Thousands of hungry ‘cue lovers will descend on Atlantic Station on Sept 30th-October 1st as the Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival returns for its 3rd year.
The 2-day festival includes live music, the “Market Village” where attendees can purchase a wide range of barbecue merchandise, a barbecue competition featuring 50+ professional and “backyard teams”, as well as stands from some of Atlanta’s barbecue restaurants. At this point, participating restaurants include Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, Jim ‘N Nicks, Williamson Bros., and JD’s Bar-B-Que.
If you think you have what it takes to take a swing at the “Backyard” competition, TODAY is the final day to turn in your registration. Though the website claims that 50+ teams will compete for over $10,000 in prizes, as of today only 20+ appear listed, so there should still be room on the roster. The basic registration fee for a Backyard team is $200, and events include Chicken and Ribs, with the optional categories of sauce and “Anything Butt”. Pro teams will compete in Brisket, Chicken, Pulled Pork, Ribs and Whole Hog. If you think you have what it takes, fill out an application (found here) and get your entry in today for a shot at barbecue greatness.
I’ve always had scheduling conflicts that have prevented me from making it the last two years, so I’m excited to finally get the chance to attend. Organizers expect between 10-15,000 to come out for the event. What about you BBQ nuts? Anyone planning to make it out there this year?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog