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Upcoming BBQ Events List

May 23: Jim Auchmutey Presents Smokelore, A Short History of Barbecue in America - Atlanta, Georgia
At this event at the Atlanta History Center, Jim Auchmutey follows the delicious and contentious history of barbecue in America from the ox roast that celebrated the groundbreaking for the U.S. Capitol building to the first barbecue launched into space almost 200 years later. The narrative covers the golden age of political barbecues, the evolution of the barbecue restaurant, the development of backyard cooking, and the recent rediscovery of traditional barbecue craft. More info here.

May 23-26: Hot Luck Festival - Austin, Texas
Created by Aaron Franklin, James Moody, and Mike Thelin, Hot Luck occurs every Memorial Day weekend in Austin and at pop-ups around the country. It features food, music, events, and more. The main event of Hot Luck is Al Fuego, a live-action, flame-fueled celebration of open-air cooking styles — from Texas to Thailand. They push the chefs to cook what they might prepare for friends in their own backyards. Aaron Franklin might even build them a specialty cooker. More info here.

May 24-26: 8th Annual BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay - North Bend, Oregon
The Mill’s BBQ, Blues & Brews on the Bay has grown into one of Oregon’s biggest barbecue events. Finger lickin’ good barbecue, hand-crafted beers, and smokin’ hot tunes are all part of the fun. Whether you’re a grill master or just love to eat great barbecue, this event at The Mill Casino might be for you. More info here.

May 30: Rib King NYC 2019 - Brooklyn, New York
Rib King NYC is the first barbecue event curated by Sean Ludwig of The Smoke Sheet and NYC BBQ. This all-you-can-eat-and-drink event in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and will be a celebration of pork, beef, and lamb ribs with more than 10 pitmasters and chefs from NYC. There will also be unlimited beer, cider, wine, and spirits. Both Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice trophies will be handed out. More info here.

May 30-June 3: Atlanta Food & Wine Festival - Atlanta, Georgia
The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival is an entire weekend dedicated to Southern cuisine. From great down-home delicacies to the freshest fusion dishes, the most sought-after wines to hot new bar favorites, this festival aims to please even the most finicky foodie. Over the course of the weekend attendees have the chance to participate in exclusive wine and food tastings featuring more than 250 restaurants, artisans, chefs and producers. More than 90 classes are offered to educate and entertain guests as they explore regional flavors and traditions, including cooking classes. More info here.

June 8-9: Tony Stone BBQ Competition - Amsterdam, Netherlands
The eighth annual Tony Stone BBQ Competition takes place June 8-9 in Amsterdam. The competition was Europe’s first contest sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and a popular event for Americans to attend. The event is free and open to the public and will include a BBQ market, demonstrations, and activities for children. Competitive events include KCBS barbecue competition, Kids Q competitions, Steak Cookoff Association contest, and Tailgating competition. More info here.

June 14-15: The Great Eldorado BBQ, Blues & Brews Festival - Reno, Nevada
Fire up the grills, tap the kegs, and crank up the tunes for Reno’s best summer kick-off party. Join the fun at the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, June 14 and 15. The event is equal parts barbeque block party, microbrew tasting event with more than 50 microbrews from around the world and music festival with two stages featuring nonstop rock and blues. More info here.

June 14-16: Denver BBQ Fest - Denver, Colorado
Get ready to go hog wild this Father’s Day weekend at the second annual Denver BBQ Festival. They will be bringing back may of the best pitmasters to serve the Q that made them famous. Even better, they’ve added a few new faces and expanded the menu way beyond the basics. There will also be live music and activities for the whole family. More info here.

June 16: Birthright BBQ Fest - Dallas, Texas
Dallas Heritage Village and Four Corners Brewing Co. invite you to celebrate Father’s Day at a barbecue event like no other. Smell and taste barbecue cooking over an open pit by pitmasters and chefs such as Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Todd David of Cattleack Barbecue, Evan Leroy of Leroy & Lewis, Erin Smith and Patrick Feges of Feges BBQ, Miguel and Modesty Vidal of Valentina’s Tex Mex, and special guest from North Carolina, Elliot Moss of Buxton Hall. Beer, barbecue and live music are all included in the price of admission. Tickets go on sale on May 1. More info here.

June 22-23: The Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle - Washington, D.C.
This June, historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., will become the epicenter of barbecue perfection. The biggest part of the event is the Cooking Contest, which will feature big names like Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, and Moe Cason competing with teams from around the U.S. Also, lots of U.S. barbecue joints from will be there serving food and more than 30 bands will perform live on three stages. More info here.

September 12-15: American Royal World Series of Barbecue - Kansas City, Missouri
The American Royal is celebrating 40 years of competition barbecue in 2019! On top of a huge KCBS competition with teams from around the country, this signature Kansas City event includes public-facing activities, including incredible live music, delicious BBQ and local food, a full line up of kids activities, and a vendor fair authentic to Kansas City and BBQ enthusiasts. More info here.

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