USA BBQ Competitions of November 2016


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St. Augustine Pirate Gathering & Buccaneer Bar-B-Q – November 3rd – 6th


Admiral Norrington will dub you as the worst pirate he’s ever heard of, but who cares what he thinks – you’re a pirate anyway. You and your fellow crew of swashbuckling mates will drool over smokin’ barbecue, sword fighting battles, tunes of the Seven Seas and all kinds of explosive pirate action. Even those talking parrots known as children will squawk with enthusiasm when they get a load of all the activities available in the kids’ zone.

2495 FL-207, St Augustine, FL 32086

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PA Bacon Fest – November 5th – 6th


The PA Bacon Fest grew out of the Easton Farmers’ Market, America’s oldest continuous open-air market, established in 1752. Each year, the fest features dozens of treats featuring bacon and even crafts paying homage to the delectable, savory breakfast staple. It’s a grassroots, volunteer-driven event and attendees can expect to experience the highest quality farm-to-table fare and locally-sourced crafts that the surrounding Easton area has to offer. The farmers’ market remains the heart of the festival, so attendees should be sure to help themselves to some local fruit and veggies as well.

325 Northampton St, Easton, PA

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Northeast Exchange Club Ribfest – November 11th – 13th


Ribfest is a fun, family-friendly festival that features three-days of rib celebrations. Attendees can munch on a plethora of delicious pork ribs and other barbecue delicacies cooked to perfection by local chefs and restaurants. The fest also hosts a Family Fun Zone with a variety of fun outdoor games and several live music performances from classic rock, southern rock and country acts. Best of all, proceeds help support local charities and non-profit organizations, so eat up!

701 Bayshore Dr. NE, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

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Gridiron Grill-Off Food & Wine Festival – November 12th


The Miami Dolphins show off their culinary skills with a bunch of celebrity chefs from South Florida in the Gridiron Grill-Off Festival. With the pigskin out of play, fans get a taste of delicious flavor from the best grill recipes, the finest wines in South Florida and the tailgate-favorite cornhole tournament. A charitable festival, it’s a place where good food and good sportsmanship come together to meet the needs of the area’s youngest fans.

1806 NE 6th Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060

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Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival – November 13th


The Jamaican Jerk Festival FL is the largest Caribbean food festival in Florida. Over 20,000 guests join in the festivities each year and celebrate the delicious culinary traditions of the Caribbean. While the food remains the focal point of the festival, attendees can also enjoy live music performances and dancing.

16001 W State Rd 84, Sunrise, FL 33326

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GrillsGiving – November 19th


GrillsGiving is a BBQ competition and music festival held right around Thanksgiving each year. Grilling aficionados can compete in categories including chicken, ribs and brisket, with an award given out for People’s Choice. Live music from local and regional artists contributes to the festive atmosphere, and there are a variety of fun activities for the kids. All proceeds benefit the community-wide Residential Energy Assistance Partnership, REAP.

6030 Padre Dr, San Antonio, TX 78214

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USA BBQ Competitions of October 2016


Bliss, Brews & Que – October 7th-8th


Brews and Que Food and Music Festival is coming to Freedom Crossing on October 7th and 8th! Bliss, Brews and Que is the only Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition on a military installation as well as the official Texas State Championship for BBQ! This year, a record number of BBQ teams from all over the country will come to Fort Bliss to compete for $15,000 in prize money – our biggest award yet! The event is open to all and guests will enjoy two days full of great live music, food and beer tents, family entertainment and the world’s best BBQ! There is no admission fee for this event and BBQ as well as other food and beverages are available for purchase.

1611 Haan Rd, Fort Bliss, TX 79906

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Rock the BBQ – October 8th


An event that will bring together barbecue, beer, wine, spirits, and music enthusiasts from all across the Greater Philadelphia and New York Metro Area. Rock The BBQ was created by a group of people who simply love great festivals. We saw a need to bring our passion for the festival experience to the next level, and we are proud to see our concept come to life and to share it with you!

100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival October 14th-16th


The Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival celebrates New Orleans’ culture of soulful music and food with three days of groovy tunes, delectable cuisine and spirited fun. Bands play on two stages, and vendors throughout the grounds provide a delicious array of grilled, smoked and roasted fare and of course, tons of mouth-watering barbecue. There is also a large art market where guests can peruse and purchase works by local and regional artists.

