What’s Better Than Burgers and Beer? A Burger and Beer Music Festival in Oxnard, of Course!

hamburgerandhops. Photo courtesy the Hamburger and Hops Festival.Bone Marrow Burger CU. Photo by Ed simon for The Los Angeles Beat.

On May 2, 2015, the best of both worlds meets as Oxnard hosts the Hamburger and Hops Music Festival. From 11:30am to 5:00pm, the 2nd Annual Hamburger and Hops Music Festival will feature the best in craft beers, hamburgers and fusion burgers as well as a full program of live music. The event, at the Collection at Riverpark, will feature burgers from Baby’s Bad Ass Burgers, who were recently featured on ABC-TV’s “Shark Tank”; Busy Bee Cafe, the iconic ’50s era diner in downtown Ventura; Burt’s Bad @ss Burgers; Jalapeno Bacon Burger and more. Healthy offerings will be in store as the Scratch Food Truck makes an appearance, with their featured Scratch and Veggie Burgers made from locally sourced ingredients. In addition to the burgers, other offerings will include authentic Mexican foods from Taco de Mexico, Burt’s Chicken Fingers and Fries Burt’s Deep-fried Pretzels and delights from Savory Foods.

Lost Coast Red 2. Photo by Ed simon for The Los Angeles Beat.On the beer side of the festival, craft beers from local breweries such as Island Brewing Company, Surf Brewery, Rincon Brewery, Angel City Brewery, Wolf Creek Brewing Company, Palm Breeze, Poseidon Brewing Company and others will bring their best brews. Of course, local favorites Burt’s Honey Wheat Beer will be there with their tasty brew, while Mike’s Hard Lemonade Company will be pouring their famous drink. The Bloody Cure will be there with their spicy mixer for beer and liquor. Einstock Brewing Company will bring an international flavor with their beers also. Beers will be available both in the main festival area and also in the special VIP Lounge area for those who really want to make it a special day

Kalyde. Photo courtesy of the Hamburger and Hops Festival.

Kalyde. Photo courtesy of the Hamburger and Hops Festival.

Music will fill the festival with great sounds all day. In the VIP Lounge, Kalyde will perform. Kalyde is a Los Angeles-based reggae-rock group whose lead singer, Naia Kete was recently featured on the top-rated NBC-TV show, “The Voice”. At the Main Stage, the Road Brothers, a local band from Oxnard will perform; the Midnight Band play next; Upstream will follow with their live performance of Caribbean, Reggae, Calypso and Island inspired music; and local favorites from Ventura The Bomb will headline the day with their mix of Funk, Latin and R&B.

MCU green chile and cojita cheese and fritos
The 2nd Annual Hamburger and Hops Music Festival will take place at the beautiful dining and shopping mecca The Collection at Riverpark, located at 2751 Park View Court in Oxnard. General Admission tickets are $10. (includes entry into the Festival with access to great live entertainment! Food and Craft Beer  available for purchase. “Hops” tickets are $25. (includes Admission, (1) Souvenir Beer Glass and (1) 12-ounce Ice Cold Craft Beer (must be 21 years of age or older to purchase Hops ticket). “VIP Lounge” tickets are $45. (includes Admission, access to VIP Lounge, (1) burger from Burt’s Bad @ss Burgers, (1) Souvenir Beer Glass and (5) 4-ounce samples of Craft Beer (must be 21 years of age or older). The VIP lounge is an exclusive area, with additional beer vendors and live music. It’s like having a ticket to two festivals! Kids 12 and under are free.

For event info, call (805) 628-9588 or visit the event website

Ed Simon

About Ed Simon

Ed is a native of Los Angeles who loves food and food cultures. Whether he's looking for the best ceviche in Colombia, the best poke in Hawaii, the best tequila in Jalisco or the best Taiwanese Beef Roll in Los Angeles, it's all good food! He also loves a good drink. He's had Mai Tais in Hawaii, Bourbon in Kentucky, Tequila in Mexico and Rum in Jamaica. His wine escapades have taken him to Napa, Sonoma, the Willamette Valley and the Santa Ynez Valley. And he's had beer all over the world! Music is another of Ed's passion, writing and interviewing many classic rock, rock and blues musicians. Getting the great stories of road experiences from them is a particular delight. Traveling also fits in with Ed's writing, exploring all over to find the most interesting places to visit, even in out of the way areas.
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