How does being able to eat brisket from California, chicken wings from Mississippi, and ribs from Texas sound—all in one place? New York’s Big Apple BBQ food fest makes that possible by bringing together barbecue experts from across the country in one huge flavorful event.
This annual food festival that began in 2002, tends to reel in a crowd in the thousands. The 2018 festival takes place June 9–10, and is open from 11 am–6 pm.
How do I get in?
The festival offers free entry to the public (this includes all live entertainment). The only thing you will need to pay for is the food and drinks. Each plate is around $10, and drinks vary in cost, depending on the beverage. The festival accepts all forms of payment.
Every year, restaurant owners and chefs from across the country venture to NYC to showcase their best barbecue dish to the public. This year, some of those people and plates include:
Jonathan and Justin Fox from Fox Brothers Bar-b-q in Atlanta, famous for their brisket and jalapeno cheddar sausage, and Leslie Roark Scott of Ubon’s Restaurant in Yazoo City, Mississippi, with a bloody Mary cucumber salad guests will be lining up to try. John Duncan from Baker’s Ribs in Dallas, will be preparing his St. Louis Ribs with Jalapeno Cole Slaw. And Sam Jones from Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina, will be cooking up his highly regarded Eastern North Carolina Whole Hog Sandwich with sweet slaw.
With two craft beer and wine gardens throughout the festival, you’re sure to find the perfect drink to accompany your meal. If you are looking for a non-alcoholic beverage with a fresh taste, look out for Natalie’s Squeezed Fresh Florida iced teas and juices.
Once you are all set with your food and drinks, head over to the stage and enjoy live entertainment from bands like Ben Sparaco and The New Effect from Nashville Tennessee, Mo Lowda & The Humble from Philadelphia, Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers from Jamaica Plain Massachusetts, and a variety of others from all over the US!
If you want to sit back, relax, and dine barbecue style, plan a trip to the Big Apple for the festival.
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