Boardwalk Bites & Brews Food Festival

Boardwalk Bites & Brews

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Our newest food festival celebrates everyone's favorite amusement park foods paired with Santa Cruz County's best craft beers!

Local brewers have been challenged to select (or brew up) a beer that best complements a Boardwalk menu item. With foods ranging from corn dogs and garlic fries to crepes and chocolate-covered bacon, the intriguing combinations offer a little something for everyone.

Meet local brewers, taste great food and sample an impressive list of more than two dozen local craft beers.



  • VIP Passport Lanyard
  • $25 MyBoardwalk Card (good for rides, games, arcades, and attractions)
  • Bites & Brews T-shirt 
  • Bites & Brews Trucker Hat 
  • 6 Food Samples
  • 8 Beer Tastes*
  • Bites & Brews Tasting Tumbler (plastic)
  • "Best Pairing" Ballot


  • Passport Lanyard
  • 6 Food Samples
  • 6 Beer Tastes*
  • Bites & Brews Tasting Tumbler (plastic)
  • "Best Pairing" Ballot

BEER ONLY - $16 (no pre-sales)

  • 4 Beer Tastes*

FOOD SAMPLES - $4 (no pre-sales)

  • 1 Food Sample

Online sales start in August.

* All beer tastes are 4oz, and must be purchased online or at a Boardwalk ticket booth—no sales at the beer tasting booths.

Boardwalk Bites and Brews Logo

Event Schedule

10:30am: Ticketing and Will Call opens
11:00am: Park opens—beer tasting/food samples open
Band performances at two stages in the park
4:00pm: Beer taste SALES end, individual food samples still can be purchased
5:00pm: Beer tasting closes
6:00pm: "Best Pairing" awarded to a brewery at Neptune's Stage
8:00pm: Park closes, food samples close

Featured Breweries


  • Breweries subject to change.
  • Beer tastes available while supplies last, purchase passport ahead!
  • IDs WILL BE CHECKED and "21+ tasting wristbands" will be provided at Boardwalk ticket booths
  • All beer tastes must be purchased online or at a Boardwalk ticket booth—no sales at the beer tasting booths.
  • Please don't drink and drive. Use Uber, Lyft, taxi, or contact a sober driver.
  • All Passports include a "Best Pairing" ballot to be given to the brewery that paired one of their beers with their specific Boardwalk food the best! The winning brewery will receive $500—so cast your vote wisely!


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