Gettin’ Sauced makes festivals comfortable
The 2014 Gettin’ Sauced event is supposed to be a barbecue sauce competition. Turns out, it’s much more than that.
For starters, it was held at Shady Springs just east of the Austin airport. This seemingly hidden venue welcomed guests with lush, green grass, plenty of room to walk around, great weather and a perfectly sized crowd.
Austin, and central Texas itself, is becoming a bit of a hub when it comes to barbecue and beer- but unlike some of the other food festivals around town, Gettin’ Sauced was quite accommodating to the crowd that showed up.
Here’s the thing: It’s a free event. If you want to come hang out and listen to great music, you don’t have to pay a dime. If you wanted to eat some barbecue, $15 was the entry free. For $35 (both presell prices), you were allowed early entry and received a swag bag.
For that price and the amount of food that was available, it was definitely a bargain. That’s not a review, that’s plain fact.
Three beer tickets were available as well for patrons getting wristbands. Breweries included Texas favorites like, Saint Arnold, Circle Brewing, Independence Brewing Co., Middleton Brewing, South Austin Brewery, Revolver, Austin EastCiders, and even Cuvee Coffee showed up. ( To great acclaim, mind you).
For barbecue options, some of the biggest names in the industry came to show their stuff. The sauce competition gave a good reason for some predominantly brisket purveyors to show off some other talents. Take Snow’s BBQ for example. Though the reputation they hold is impeccable, owner Kerry Bexley still felt the need to inform guests why they only brought turkey. “We were going to bring brisket, but this is a sauce competition. Our brisket doesn’t need sauce, so we brought turkey.” Indeed.
In it’s fifth year, the Gettin’ Sauce event is definitely a break from the norm. Family-friendly, accessible and affordable- it’s a great time.
Check out the photo gallery and let us know if you went, and if so- what you thought!