Summer is the time for music festivals. Even with this year’s particular brand of sun-based brutality, summer is still the time to get outside, maybe enjoy a few coldies, and have fun enjoying some musical stylings while soaking in the vitamin D. And Tacoma’s Live Loud Music & Arts Festival taking place this Saturday, July 28th is upping the intrigue (for the coffee-going public at least) with the addition of LattePalooza, a throwdown hosted by Dillanos Coffee Roasters and Anthem Coffee Company, happening smack dab in the middle of the festival.

A one-day festival, Live Loud is as much arts as it is music. The day kicks off with a merchant market featuring over 50 local makers as well as a live art community mural being created in real time. Then it’s time for the latte art. Baristas will face off for pour-based dominance, with the winner taking home a brand new Nuova Simonelli Oscar espresso machine. Second and third place finishers will take home and camping brew kit and a training and tour of Dillanos, respectively.

After the crema has settled and the winner announced, the proverbial stage will give way back to the literal stage, where Grammy nominated hip hop artist Q Dot will close down the day’s festivities with songs from his new album being released at the event as well as a “limited coffee line to coincide with the long anticipated new album,” per the Dillano’s press release.

For those looking to compete at LattePalooza, the sign-up fee is $10 and includes a shirt and beer ticket. Sign up begins at noon with the competition kicking off promptly at 6:00pm. For more information, visit the Live Loud Music & Arts Festival’s and LattePalooza’s Facebook event pages.

Zac Cadwalader is the news editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Read more Zac Cadwalader on Sprudge.

Top image via Dillanos Coffee Roasters.

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