Looking for something fun to do in uptown Charlotte? Check out the Southern Sauce and Beerfest at the BB&T Ball Park.
I love Charlotte, NC. When Handyman Tim and I chose this city to be our new hometown, we were thrilled that it has such a vibrant uptown area: great restaurants, tons of sporting events, and fantastic festivals throughout the year. There is so much to do in uptown and yet in our three years here, we've barely scratched the surface when it comes to sampling the offerings.
I was thrilled when the North Carolina Bloggers Network reached out and asked Tim and I to go check out the Southern Sauce and Beerfest that happened over this last weekend. DATE NIGHT! In UPTOWN! How fun to finally have a solid excuse for getting out on the weekend.
This was our first time attending the festival. The Southern Sauce fest happens right outside of the BB&T Charlotte Knight's baseball stadium. BBQ food trucks line up and the street is filled with the most amazing smells and plenty of good grill smoke.
Everyone grabbed their favorites and then snagged a little picnic spot on the open grassy spaces right behind the trucks. I loved the gorgeous views of the Charlotte sky line, it's one of my favorite things about our city. While you're enjoying the festival, you're right smack dab in the center of uptown and the views are gorgeous.
Every kind of BBQ was available along with some great options for a tasty treat after dinner. I would kill for one of those apple beignets right now!
The highlight of our evening was attending the Beerfest inside the stadium. While the Southern Sauce fest is free and open to the public, to attend the Beerfest you need tickets to enter the event. It's for those 21 years and older because once you've got your magic wristband and a sample cup, you have access to unlimited beer tasting from over 200 microbrews!
The brewers were set up all along the hallways of the stadium. Each one had 2-4 options for tasting. We made our way around the circle. Twice!
It was great seeing local North Carolina brewers along with some of our favorites from the midwest! Tim insisted on saying hi to the Pabst Blue Ribbon folks and I swooned over their Not Your Father's Root Beer.
But honestly, the true winner of the evening in my opinion was the tart cherry cider from Noble Hard Cider in Asheville. It was the only sample I insisted on having seconds. I plan on hunting them down locally asap.
What did this German Milwaukee-raised lady's heart good was seeing men wearing lederhosen and several festival goers wearing these hysterical pretzel necklaces! One part palate cleanser, one part sobriety helper: the pretzel necklaces were for the hardcore. Love it!! As the sun went down, the fun kept going. At 8pm we were entertained by the Gin Blossoms. There were no bad seats and plenty of room for the concert which was included with the festival ticket. As we sat in the comfy stadium seats with our beer and cider samples and listened to the music while gazing at the gorgeous Charlotte city skyline, I couldn't help but think this is the perfect date night for early fall. We had a blast and would love to go again next year!
You won't want to miss the Southern Sauce and Beerfest next year.