Lafayette Square Park 540 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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Fall Feral Hog Festival – October 22nd


Visit the historic district of Ben Wheeler, Texas, for the annual Fall Feral Hog Festival. Grab a spot for the morning parade, witness the victor of the afternoon cook-off and enjoy plenty of live music and entertainment over the course of two days. See who will be crowned Hog Queen, and shop around local vendor booths for that one-of-a-kind find. This family-friendly event offers more than enough activities in the charming small town it calls home.


13814 State Highway 64 Ben Wheeler, TX


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Wrens Pig & Pie Fest – October 22nd


The Pig n Pie Fest will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016* at the Wrens Middle School walking track located at the intersection of US 1 and Griffin Street in Wrens, Georgia. The Fest will consist of …

  • Amateur, backyard BBQ contest – $250 Grand Champ Prize
  • Homemade pie contest – Cash prize in each category
  • Pie eating contest – Make a pig of yourself!
  • Handmade crafts and artisan vendors
  • Food vendors
  • Local business information booths
  • Children’s activities
  • Entertainment
  • USA Track & Field certified 5k race

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Elgin Hogeye Festival – October 22nd


The Elgin Hogeye Festival is a fall celebration complete with two stages of live music performances, a pet parade and the Gordon Swenson Memorial BBQ Pork-Off. With a focus on all things swine-related, this family-friendly festival includes a variety of games such as a Hogalicious Dessert Contest and Cow Patty Bingo as well as a fun-filled carnival.

109 Depot Street, Elgin TX 78621

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Rockers, Riders & Ribs – October 22nd


Get this one on your calendar, because it’s going to be the biggest party East Texas has ever seen! The Longview News-Journal announces its inaugural Rockers, Riders & Ribs featuring an amazing Southern Rock lineup, biker events and a BBQ cook off on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

320 East Methvin Street, Longview, TX 75601

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – October 22nd


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

525 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202

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American Royal World Series of Barbecue – October 26th – 30th


The annual American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Missouri, is one of the country’s biggest barbecue celebrations and the largest barbecue competition in the world. The four-day annual extravaganza features over 500 chefs, pitmasters and amateur teams competing in various judged categories from best sauce to best brisket, and there’s also live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks display.

1701 American Royal Court Kansas City, MO 64102

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Texas Monthly BBQ Festival – October 30th


Barbecue lovers unite at the Long Center in Austin, Texas, for a day of feasting on juicy meats, live music and fun. Twenty-five of the top BBQ restaurants in Texas smoke up their best sausage, brisket, pork and beef ribs for sampling. Guests can enjoy specialty cocktails and live entertainment from some of Texas’ top musicians.

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JCC Barbeque Cook-off & Festival – October 30th


The JCC Barbecue Cook-off & Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, is smoked, grilled and slathered in sauce in celebration of barbecue. The one-day event features pitmasters, chefs and teams from all over the country competing for the day’s best in the categories of beans, team name, brisket and ribs, among others. Additional attractions include live musical performances, zip lining, mechanical bull riding, a man cave and a ladies lounge. Proceeds from the festivities benefit the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada.

10700 Havenwood Ln. Las Vegas, NV 89135

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BBQ Competitions of September 2016


Kendall County Fair – September 1st-4th


Born in Boerne, Texas, in 1905, the Kendall County Fair is an agricultural celebration in the rolling and rural Texas Hill Country. Featuring an Apple Pie Contest and various livestock rodeo events, the Kendall County Fair hearkens back to its roots, when community residents gathered in the early 1900s to exchange agricultural tips and recipes. In addition to the carnival and rodeo, there is a plethora of food and craft booths as well as kid’s activities. Live music is provided, and each evening ends with a dance!

Kendall County Fair Grounds 1307 River Road Boerne, TX

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World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off -September 2nd-3rd


Founded in 1974, the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off in Brady, Texas, has grown to become the largest competition of its nature in the state. Taking place every year during Labor Day weekend, the main focus of this unique event is a goat cook-off competition. In addition to the cook-off, guests can enjoy a diverse range of activities including children’s games, horseshoe tournaments, live music and an arts and crafts fair.

Richards Park 1205-1207 West 6th Street Brady, TX

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Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival – September 2nd-4th


Blues and barbecues sounds like a match made in heaven. You’ll feast on tangy, smoking hot barbecue throughout your entire Labor Day weekend so you don’t have to scramble to make mediocre product at your family’s dinner table. A BBQ team competition will up the ante on how tasty this style of food can go. With blues music to complement your taste buds’ experience, you wouldn’t want to miss out on this experience.

