Stagecoach 2018: How Guy Fieri will take the festival’s barbecue to a whole other level

Holy smokes! We expect barbecue at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival but this year the 12th annual event at the Empire Polo Club in Indio will up its food game.

Presenters have snagged Guy Fieri to curate a host of joints he’s gathering from around the nation to feed hungry concert-goers, Goldenvoice announced Tuesday, Feb. 13.

April 11, 2013 - Sacramento, CA, USA - Superstar chef Guy Fieri has opened up a new Johnny Garlic's on Arden Way in Sacramento. (Credit Image: © Lezlie Sterling/Sacramento Bee/
Guy Fieri

At a 40,000 square-foot venue dubbed Stagecoach Smokehouse, Fieri will gather pit bosses from across the country. You won’t have to argue about whether Kansas City, Santa Maria or Carolina barbecue is best, you’ll just stroll over and get your favorite from 11 a.m. -11 p.m. each day of the festival April 27-29 at the Empire Polo Club. Along with the ribs, pulled pork and chicken, there will be a full bar.

Fieri, the popular Food Network personality, is best known for his shows “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Guy’s Family Road Trip,” “Guy’s Big Project” and “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen.”

He will be dropping in to provide taste tests from the grills and smokers and to lend a hand to local barbecue bosses which will include Barrell & Ashes, Baby Blues BBQ, Big Dev’s BBQ, Bludso’s, Dad’s Chillin & Grillin BBQ, Roof Top BBQ, Smokin Mo’s, When Pigs Fly and others.

The festival runs April 27-29 and will be headlined by Florida Georgia Line on Friday, Keith Urban on Saturday and Garth Brooks on Sunday.

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