Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito expanded its flagship Southern California event to two days (April 6 & 7) in 2019, and the 6th annual festival brought 20,000 fans to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA for a weekend of craft beer sampling, gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling, and music from The Offspring, Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Descendents, Black Flag, Face To Face and more.
Multiple world record holder Takeru Kobayashi proved himself as the reigning champion, successfully defending his Gringo Bandito Chronic Tacos Eating Championship title yet again on Sunday, despite stiff competition from Molly Schuyler.Kobayashi devoured 157 tacos in 10 minutes – just shy of his 2017 world record-setting total of 159 – to earn his 9th consecutive championship, edging out Schuyler, who set a personal best, downing 146 tacos. The record was made official, and documented by Corey Henderson, CEO of RecordSetter.com, the new authority for world records.
Sabroso attendees got in on the taco eating action as well, enjoying tacos from a variety of Southern California’s best vendors, including the Sabroso Best Of Show taco from Pink Taco (poached octopus taco with chorizo, potatoes, onion, and peppers) and runners up from Fiesta Gourmet (fried beer battered shrimp taco over a bed of pickled cabbage, topped with two salsas) and Sol Agave (slow-roasted pork belly taco with tomato mint slaw and fresh pineapple). Attendees also had a chance to sample (and top their tacos) with all flavors of Gringo Bandito – Dexter Holland of The Offspring’s award-winning hot sauce – including the debut of the new Spicy Yellow sauce, the 4th in a lineup that also includes green, red and super hot.
Attendees 21+ complemented their tacos with complimentary samples of over 150 craft beers each day until 4pm, from world-renowned Russian River Brewing to local favorites including Artifex Brewing Company, Burgeon Beer Co., Wild Barrel, and more, to exciting newcomers like The Shop Beer Co. and Papa Marce’s Cerveceria.
The full music lineup for Sabroso at Doheny State Beach included Flogging Molly, Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Strung Out, The Suicide Machines, Adolescents and D.I. on Saturday and The Offspring, Descendents, Black Flag, Face To Face, Plague Vendor, Red City Radio and Orange Blossom Special on Sunday. In addition, fans were entertained throughout the weekend by Lucha Libre style wrestling matches with renowned luchadors including Cesar Gonzalez (Silver King) — widely known for his role as Ramses, the villain wrestling champion in the film Nacho Libre (starring Jack Black) – who returned to Sabroso to reclaim histitle as of “King Of The Ring.”
In the Orange County Register [April 7, 2019], Kelli Skye Fadroski wrote of Sabroso’s first day: “Though there is live punk rock music courtesy of D.I., Adolescents, The Suicide Machines, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Bad Religion and Flogging Molly, the tacos were also a pretty big deal. There was something for every palate with a variety of fish, beef, pork, chicken and vegan options served up in ways that ran wild in the imaginations of chefs from all over Southern California…For the first few hours of theSabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival…the focus is on the craft beer…it’s a true education and exploration into a variety of styles of craft beer.” Steve D’Onofrio of OC Weekly proclaimed, “With craft beer tasting, taco eating contests, and lucha libre wrestling matches, Sabroso is truly one of a kind” [April 9, 2019].
Watch a recap of Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival powered by Gringo Bandito at Doheny State Beach here:
Saturday, April 6: https://www.facebook.com/sabrosotacofest/videos/375936926587983/
Sunday, April 7: https://www.facebook.com/sabrosotacofest/videos/2182557721825260/
Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival heads next to Utah State Fairpark in Salt Lake City, UT (April 27) and Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Denver, CO (April 28) for single day events featuring craft beer sampling, gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling, and music from The Offspring, Sum 41 (Salt Lake City), Bad Religion (Denver), The Vandals, Black Flag,Strung Out and Dwarves. Tickets for both shows are on sale now at www.SabrosoTacoFest.com.
Sabroso is produced by premier music festival production company Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) and California’s most successful and respected craft beer festival producer Brew Ha Ha Productions.
A portion of the proceeds from Sabroso will be donated to the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. Sabroso also partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, who are known for providing strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for youth facing adversity.
Sponsors for Sabroso Craft Beer, Taco & Music Festival include: Rockstar Energy Drink, Milagro Tequila, Gringo Bandito, and many more. Sponsor activations vary by market.