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 from the Information Booth or Ticket Booth, then redeem your tickets for great tasting ribs! The 'Buck-A-Bone' is one dollar for one bone. This gives you an opportunity to sample a rib from a variety of Beltway Barbecue (BBQ) Showdown competitors. It's the best deal in town! Food is limited; get them while they last!
The 'People's Choice' Sauce 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 grill teams. Come early; sauces and meats are limited!
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.
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 AreaLet 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 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 representatives from three Prince George’s County Fire Departments 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! During each round of the grill competition we will have an opportunity for crowd participation; in Round 1, youth 17 and under can sign up to participate in our first ever Watermelon Eating Contest. During Round 2, we are spicing things up! For adults over 18, register to participate in our first ever Hot Wing Eating Challenge if you dare! The winner of each competition will be awarded a prize.
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.