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Taste TraditionA new event is gracing this year’s Taste Tradition weekend that will have barbecue fans salivating.

Taste Tradition is an annual Labor Day weekend culinary event in Colonial Williamsburg. This year the purchase of a weekend ticket also entitles festival-goers to attend the new Brew ‘N’ Cue Showdown barbecue and beer contest, sponsored by The Local Palate.

On Sept. 5, teams of pitmasters and brewers from four different states will compete to cook the best barbecue and brew up the finest beers. They will then hand off their raw materials to a group of Williamsburg-based chefs who will compete to come up with the best barbecue inspired dish.

A special guest judge will award prizes for the best barbecue, best beer and best overall dish. Of course, attendees will get a chance to sample, as well.

This contest, which will kick off at 11 a.m. at the Williamsburg Lodge, is a new addition to an already jam-packed lineup of culinary events scheduled to take place throughout the weekend.

Access to Brew ‘N’ Cue is limited to guests who purchase the hotel pass, which includes a two-night stay at the Williamsburg Lodge, tickets to a Friday night welcome reception, special event gifts from area chefs and access to numerous other seminars, tastings and programs for $152 per person, per night.

For those who are interest in less extensive experience, Taste Tradition is offering several other packages that will give guests access to a smaller number of events.

The weekend’s offerings are available as part of discounted packaged deals now through Tuesday. On Wednesday, a la carte tickets will go on sale for those who wish to attend one or two events.

A complete schedule and additional ticket information can be found here.