Bedford City Hall Complex 1951 L Don Dodson Dr Bedford, TX

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Canada’s Largest Ribfest September 2nd-5th


You’re hungrier than you’ve ever been in your life and you just might have to pull your own ribs out if you don’t get food now. Hold up, ever heard of Canada’s Largest Ribfest? Nearly 200,000 pounds of tasty, finger-licking ribs are sold to ravenous guests. Teams of foodies get in on the action to have their saucy ribs judged as the best of the fest. Now, stop reading and start eating.

Spencer Smith Park 1400 Lakeshore Rd Burlington, ON

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National Buffalo Wing Festival – September 3rd-4th


Welcome to the granddaddy of all wing festivals. The annual National Buffalo Wing Festival in Buffalo, New York, celebrates the buffalo-style chicken wings that the town is famous for. Traditionally held on Labor Day weekend, the festival features the US Chicken Wing Eating Championship, Amateur Traditional Sauce Contest, Amateur Chicken Wing Eating, Amateur Creative Sauce Contest, Miss Buffalo Wing, Ridiculously Hot Wing Eating Contest, Bobbing for Wings, Buffalo Buffet Bowl, Baby Wing Competition, Yancey’s Fancy Cheesy Dance-Off Contest and much more.

Coca-Cola Field 275 Washington Street Buffalo, NY

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Kentucky State BBQ Festival – September 9th-11th


Looking for tangy, finger-licking good barbecue? It’s high time that you hit up the Kentucky State BBQ Festival. You’ll devour award-winning barbecue from a variety of pitmasters, witness a barbecue competition with tasty results, have access to plenty of activities for the kids and enjoy a day of good food and family bonding.

Constitution Square Historic Site 2nd St & Main St Danville, KY

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Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival – September 9th-10th


Take in the great outdoors, enjoy some ribs and catch some happening’ tunes at the annual Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival in Brighton, Michigan. Each year, this festival cooks up some of the tastiest barbecue ranging from succulent ribs and savory beef brisket to pulled pork and smoky pork tenderloin. What’s more, its lineup of jazz and blues performers is unparalleled, bringing in a great lineup old-time style musicians as well as contemporary artists that infuse a bit of swing, bebop and boogie-woggie as well.

131 Hyne Street Brighton, MI

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Derby BBQ Festival – September 10th


Formally known as the National Bar-B-Que Derby, the Derby BBQ Festival features forty professional teams competing for a sizable cash prize and a coveted spot at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue. The festival also offers an amateur cook-off, endless samples of delicious barbecue and a variety of live music performances. For younger guests, the event features various children’s activities such as face painting, magic shows and pig races.

High Park 2801 East James Street Derby, KS

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – September 17th


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

Hunt Club Farm 2388 London Bridge Rd Virginia Beach, VA

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Rock’N Brews & BBQ Festival – September 17th


The mixing of certain things just shout, “America!” There are hot dogs and baseball, and fireworks on the Fourth of July. But don’t forget about barbecue, beer and rock ‘n’ roll. If you haven’t tried the combo, the Rock’N Brews & BBQ Festival in Nampa, Idaho, is the perfect place to dabble, or indulge, in the concoction. The festival features a barbecue contest, tastes of Idaho-brewed craft beer, live music a car show and more.

Ford Idaho Center 16200 N Idaho Center Blvd Nampa, ID

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Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship – September 18th-19th


The Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship, formerly known as the Blues, Brews and BBQ Festival, gathers thousands of hungry revelers eager to sink their teeth into the finest barbecue prepared by the best competitive grilling teams. The festival is a grand two days of beer drinking, pork eating and grooving to the rockin’ sounds of blues on the festival’s live music stage. North Carolina is well known for its regional styles of barbecue sophisticated flavored with either vinegary and tomato Lexington-style sauce or peppery Eastern-style sauce. The event always manages to attract the best pitmasters from around the country to take a shot at perfecting the state’s signature styles, making for a can’t-miss event for those craving some finger-lickin’-good ‘cue.

Romare Bearden Park 300 South Church Street Charlotte, NC

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival – September 21st-24th


Get ready to roll out, bop out and pig out at the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Thousands flock to the annual event to partake in the motorcycle rally, catch amazing live music from the nation’s best blues performers and dig into the finest-tasting barbecue from renowned pit masters. Festival goers can also enjoy a car show, beer garden, lawn mower pull competition, poker run, demo rides, a saloon and much more.

Frisco Trail, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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PorktoberQue – September 23rd-24th


Porktoberque is the epic intersection of Oktoberfest and BBQ, where mouthwatering meats and refreshing craft beers make for a very happy crowd. Held in Dothan, Alabama, the festival is home to a massive BBQ contest, food-centered activities and lots of live music to keep the party going.

