UPCOMING: Food Truck Festival SUN – June 2nd  +  Burger Brawl SAT – July 20th  +  BBQ Festival  SAT – Aug 17th & 18th

First Annual Evansville BBQ Festival

First Annual Evansville BBQ Festival

First Annual Evansville BBQ Festival is coming to the downtown riverfront this August 17th, 2019.

Evansville will host its first masters-level barbecue competition on the riverfront as part of the 2019 Evansville HydroFest™. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, it will attract barbecue professionals from throughout the country, serving up a wide range of barbecue types and flavors to compete for prize money and for consumption by the public. Entry categories to include chicken, pork ribs, pork butt and brisket.
The BBQ Fest will be located along Riverside between Court and Main Streets with direct view of the hydroplane races. Judging will happen on Saturday afternoon along with a ticketed sampling event for the public. Barbecue will also be available for sale afterwards in larger meal and take-out portions on Saturday late afternoon and evening, and again on Sunday. Additional details to follow.
TICKET INFORMATION: BBQ Sampling event details are coming soon. This is a VERY LIMITED ticketed all-you-can-eat event(or until the competition bbq runs out). We recommend you get your tickets as soon as they are released. The ticket sales will be announced very soon.


Purse: TBD
Entry Fee: $195 and $295 for double-wide

Competition Teams Submission Form: