Top 5 BBQ Festivals Worth The Drive

Instead of firing up the grill, fire up your engine and take a road trip to Georgia's best BBQ festivals!  Professionals and Amateurs will battle over who is the best of the best in the world of BBQ.  Check out these statewide favorites, and stay tuned for the results of the Gateway Macon Top BBQ survey.

1.  Big Pig Jig

November 4-7, 2015

"Often imitated but not yet duplicated, BIG PIG JIG® remains the southeast's largest and Georgia's oldest OFFICIAL barbecue cooking contest. BIG PIG JIG® was born in Vienna, Georgia when a group of self-professed gourmets made wagers on who among them could cook the most succulent pig!"

2.  Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival

September 10-12, 2015

Downtown Blue Ridge sets the stage as a fantastic back drop and venue location for a perfect early fall event. The leaves start to change with cooler days and crisp evenings that invite outdoor activities! The sounds of Blues music and the sweet smell of BBQ from local and regional cookers will fill the air as families and groups of friends enjoy this unique setting and event.

3.  Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival

August 14-15, 2015

The 7th Annual Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival is Turning Up the Flavor! The world of BBQ will be at your fingertips as we serve up the many styles, cooking techniques and flavors of BBQ in a 2-day celebration of America's biggest backyard pastime.  Whether you love Texas, Carolina, Memphis, St. Louis or Kentucky style, the Atlanta BAR-B-Q Festival IS the Crossroads of BAR-B-Q!

4.  Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

August 21–22, 2015

In addition to being a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition and Backyard BBQ contest, the City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival features over 200 vendor, exhibitor and contestant booths, an island-themed Kid Zone, tons of tasty treats to satisfy every whim, and an incredible lineup of live entertainment and street performers.

5.  Classic City BBQ Festival

August 14-15, 2015

The third annual Classic City BBQ Festival will heat up Aug. 14-15 at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga.  The family-friendly festival attracted 2,400 people last year. The event will feature three barbecue contests, local barbecue restaurant vendors, an outdoor music stage, classic car show, tailgate tradeshow, kids zone and more.  The festival is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and is an official Georgia BBQ Championship 2015 Tour Event.

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