Food, beer, wine, music come together for Gastropalooza


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28 North Gastropub’s award-winning chef Kyle Hash.

Jeff Navin

Food, beer, wine and music … could life get any better?

Gastropalooza promises that and more for the perfect evening at The Avenue Viera.

From 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, the party gets started at The Avenue’s Central Park, where large screens will capture the action of a culinary showdown between 28 North Gastropub’s award-winning chef Kyle Hash and Food Network’s “Chopped” champion celebrity chef Adam Allison, who will fly to Brevard from his home turf in Phoenix, Arizona, for the competition.

Allison, a graduate of Le  Cordon Bleu Culinary School, is the chef-owner of Handlebar Diner in Phoenix. He has been featured on Esquire TV, Food Network’s “Eat St.” and Guy Fieri’s Super Bowl Players Tailgate Party, among others.

“Palooza,” the term given to an exaggerated event, combines with gastronomy in the 28 North-hosted event for an evening that celebrates the world of food and drink.

“We love creating new opportunities for our foodies,” said Chris Coneen, owner of 28 North.

While the two chefs duke it out in a three-round competition of appetizers, entrees and desserts, guests will happily graze on the food prepared by corporate chefs from Gordon and Cheney Brothers food distributing companies. If you have a will of steel and only want to witness the action, admission is free. Purchase a wristband for $20 and enjoy all you can eat that evening. Another $20 will include an additional wristband to partake of all the libations from several breweries and distilleries participating.

Artisan food crafters, farmers and other vendors will be in attendance to further entice guests.

Central Florida band Hot Pink, seasoned musicians who play everything from Stevie Wonder to Elton John, will keep the party sizzling with music through the evening.

“It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind evening,” Coneen said.

To purchase Gastropalooza wristbands, go to eventbrite.com/e/28-north-gastropalooza-tickets-76487412911.