Houston County Farm Center 1701 E Cottonwood Rd Dothan, AL

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Burnet BBQ Cook-Off & Music Festival – September 23rd-24th


The Burnet BBQ Cook-Off & Music Festival centers on a cook-off sanctioned by the Lone Star BBQ Society. Competitors come from all over Texas to compete in categories ranging from brisket, ribs, wild game, dessert and more. Attendees are invited to come sample all the delicious eats while enjoying live music, and the two-day event is capped off with a Saturday Evening Concert and dance.

Burnet County Fairgrounds 401 East Jackson Street Burnet, TX

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USA BBQ Competitions August 2016


Raleigh RibFest – August 1st


Calling all barbecue enthusiasts! The Raleigh RibFest celebrates everything and anything ribs. Since its inception in 2005, the meat-eccentric fest has grown into one of the premier barbecue gatherings in the area and was named one of the Top 20 events by the Southeast Tourism Bureau. Guests can enjoy a massive selection of eats, live music and a wide assortment of beer to choose from.

Raleigh City Plaza, Fayetteville St & W Lenoir Sr, Raleigh, NC

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Westland Blues, Brews, & BBQ August 5th – 6th


Blues, Brews, & BBQ in Westland, Michigan, is a celebration of the American music genre, homegrown craft suds and flame-grilled barbecue. The two-day event features live blues from local legends, dozens of beers from the state’s celebrated microbreweries and the best smoked fare that Westland has to offer. Additional attractions include a kid’s zone and a classic car show.

Central City Park Justice Drive, Westland, MI

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – August 5th – 6th


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC

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Ribs and R&B Music Festival – August 12th – 14th


What’s better than enjoying delicious food while listening to great music? At the Ribs and R&B Music Festival, revelers are treated to an amazing summertime celebration of barbecue and great music. The festival features an outstanding lineup of local barbecue experts and grilling gurus serving up tasty ribs, brisket and chicken, as well as show after show featuring a variety of talented R&B and soul singers. In past years, the festival has received such artists as Chanté Moore, Loose Ends, Steven Russell Harts, The Mary Jane Girls, Dion Price, The Enchantments and many others.

Philip A. Hart Plaza 199 West Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI

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Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival


The annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is a celebration of mouthwatering, fresh-off-the-spit barbecue. All regional styles of barbecue are represented at the two-day event, and over 50 pitmasters, chefs and teams compete in various categories like best sauce and best brisket. Additional attractions include bourbon samplings, cooking demos and live music.

Atlantic Station 20th Street, Atlanta, GA

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Lewisburg Brew-B-Que – August 13th


Come sample some of the regions best beer, wine, and BBQ. Hosted in historic downtown Lewisburg. This  is the third annual Brew-B-Que and plans to be the biggest yet! Come enjoy yourself!

Hufnagle Park, Lewisburg, PA

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Teddy Bear BBQ & Chili Cook Off – August 13th – 14th


Sometimes you just need to wash down that Texas barbecue with some live music. The Teddy Bear BBQ (no teddy bears are barbecued, only meat) & Music Festival features a boatload of barbecue, food vendors, a car show, arts and crafts and live music. If you’re ready to “meat” your match, the event also features a barbecue and chili cooking competition.

Bend o’ the River Ranch 7915 S General Bruce Dr. Temple, TX

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Long Beach BBQ Festival – August 19th – 21st


The Long Beach BBQ Festival gathers some of the best barbecue pitmasters from around the country to compete in its annual cook-off of grilled ribs, chicken, sausage, brisket, pulled pork and many other pit favorites. The festival features entertainment from live country bands and a great lineup of beer and wine producers from all over California. It provides fun for the whole family, hosting an arts and crafts exhibit as well as a special stage for children’s shows. The festival’s highlight is the VIP Rib Village, which features special seating, table service and all-you-can-eat barbecue for revelers that take their love of grilled meats seriously.

Rainbow Lagoon Park 214 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA

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KC Kosher BBQ Festival – August 21st


The annual KC Kosher BBQ Festival in Overland Park, Kansas, is a celebration of the rich flavors and cuisine from the “World’s Barbecue Capital.” The one-day extravaganza features pitmasters, chefs and teams from the region competing in various categories including best sauce and best brisket, all in keeping with a Kosher diet.

 Ritz Charles 9000 W 137th St, Overland Park, KS

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Taylor International BBQ Cook-off – August 21st-22nd


Meat lovers head to Taylor, Texas, each August to compete in the Taylor International BBQ Cookoff. Teams battle it out to take home the title in seven different meat categories. Not to worry if you’re not one for grilling, you can still make your way around the rigs to taste the competitor’s samples and vote for the “People’s Choice” award.

Circleville General Store 600 Highway 95 Taylor, TX

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Music City BBQ Festival – August 26th – 27th


Each year, the Music City BBQ Festival invites barbecue teams to compete for a $25,000 cash prize and coveted titles in various Tennessee BBQ competitions. While the savory, mouth-watering barbecue remains the main focus of the event, guests can also enjoy a talented lineup of performers who provide a live soundtrack to the festivities.

Tennessee State Fairgrounds 500 Wedgewood Avenue Nashville, TN

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Indiana Bacon Festival – August 27th


Straight off the pig’s back is the Indiana Bacon Festival, where everyone’s love for bacon is just as quirky as yours. A cook-off will produce the tastiest and crispiest bacon, you’ll take part in a bacon-eating contest, run the calories off in the festival’s 5k and share your love for all things pork. You’ll also learn how well booze pairs with bacon at the beer and wine garden.

Downtown Delphi 119 W Franklin St Delphi, IN

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USA BBQ Competitions July 2016


Naperville Ribfest July 1st-3rd


The annual Naperville Ribfest presents locals with a spectacular Fourth of July celebration complete with a colorful fireworks display, all while supporting a fantastic cause. In addition to being a community-wide celebration, the festival is dedicated to the elimination of child abuse and domestic violence and donates its proceeds to these efforts. Attendees can enjoy a wide selection of indulgent eats, a lineup of talented live musicians and various children’s activities to keep the entire family entertained.

Knoch Park 701 West Street Naperville, IL 60540

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Pork & Brew New Mexico BBQ State Championship July 2nd-4th


The 13th Annual Pork & Brew and New Mexico BBQ State Championship will return to the Santa Ana Star Center July 2nd – 4th. Bringing together the best barbecue vendors from around the region, this three-day festival featuring BBQ, beer, live music and interactive family activities will be one of the biggest events of the summer. Galloping Grace Youth Ranch will be returning to the event, showcasing a petting zoo and pig races throughout the weekend.

Santa Ana Star Center 3001 Civic Center Cir NE Rio Rancho, NM 87144

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Grillstock Bar-B-Q & Music Festival July 2nd-3rd


Organized as a traveling food festival, Grillstock Bar-B-Q & Music Festival brings traditional American barbecue and soul food to Bristol, Manchester and London. Guests can enjoy locally sourced meat and a unique blend of homemade sauces and seasonings as they listen to musical performances from around the world. The participating pit masters take great pride in their work and aim to offer guests the absolute best.

10 Canons Way, Bristol, BS BS1 5LF, UK

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Windy City Ribfest July 2nd-4th


This Chicago-based street festival is truly a celebration of everything ribs. Founded in 2008, this three-day event features some of the most renowned local and national pitmasters as well as a selection of live bands for guests to choose from. In addition to perusing the many food stands and music stages, guests can also enjoy arts and crafts activities, making this finger-lickin’ festival very family friendly.

4800 North Broadway Chicago, IL 60640

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Omaha Brewers Barbeque July 9th


The Omaha Brewers Barbeque in Nebraska celebrates mouthwatering barbeque and thirst-quenching craft beer. The one-day smorgasbord features barbecued delights such as smoked pulled pork and chicken wings and pairs them with signature sudsy offerings from choice Nebraska microbreweries. Handcrafted sodas and live musical performances are among the additional attractions.

3578 Farnam Street Omaha, NE 68131

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Dam’ LakeFest & State BBQ Cook-off Championship July 15th-16th


This festival emphasizes three things that Texas does well without breaking a sweat (never mind, it’s still blazing hot): eating, drinking and rocking. The barbecue cook-off, ‘biergarten’ and a stage pumping out awesome music is only the beginning of what you’re getting yourself into, but it’s a hell of a start.

Welch Park, Somerville, TX 77879, US

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Coryell Creek Critters BBQ Cook-Off & Festival July 15th-16th


Coryell Creek Critters BBQ Cook-Off & Festival is an annual fundraiser held in Gatesville, Texas, for the American Cancer Society. The festival includes a pork rib, brisket and chicken cook-off as well as a pork chop cook-off and baking competition for the kids. If meat isn’t your thing, you can also participate in the salsa, beans or margarita competitions. Dance Friday night with Branded Heart Band. Lots of activities Friday night and all day Saturday for all ages.

