Featured Events

Under the Big Tent - the Tasting Tent

Enjoy the best ribs in town prepared by the hottest grill teams in the area! If you don't mind licking your fingers, this is the place for you! This is how it works: purchase your tickets, $1.50 for one rib Bone, from the Information Booth or Ticket Booth then redeem your tickets at the Tasting Tent for great tasting ribs ~ its that easy! This gives you an opportunity to sample a rib from a variety of Beltway BBQ Showdown competitors and other grillers. It's the best deal in town! Food is limited ~ get ‘em while they last!

The People Choice Rib Contest
10 random visitors will be selected to be ‘Rib Judge for the Day’. These judges will have the opportunity to taste and vote for the best ribs which determine the winner of the $500 prize. Who knows – this year’s judge may be you!

The Sauce Boss Contest
Enjoy different sauces from Beltway BBQ competition teams. Voting is simple: for $1 get 3 chicken samples, select from the variety of savory sauces, then vote for your favorite! The winner will be declared and announced from the main stage at the end of the day. Some of the sauces are available for purchase from the teams. Come early; sauces and meats are limited!

Cooking Demonstrations 
Check out informative, creative and innovative demos from our master chef who will share professional secrets, recipes and kitchen skills to improve your way around the kitchen and grill! It wouldn't be a cooking demonstration without tasty, free samples.(PDF).

Around the Grounds

Beer and Wine Garden

Adults with proper identification (ID) will be able to purchase a beverage in the garden area near the main stage. Enjoy the performances with a beer or glass of wine in hand!

Children's Amusement Area

Let your child be a kid with the fun attractions; moon bounces, games, face painting, and craft projects. And for everyone, we'll have a commemorative photo stand. Check out the animals in the Petting Farm!

Commemorative Photo Stand

Create a memorable keepsake photo in the BBQ Showdown cutout! Grab a few friends and family members for a one of a kind souvenir.

Classic Car Show

This popular event is back and better than ever! See the candy-colored retro cars and trucks. Know of someone who would like to compete? Give them the car show registration application (PDF).

On Stage

Enjoy great, live entertainment all in one location! The line-up is currently being confirmed; once it is, the performance schedule will be posted.

Slice & Dice Showdown

Inspired by The Food Network’s Chopped™, we will put three contestants against one another for the title of Slice & Dice Master Chef. The chefs have only two rounds to prove themselves on the grill – appetizers and entrée - which must be crafted from a challenging mystery basket of items. With one chef facing the chopping block each round, the heat is on! These culinary delights must be both tasty and visually appealing to satisfy the pallets of our esteemed and critical judges. With little time for planning and execution, these chefs better produce or else ~ be CUT!


We have it all! Food, crafts, merchandise and exhibitors. Make sure you enjoy the tasty food, fill your bags with great purchases or introduce your organization to the community. Think you have something great to sell? Please submit a completed application.