Local Restaurants & Craft Beers Help Create A Fun And Lively Festival
The bite had some bark.
Bite at the Beach, the annual pairing of local restaurants with craft beers, live music and a classy and lively South Bay crowd, served up a sensational event in 2017.
Held on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the MBS Campus – a TV and movie studio lot in Manhattan Beach, CA, which many locals still call Raleigh Studios – Bite At The Beach left people buzzing as much from the event itself as from the beers from the dozen-plus breweries.
While these festivals are nothing new to the South Bay, Bite At The Beach stood out because of its unique location and unique offerings – cigars, a saxaphone player leaning against a New York street scene and even a free nose wax from a Manhattan Beach business called Human Landscaping.
There were also live broadcasts provided by LA Talk Radio, including an interview with PubClub.com.
The food was also so abundant and terrific that it was difficult to get a big buzz on even with all those beers (plus some wines), so by the end of the day the people were in a reasonable state of mind instead of their usual loopy post-festival demeanor.
It was hard to pick out a star among the foods, but the sliders from Simmzy’s and the tri-tip from Shade Hotel’s Zinc lounge certainly stood out but for me the Academy Award winner on this movie lot was the brisket & BBQ from Bristol Farms.
The beers ranged from creative to craft lagers. Absolution brewery even sat people down at a pop-up bar and served up a five-course food-and-beer pairing.
Ironically, the lines for the food were almost always longer than that of the beers, even at the end of the event. That’s unusual for any festival with so many beers and unheard of in the drinks-consuming South Bay.
As the event wound down, several people told PubClub how impressed they were with it. It was fun, it was classy and it was entertaining.
It sold out a few days ahead of time, but look for next year’s event to be one the most sought-after tickets in town.