There are beer and BBQ events, then there's something like this.
The folks at Ballistic Springfield have tracked down the best BBQ teams they could find in their home state and beyond and blocked out a day for them all to come in and turn their venue into an all-immersive barbecuing experience.
There are two ways in which you can approach the day. The first is to just wander along and commence stuffing your face full of food from ten pro BBQ teams, washing it down with beer, then laying back and patting your belly contentedly while listening to live music. Then repeat.
The second is to get one of the VIP tickets, and this is where things really get interesting.
Here you'll get sent to a special tent where you'll enjoy a private bar and four hours of Ballistic beer and cider, a whopping BBQ platter, a butchering demo (Springfield locals Two Butchers will be breaking down a whole beast), a demonstration on how to prepare and smoke meat, followed by a brewing demonstration on the brewery's pilot kit.
Drooling yet? Regular entry is free, with tickets to the full experience costing $149 and needing to be booked in advance (spots are very limited and, we're told, selling quickly).