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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Reno, Nev. – In just under a month, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) will kick-off the wildly popular Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival. The festival recently unveiled an exciting entertainment line-up and the addition of several, adrenaline pumping BMX shows from Monster Energy. This year’s event will also feature the return of the International Chili Society’s World Championship Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Beans. The event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 and the proceeds benefit the local chapter of Make-A-Wish. Tasting packages are on sale now, start at $20 and are available at http://www.grandsierraresort.com/beerchilifest, #BeerChiliFest.

With a vast array of entertainment, each day of the festival will feature artists with critical acclaim in the region. Saturday’s line-up includes The Novelists, Hot Rod Rebellion, Reckless Envy and headliner Spazmatics, all well-known groups in northern Nevada and northern California. Sunday will be no different with Atomika, Arizona Jones, Shane Dwight and headliner Con Brio. The event will also feature the Monster Energy BMX team who will perform stunts, flips and daring feats on both days of the event. Performing at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day, the Monster team will dazzle guests with 45 minutes of high-flying feats of skill.

Additionally, the Grand Sierra Beer & Chili Festival will feature the 51st World’s Championship Chili Cookoff with over 200 of the top cookers from around the world vying for the title of World Champion, a total prize package of $50,000 and of course the coveted People’s Choice Award. The event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society (ICS) and will serve as the culmination of cook-offs from around the nation, crowning a new World’s Champion in categories including Homestyle Chili, Salsa, Chili Verde and Traditional Red.

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Entry to the event, which includes live entertainment and craft vendors, is free. Event timing on both days is as follows:

Saturday, Oct. 21 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

  • The Novelists - 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Monster BMX - 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
  • Hot Rod Rebellion – 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Monster BMX – 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
  • Reckless Envy – 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monster BMX – 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • Spazmatics – 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Oct. 22 from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m.

    • Atomika - 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Monster BMX - 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
    • Arizona Jones – 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    • Monster BMX – 2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
    • Shane Dwight – 3:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Monster BMX – 4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    • Con Brio – 4:45 p.m. - 6 p.m.

    A full schedule including participating breweries and restaurants will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information visit http://www.grandsierraresort.com/beerchilifest or follow the trend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #BeerChiliFest.