Fauntleroy Park, S 7th St, Gatesville, TX 76528, US

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Windy City Smokeout July 15th-17th


Held in downtown Chicago, Windy City Smokeout BBQ & Country Music Fest spotlights some of the finest barbeque around. The soundtrack to accompany this event is decidedly country and includes live performances by some of the biggest names in country music today. Guests can opt to purchase three-day passes or spring for a VIP ticket, which includes prime seating for the live concerts and $50 towards any food they choose to indulge in. Tickets are also available to attend smaller panels with some of the pit masters, where they share their personal techniques and tips with aspiring barbeque connoisseurs.

560 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654, US

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Night In Old Fredericksburg & BBQ Cook-Off July 16th


Get off your butt for some delicious pork butt, ribs, brisket and more at the Night In Old Fredericksburg & BBQ Cook-Off. While you’re busy stuffing your face, there’s horse racing, live music with dancing (that last part is encouraged as you’re guaranteed to overeat), a domino tournament, arts and crafts.

530 Fair Dr, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, US

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Jamaican Jerk Festival New York July 19th


The Jamaican Jerk Festival NY is the largest Caribbean food festival in New York. Over 20,000 guests join in the festivities each year and celebrate the delicious culinary traditions of the Caribbean. While the food remains the focal point of the festival, attendees can also enjoy live music performances and dancing.

17701 Baisley Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11434, US

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Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival July 22nd-24th


The Louisville Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival is a premier event for lovers of good times and good tunes. Festival-goers can enjoy show-stopping performances from blues musicians from around the country, delicious ales from local breweries and finger-lickin’-good barbecue cooked up by Kentucky’s best grill masters.

3005 River Rd, Louisville, KY, US

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Jazz & Rib Fest July 22nd-24th


Jazz & Rib Fest is one of Columbus’s most anticipated summer traditions offering local, regional and international jazz performances for over thirty years. The three-day event includes a cook-off between award-winning barbecue teams from around the country. Teams compete for bragging rights for “Best Ribs” and serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more.

218 West St, Columbus, OH, US

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The Great Midwest Rib Fest July 22nd-24th


Coinciding with The Great Midwest Art Fest, The Great Midwest Rib Fest is an outdoor event showcasing the achievements of the nations most revered pitmasters. Guests have the chance to watch the featured BBQ professionals face off in a rib contest and are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite chef.

2400 Mystic Lake Blvd NW, Prior Lake, MN, US

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St. Patrick Irish Picnic and Homecoming July 29th-30th


In what the Guinness Book of World Records has called the largest outdoor barbecue celebration, the St. Patrick Irish Picnic and Homecoming in McEwen, Tennessee, is an annual tradition that features a world-famous chicken and secret hot sauce dish. Additional attractions during the two-day engagement include traditional and contemporary Irish music, games and dancing.

175 St Patrick St, McEwen, TN, US

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USA BBQ Competitions June 2016


Beef Empire Days June 3rd-12th, 2016


Held over the course of two weeks, Beef Empire Days in Garden City, Kansas, is a celebration of beef and the cattle industry. The multiple-day extravaganza features barbecue cookouts, conferences, concerts, a ranch rodeo, athletic competitions, live stock auctions, golf tournaments, carnival attractions, kid’s activities, speaking engagements and more.

Multiple Locations in Garden City, Garden City, KS

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Horse Town Brew n’ Que Festival June 3rd-5th, 2016


The smell of barbecue circulates about the atmosphere, massaging your taste buds without food even touching your tongue. Saddle up as barbecue pitmasters take part in a cook-off to determine the best the nation has to offer. Allow some of the best craft beer to avalanche down your throat, taking the smoky flavor with it. To top it all off, some country, blues and more completes the flavor profile.

George Ingalls Equestrian Event Center 3737 Crestview Dr. Norco, CA

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Happy Harry’s RibFest June 8th-11th, 2016


Happy Harry’s RibFest in Fargo, North Dakota, is a four-day early June event that has been taking place since 1996. Guests can enjoy live music as well as endless ribs, chicken and pulled pork from local, regional and far-away rib cookers, and there’s even a carnival for the whole family!

Fargo Dome 1800 N University Dr.Fargo, ND

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Desoto Grilln’ & Chilln’ BBQ Cook Off June 10th-11th, 2016


Smoky, spicy barbecue fresh off the grill will be your motivation to get out for a fun-filled day. Also, participate in a community cleanup along the river, but this time it will actually be fun! This unique competition challenges those guests to collect the funkiest garbage laying about the river. If only your mom made cleaning your room this fun.

