The Cookout FAQ
Q. What is The Cookout?
A. Boston magazine’s The Cookout is a multi-part program that features an online voting campaign that narrows down the city’s best bartenders and burger chefs, who first face off online, and then again August 11 and 12 in a two night event featuring The Cue and Battle of the Burger.
Night 1: The Cue
This second annual smoking hot event brings BBQ back to Boston. This spring, top local mixologists will face off against each other on our site, competing for the public’s vote. The ten finalists will be mixing cocktails live on August 11th, where a select group of leading BBQ chefs in the Boston area will feature their famous dishes. During the event, guests will place their final vote for best mixologist and taste other summer classic foods.
Phase 1: Pre-Promotion
During the months of April, Boston magazine, will be inviting mixologists to sign up for the competition and chefs to sign up for the program.
Phase 2: Voting
Starting in May and running through July 7, the public will vote for their favorite cocktail on bostonmagazine.com. All are invited to vote once a day and check the rankings in real time!
Phase 3: The Event
After voting ends in early July, the top mixologists have one month to get ready to compete! The Cue takes place on August 11, where 1,000 guests will be able to eat all the BBQ they can handle, sample the cocktails, and place their one vote for the best cocktail in Boston. At the end of the night, the winner is awarded the trophy, a profile in Boston magazine, and a trip to Miami for a national food event.
Night 2: Battle of the Burger
Boston magazine will host the 4th annual Battle of the Burger in Boston. Leading up to the event, we invite the city of Boston to vote for the chefs/restaurants that have the best burger in town. The top 30 vote recipients are invited to compete live at the event on August 12 to see who comes out on top and head to an annual event in Miami. Guests will be able to sample burgers from the competitors and vote right there at the event.
Phase 1: Pre-Promotion
In April Boston magazine will be inviting chefs/restaurants to sign up for the program.
Phase 2: Voting: The Battle Begins
On May 18 and running through July 7, the public will vote for the best burger. Participants are invited to vote every 24 hours and check the rankings in real time! Plus, home grillers are invited to compete online for a chance to attend the Battle!
Phase 3: The Event: Things Heat Up!
Voting ends in early July and the top 30 voters have one month to get the battle ready! The Battles takes place at the epic one-night cook off August 12 where 2,000 guests will be able to sample burgers from competitors and place their one vote for the best burger in Boston. At the end of the night, the winner of the hard-fought battle is awarded the trophy, a profile in Boston magazine, and will be invited to a national burger event in 2016 hosted in Miami.
Q. Can I purchase bundled event tickets for the two night Cookout? Or do I have to buy separate tickets for each night?
A. Tickets are available for each night separately (night 1: The CUE, night 2: Battle of the Burger), but can also be bought as a bundle for the two night Cookout event. Combo tickets are the best deal!
Q. Are there any ticket giveaways?
A. Every time you vote for your favorite burger or mixologist through July 7, you are entered to win a pair of tickets to the event. The winners will be notified on July 8.
Q. How can I get to the events?
A. Cruiseport Boston in South Boston is accessible through public transportation and by car. For train transportation, take the SL2 Silver Line towards Boston Marine Industrial Park to Dry Dock Avenue at the Design Center Place stop. There is public parking at the garage located across Dry Dock Ave.
Q. What about Uber?
A. Our friends at Uber are extending an exclusive offer to The Cue & Battle of the Burger guests. Take advantage of this offer as it is a convenient way to get to the event at Cruiseport Boston and leave the hassle of parking behind!
New to Uber? Download the app on your smartphone and receive $40 off your first ride using promo code BOSTONMAG or signup here.
Already an Uber user? We’ve got you covered! Simply open the app on your smartphone and enter THECUE2015VIP (for use at The Cue) and BATTLE2015VIP (for use at Battle of the Burger) in the promotions section to enjoy 10% off your ride* either to or from The Cue/Battle of the Burger
*Valid only 5-11pm on 8/11 and 8/12 for trips to/from the Cruiseport, not valid on TAXI
Q: How do I get involved?
A: For volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.
Q: What do I wear?
A: Since the Cruiseport is right on the water, we recommend ladies staying away from flowy dresses due to wind! We also recommend comfortable shoes since the venue is rather large!