There’s no better way to spend a Saturday than with friends. When my family was invited to enjoy a full day of Family Fun at Dorney Park and attend the Bands, BBQ and Brew Festival, I would have been crazy to say no! My kids love amusement parks, and it was great to be able to take them to the same park I enjoyed all through my own childhood.
Bands, Brews & BBQ takes place in the Possessed (roller coaster) Midway at the lower end of the park on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, July 1-17 from 3 p.m. – 8 p.m each day. We arrived super early to make the most of our day in the park. Since we had friends meeting us, we decided to rent a cabana for the day and use it as our home base to connect during the day. It also gave an emergency area for the kids to go to in case we were accidentally were separated. We all wore wristbands to identify entry in the special cabana area. We totally felt a little like celebrities going in and out of the gated area.
I love amusement park rides, but my husband does not. Luckily, I have kids that enjoy rides in general, and the faster the better! We enjoyed our fill of roller coaster rides, spinning rides and classics like The Whip, from my own childhood.
Soon it was close to 3:00PM and we were excited to get our #bandsbrewBBQ on so we headed to the festival area. There is alcohol served and the park takes care to ensure over 21 guests by securing wrist bands.
My friends and I had to commemorate the afternoon of fun with a quick cheers from the variety of craft and mainstream brands of beer. Aren’t the mini tasting mugs the cutest?!
If guests are under 21, they are welcome to be in the festival area to participate in the food tastings and listen to the live entertainment. Local bands perform for guests during the festival at 3:00pm, 5:00pm and 7:00pm on the Bands, Brews & BBQ stage. You can groove while checking out the different BBQ tasting stations. Don’t forget to purchase your tasting tickets to try all the amazing variety of food. We wanted to try everything! Taste Tickets can be purchased in sets of 5 Taste Tickets & 4 oz Souvenir Mug- $10*; 10 Taste Tickets & 4 oz Souvenir Mug- $15*; or the best value 20 Taste Tickets & 4 oz Souvenir Mug- $25*. *All prices plus tax and applicable fees. Souvenir Mug available while supplies last.
One of our favorite tasting items was the BBQ Chicken Nachos. Holy YUM! The shredded chicken was a delicious balance of smoky, sweet tanginess and heat that I love in BBQ. Add in the crunch from the tri-color tortilla chips and the cooling sour cream on the side, and we have a winner.
A close second favorite were the Pulled BBQ Pork Sliders. Everyone dug in for a taste and loved the texture combination of the creamy, crunchy slaw and the tender pulled pork. The BBQ sauce offered a balanced flavor of smokiness and tang, without a lot of heat, for guests that prefer something with less heat. Our nine and eleven year olds weren’t into sharing the sliders very well.
We had such a jam packed day full of laughs, swimming, dancing, and eating BBQ, we are sure to head back to the park again soon. If you want to have the same fun we did, be sure to hurry and grab your Dorney Park tickets to make plenty of fun Summer memories and enjoy all the Family Fun the park has to offer at the #bandsbrewBBQ festival. The festival ends only lasts through July 17th! You don’t want to miss it!
What’s your favorite style of BBQ to enjoy with friends and family?