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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

Event-Goers Can Enjoy True Competition BBQ!

BBQ Ribs

This BBQ contest brings some of the best professional BBQ teams from around the world! Why? Because of the great facilities, beautiful Florida weather, and you -- great fans and crowds! The contest is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and selected as one of the best BBQ events in Florida. Up for grabs are $20,000 and an invitation to the World Food Championships and Sonny's Smokin' Showdown. The event is also a qualifier for The Jack Daniels & The American Royal World championships.

Taste the Best!

One of the things that make our BBQ Contest stand out is that generally the the public doesn't get the opportunity to sample genuine competition BBQ, but not here! Many of the teams offer their finger lickin' yummy BBQ for sale to the public. There are four contest categories: chicken, ribs, pork, and beef brisket. Up to 50 Championship BBQ teams are excepted to compete at this year’s contest including world champion teams like Jack’s Old South, Big Papa’s Kitchen, Swamp Boys BBQ, Hot Wachulas, Blitzkrieg BBQ, Sweet Smoke Q, Awesome Que, Whiskey Bent, and Git–R-Smoked. This is the largest contest in Southwest Florida. See a list of all the teams competing this year.

More than Just BBQ, there is an excellent concert featuring award-winning bluegrass entertainment, lots of fun exhibits and more. If you need a place to stay see the lodging page.

Are you a competitive BBQ Team? Come compete - get details and apply today!

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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, the number of cars that can enter and egress in an hour is limited.

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

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

PLEASE BE PATIENCE AND EVERY THING WILL MOVE MUCH FASTER!