About The Bash!

Venice Airport Festival Grounds A Finger Lickin' & Hot Pickin' Good Time! Free Parking / Free Admisssion!

A Finger Lickin' & Hot Pickin' Good Time!
Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Free Parking/Free Admission!

APRIL 20 & 21, 2018

Fri 5pm-9pm | Sat 10am-6pm

Suncoast Foundation Logo

Since 2010, the Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash has established itself as a destination for the best barbecue competition and bluegrass entertainment in Southwest Florida. It is the signature fund-raiser for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children (SFHC) plus funding many area non-profit organizations that participate.

The SFHC has constructed over 75,000 sq ft of buildings in Sarasota County, Florida. These buildings are located on three separate campuses: Sarasota, Venice and North Port. The facilities are leased for one dollar per year to non-profit agencies. Currently the facilities are occupied by Special Olympics, The Florida Center, Community Haven, Children’s First, Challenger Baseball, Sertoma Speech Clinic and the Loveland Center. Presently they are serving over 8,000 children and family with disabilities annually.

The net proceeds from the Bash will be used to support and maintain all of the facilities both now and in the future. This will ensure that the legacies of Kevin Brown, Tom Brown, John Cox, Tim Erickson, Kathy Hazard, Lt.General Rolland Heiser, Gary Jones, Ken Linguard, John Olliver, Orville Ray, Bob Ritz, John Ryan, Bill Sirios, Bob Stanton, Hollis Trucker,Jr., Gene Whipp, Steve Zagony, Dave Jaques, and Robert Woods who were so instrumental in supporting the foundation’s mission will be preserved.

Our Mission

To ensure that non-profits organizations can continue to serve children with disabilities in our community in rent-free facilities.

Nature of Activities

The Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc. (Suncoast Foundation) was incorporated in 1984, as a not-for-profit organization, whose primary purpose is to facilitate the construction or acquisition of facilities and/or equipment for handicapped children and young adults which will assist them in developing their capacity for independence from institutional lifestyles and in so doing enhance their ability to enter and participate in society. The facilities are to be operated by a not-for-profit organization with the resources and expertise to manage them in a responsible, beneficial, and fiscally prudent manner. The Suncoast Foundation owns real estate, property and equipment and leases these to other not-for-profit organizations for a nominal charge.

Our Vision

Don Fisher

"To establish a special destination venue of competition barbecuing and bluegrass entertainment in a family friendly environment and be a marquee event by offering top-notch bluegrass music and attracting the nation's top pit masters!"

Don Fisher

Donations Are Welcomed

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We're located in Venice, FL at the Venice Municiplal Airport festival grounds

Venice Airport
610 Airport Ave E.
Venice, FL 34285

Parking Guide

Because of single-road access to the parking areas there is a limit on the number of cars an hour that can make it in and out of the parking area.

ENTERING – During peak hours there will be three lanes to enter the parking at the gate. Please stay in designated lanes and follow instructions from our parking attendants. Remember there is shuttle service to the entrance gates.

EXITING – Follow the marked driveways. Do not cut across for there is numerous soft sand areas.