Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival

What could be better than eating chili and drinking beer for a worthy charitable cause? The fifth annual Sacramento Beer and Chili Festival is this Saturday, April 16 at Roosevelt Park (1615 9th Street), and it’s put on by the local nonprofit organization Sacramento Artists Council, Inc., who raise funds to support a variety of arts and music programs in local schools, in addition to doing many other great things for the local arts community. The event will feature a competitive chili cook-off with four categories (Individual, Industry, Vegetarian and Brewers), beer tastings from more than 20 local and regional brewers and live musical performances by local groups The California Stars and The Bitter Diamonds. Just some of the local restaurants involved will be Hook and Ladder Manufacturing Co. and Willie’s Burgers (both winners from last year), plus Dad’s Kitchen, Sacto Popuptruck and others. Gates open at noon if you’ve got a VIP ticket, otherwise get there at 1 p.m. To buy tickets and get more information, visit

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