DeSoto Veterans Memorial Park 2195 NW American Legion Dr. Arcadia, FL

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Ribfest Chicago June 10th-12th, 2016


As seen on Food Network’s “Eating America” in 2014, this event has become one of Chicago’s most anticipated festivals, voted “Best Food Fest” for 3 years in a row. The festival averages 60,000 attendees, and about 50,000 pounds of pork, but there are other attractions besides the ribs. Ribfest has become a nationally recognized Indie music festival hosting two stages of well-known national and local acts. This event, as well as the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce has invested close to $250,000 back into the community.

4000 N Lincoln Ave Chicago, IL

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival June 11th, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

600 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222

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Carolina BBQ Festival June 11th, 2016


Carolina BBQ Festival is a food festival that takes place Jun 11, 2016 at Greenville Town Commons.

105 E. 1st St., Greenville, NC 27858

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BBQ RibFest June 16th-19th, 2016


The BBQ RibFest hosted in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is a four-day celebration of everything and anything ribs. Featuring some of the country’s most accomplished pit masters, this event combines a passion for excellent BBQ with live music featuring a variety of genres including blues, rock and country. Guests can participate in a 5k walk and run to support the festival.

Headwaters Park 330 South Clinton Street Fort Wayne, IN

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Peak City Pig Fest June 17th-18th, 2016


Pitmasters from all over the country come to Raleigh, North Carolina, to attend the Peak City Pig Fest and do what they do best. Over the course of two days, teams compete to create the most delicious dishes for the chance to win prize money and eternal bragging rights. Come join in the festivities and explore the work of some of the finest barbecue masters around!

Historic Downtown Apex N Salem St & Center St. Apex, NC

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Boom 97.3 Beach BBQ & Brews Festival June 17th-19th, 2016


The boom 97.3 Beach BBQ & Brews Festival is an annual festival taking place on Father’s Day weekend at Woodbine Park. Come out to this FREE EVENT to enjoy great BBQ and live music from The Trews, 54-40, and Big Sugar Reggae Style – along with a children’s area (complete with rides!), BBQ competitions, grilling demonstrations, craft vendors, and, of course, beer and beverage vendors. Saturday afternoon features children’s performers Al Simmons and Mini Pop Kids!

Woodbine Park 1695 Queen St E Toronto, ON

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival June 17th, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 microbrews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

National Harbor, Fort Washington, MD 20745

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King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival June 18th-19th, 2016


Smoke up (not like that) at the King of the County BBQ Challenge and Music Festival. Whether you take part in it or watch from the sidelines, this BBQ challenge is home to some of the most delicious BBQ that has yet to find your dinner plate. While you’re busy eating, there’s a Kids Zone and arts and crafts to make the event even more flavorful.

Waterfront Park, N Court St & Joe DiMaggio Dr. Martinez, CA

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6 Corners BBQ Fest June 18th-19th, 2016


The 6 Corners BBQ Fest is an annual cook-out in Chicago’s Northwest side featuring a variety of fun activities for the whole family. Festival-goers are treated to variety of grilled delectables, ranging from baby back ribs and pulled pork, to turkey legs and beef brisket. It also features a variety of attractions like live music, wrestling, puppet shows, dance workshops, karate demos and more.

 6 Corners Shopping District, 4043 North Milwaukee Avenue. Chicago, IL

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Great Lenexa BBQ Battle June 24th-25th, 2016


The annual Great Lenexa BBQ Battle in Lenexa, Kansas, is a mouthwatering celebration of all things barbecue. The two-day extravaganza traditionally features over 185 pitmasters, chefs and teams from around the region competing for top prizes in the categories of brisket, pork and chicken. Additional attractions include live musical performances and a children’s activity zone.

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park 14801 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS

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Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival June 24th-26th, 2016


Held in Rochester, New Hampshire, the Phantom Gourmet BBQ & Music Festival invites some of the finest barbecue experts from around the world to participate in a celebration of delicious food and fantastic music. The three-day event boasts a lineup of country musicians, a line dancing event, beach bar and purple dance floor to accompany the copious amounts of delicious barbecue.

Tri-City Stadium 72 Lafayette Street Rochester, NH

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Safeway Barbecue Battle June 25th-26th, 2016


Washington, D.C.’s Safeway Barbecue Battle is a two-day celebration of community and BBQ along Historic Pennsylvania Avenue. Teams and restaurants from across the U.S. compete for cash and prizes as well as the coveted title of National BBQ Champion. The event also features multiple bands across three stages, cooking demonstrations, wine and food tastings, beverage gardens and athletic activities. Billed as one of the nation’s top BBQ events, this is a food and fun-filled festival for the whole family.

