Beaver Creek Kicks off Summer Season With 4th Annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue Festival, May 26-27

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April 26, 2007

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (Vail Resorts Press Release)—The Blues, Brews and BBQ festival in Beaver Creek has become the unofficial start to summer and barbecue season in the mountains. Savor creations from some of the nation's top barbecue chefs and enjoy live Blues music. The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek presents the state's largest exclusively Colorado Microbrewery Beer Tasting. The festival takes place over Memorial Weekend, May 26-27, 2007.

"Beaver Creek's Blues, Brews and BBQ festival is a fitting start to the summer season in the Colorado Rocky Mountains," said Tony O'Rourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company. "Enjoying time outdoors - taking in an open-air concert, feasting on mouth-watering barbecue, savoring a cold Colorado brew - offers a true summer mountain experience."

The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek hosts the largest exclusively Colorado Microbrewery Beer Tasting in the state from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The Tasting features more than 100 special concoctions from 30 Colorado-based breweries. Tickets are $35 per person in advance or $40 per person at the door. Call 970-949-1234 for ticket information.

Participating restaurants include Fiorella's Jack Stack of Kansas City, MO; Smokin' Guns of Kansas City, MO; Pink Flamingo of Ft. Smith, AR; Q of Albuquerque, NM; Smokey D's of Des Moines, IA; Dr. BBQ of Lakeland, FL; Sweet Mama's BBQ of Westminster, Colo.; Over the Fence BBQ of Thorton, Colo.; Moe's BBQ of Eagle , Colo.; and Kirby Cosmo's BBQ Bar of Minturn, Colo. Several Beaver Creek restaurants will also participate.

Blues performers Ron Thompson, Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and Joe Bonamassa will rock the outdoor plaza both days from Noon- 6 p.m. Cooking demonstrations and kids' activities will also entertain festival attendees. Scenic chairlift rides will be offered from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. from May 26-28. Kids under 12 ride the lift for free when accompanied by a paying adult.

Blues, Brews and Barbecue Package
One and two night packages are available, making this the perfect Memorial Day weekend getaway. The overnight package includes, per person:

oOne or two nights accommodations at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
o2 entry tickets into the Blues, Brews and Barbecue Microbrew Tasting
o2 tasting mugs for use at the Microbrew tasting

Rates start at $179 per room; two night packages are available at $289. Offer is valid May 25-27, 2007 subject to availability. Price does not include food concessions. To book this package, please visit parkhyattbeavercreek.com or call 866-471-7658.

The Blues, Blues and BBQ festival offers free admission. Food and beverages are available for purchase. For more information and additional lodging packages, visit beavercreek.com or call 970-845-9090.

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