If you missed the glory that was Meat Fight last year, it was probably because you hesitated and debated whether you should spend your hard-earned loot on tickets. The answer was obviously yes, but that momentary hesitation cost you because tickets sold out in minutes. Meat Fight, a barbecue competition and meat dream that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, is a small event that’s very in demand. Make sure you have your credit cards ready before tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. October 5.
General admission tickets to this year’s event run $95, with VIP admission $175. If either of those numbers sounds high, you should know that every penny of the ticket price goes to the cause. Chefs donate their time, meat purveyors like Local Yocal, 44 Farms and Rudolph’s donate the meat, and Alice "The Cheap Bastard" Laussade literally donates a whole Alice so that every dollar raised through ticket sales will go to help fighting multiple sclerosis.
You also get a lot of meat for your money. Basic math says that four teams multiplied by four meats equals 16 delicious tasting opportunities, and folks from Dude, Sweet Chocolate; Hypnotic Donuts; TJ’s Seafood; Pop Star; Garden Café; Noble Coyote and Swiss Pastry Shop will be there with plenty of other delicious things to help you temper your meat sweats.
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And then there’s Meat Midway, a meat-themed collection of games and activities you can use to burn some calories to aid your consumption of even more meat. Picture Bacon Skee-Ball and Meat Toss, along with meat caricatures and pictures with Meat Santa. Meat Santa, people!
If you’re just now starting to get the sense that Meat Fight isn’t like a typical charity event, then you obviously haven’t been reading the Cheap Bastard’s work at The Observer for the past decade. Meat Fight started out as a backyard keg party, where a bunch of novices battled it out in categories including brisket and pie. Last year, Meat Fight raised $100,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and if anything, the event has only gotten quirkier.
So now that you’re salivating, how can you assure you get your own tickets, especially considering general admission tickets sold out last year in six minutes? Alice says prospective ticket buyers should be online and ready to go at 10 a.m. October 5th with a solid Internet connection. “We’re using Prekindle to sell tickets, and they require you to register with them before you can buy tickets. I’d register now, so that your ticket-buying process is shorter on the day of ticket sale,” says Alice. “Also, eat a meaty breakfast. That seems to help.”