Pennsylvania Ave between 9th & 14th St Washington, DC

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Duncan Ribfest June 25th-26, 2016


Duncan Ribfest is a food festival that takes place Jun 25-26, 2016 at Main Avenue in Downtown Duncan.

Main Ave & 9th St Duncan, NE

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USA BBQ Competitions May 2016

Truman Heritage Festival May 5-7, 2016


The Truman Heritage Festival in Grandview, Missouri, is an annual event with three days of fun for the whole family. The free, patriotic festival features a carnival, live music, a grand parade, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, a beer garden, an Armed Forces and Military Expo and a Kids Corner with engaging activities for the little ones. There’s also a BBQ Championship, with cash prizes awarded to winners in multiple categories.

Meadowmere Park 13610 Byars Rd Grandview, MO

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Electra Goat BBQ & Craft Show May 6-8, 2016


The 33rd Annual Electra Goat BBQ & Craft Show will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Electra Fairgrounds.  The event is sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society and kicks off with a Friday night jackpot steak cook-off. Cooking categories on Saturday include jackpot beans, chicken, ribs, brisket, and of course, GOAT!

Electra Fairgrounds 701 E Cleveland Ave Electra, TX

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 7, 2016


The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival makes pit stops in several cities across the US for a palate-pleasing celebration. The one-day event boasts over 60 micro-brews on tap, 40 barrel-aged bourbons and succulent, mouth-watering barbecue. Additional attractions include live bluegrass, blues and rock music, a cigar tent and tasting seminars lead by pitmasters, head distillers and brewmasters.

Symphony Park at Southpark Mall 4400 Sharon Rd Charlotte, NC

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World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 12-14, 2016


The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee, attracts hundreds of guests every year who come to celebrate all things barbecue. Teams grill and smoke to compete for a chance at winning over $110,000 in prizes and bragging rights. Aside from the competition itself, guests can witness the popular Ms. Piggie Idol, a singing contest where participants can show off their vocal talents

Tom Lee Park 450 Riverside Dr Memphis, TN

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Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-Off May 13-14, 2016


Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cookoff features a cooking competition across multiple categories including fajitas, seafood, ribs, chicken and of course, wild game. The festival is a benefit for Yaga’s Children’s Fund and offers several activities for kids including the Run Wild 5k, a non-competitive event to promote health while bringing the community together. The Kid’s Area has free arts and crafts, moonwalks and a petting zoo, and live entertainment adds to the party atmosphere.

Pier 21 2100 Harborside Dr Galveston, TX

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Lee County Fair & Rodeo May 19-21, 2016


The Lee County Fair & Rodeo in Giddings, Texas, is a May festival complete with a Charcoal Challenge BBQ, carnival and parade. Live music, food tastings, family-friendly activities and a car show are just a few things to partake in over this three-day festival. Each day of the festival honors a different group with festival discounts, the second day being Senior Citizens Day and the third day an Armed Forces Day Celebration.

Firemen’s Park 2495 W Hwy 290 Giddings, TX

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Houston Barbecue Festival May 22, 2016


The Houston Barbecue festival is a fairly new festival that has quickly garnered a large number of visitors because of the delicious BBQ offerings from only the best Houston BBQ joints and pitmasters. Aiming to recognize and celebrate Southern tastes, this event features great local music and ample amounts of great food, so come hungry! A portion of ticket proceeds goes toward supporting people with disabilities.

Reliant Park, 1 Reliant Park Houston, Texas

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Best Dam Barbecue Challenge May 27-28, 2016


Established in 2015, the Best Dam Barbecue Challenge is a tradition in Boulder City, Nevada that features some of the finest pitmasters in the country. Over 40 professional teams compete each year for a sizable cash prize, eternal bragging rights and an automatic place in the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue, which is considered one of the best competitions of its kind.

Bicentennial Park 999 Colorado St Boulder City, NV

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Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival


Kick off your summer in the gorgeous Rocky Mountains with some savory treats at the Beaver Creek Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival! Each year, barbecue chefs from around the world serve up mouth-watering morsels of ‘cue for voracious revelers to enjoy. Attendees can also watch the judging of the festival’s barbecue competition and see who gets crowned the victor. Folks can bring their kids along, too, as the festival is host to a fun, interactive Kids Zone complete with a variety of outdoor games and arts & crafts activities.

Beaver Creek Mountain, Beaver Creek Plaza, Beaver Creek, CO

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