Paired Sponsored by MicroStar

Join a who’s who of celebrated chefs and small and independent brewers from around the country in this intimate setting located just off the main hall. In 2016, Paired will feature 21 chefs matched with 21 craft brewers, offering 42 total unique pairings. Our featured chefs from across the country are defining new American cuisine in their own communities, including Boston, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Seattle, Portland, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C., Denver and Boulder. New for 2016, in partnership with the BA Export Development Program, Paired will also feature a chef from London. Paired chefs have garnered accolades from Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, James Beard Foundation and more—with chefs recognized not only for what they have brought to cuisine but for what they have contributed to their communities as well.

Paired features special craft beer releases—the beers served here are available only in the pavilion and not in the festival hall! Enjoy small plates and craft beer pairings and engage in meaningful discussions with chefs and brewers, who share similar philosophies on choosing specific ingredients to enhance their products.

Separate ticket required for entrance. Paired ticket holders can enter via the escalator in lower lobby D in front of the Bellco Theatre.


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