly of G​race Potter & The Nocturnals),​ and local favorites Grizzly Business, GrooveSession, Trevor Green, Casey Turner, Jonny Tarr​and and more. In addition to the live stage acts, the Silent Disco Dome will feature dueling DJs Shell Shock and Yodah, on separate channels, so dancers can choose between grooves in real time. Musical artist, Jonny Tarr, will jump between channels to layer in some electric saxophone and other unique instrumentals.

Tickets for the Brew & Food Festival are available online for $40 for General Admission, $50 for Early Entry (2pm entry), and $80 for Mad Craft VIP. Promo code SDVILLE saves $5 per ticket on any ticket type, but the code is limited to only the first 100 tickets purchased. The Mad Craft VIP ticket gives holders early entry to the event and access to a special section of the festival featuring limited-release brews, innovative beer pairings, and complimentary craft beer-inspired dishes crafted by celebrity chefs. All other tickets included unlimited beer samples and access to the festival, with food available for purchase. A portion of festival proceeds benefit San Diego Coastkeeper in their mission to protect and restore fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego County.

For more information on the San Diego Brew & Food Festival and to purchase tickets, visit