9th Annual Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash, April 20th & 21st
VENICE - The Suncoast BBQ Bash is Southwest Florida’s marquee barbecue and bluegrass event attracting tens of thousands of folks every year. Venice plays host to elite barbecue cook teams and award-winning bluegrass bands from all over the United States. If you have never tasted award-winning barbecue or heard toe-tapping bluegrass music, you are in for a treat!
The event starts Thursday night with the Meet Our Champions party at Snook Haven featuring Cookin’ with Kids. On Friday there is the annual Sporting Clays Tournament followed by the TGIF Party at 5 PM with a classic car & truck cruise-in, a fish fry dinner and live music by the Swing Bridge bluegrass band and friends. Saturday will be a full day of BBQ, Bluegrass & Ice Cold Budweiser! We promise you’ll have a lot of fun and you won’t go home hungry!
Full Event Schedule
THURSDAY – APRIL 19
MEET OUR CHAMPIONS
The welcoming of our champions, sponsors, media sponsors and the volunteer committee at Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL. 34292. Tickets are $25. Buy your ticket today!
- 5 PM - MEET & GREET
- 5 PM - ENTERTAINMENT BY THE GATOR CREEK BAND
- 6 PM – KIDS BURGER COOK-OFF
- 6 PM – BUFFET DINNER
- 7 PM – AWARDS & THE ROASTING OF A FRIEND
FRIDAY – APRIL 20
Enjoy a day of sporting clays shooting at the Sarasota Gun Club, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis, FL 34275.
- 9 AM – REGISTRATION & WARM UP SHOOTING
- 9:30 AM – SAFETY MEETING & BIRDS FLY
- 12 PM – LUNCH & AWARDS
Enjoy an evening of Fish ‘n’ Chips and talk with your favorite Pitmasters, BBQ Judges and Pepper Heads. There is free live Bluegrass Entertainment, Classic Car Cruise-In and Kids Park.
- 5 PM – MEET AND GREET THE CONTESTANTS & FRIENDS
- 5 PM – AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS WITH THE SWINGING BRIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND WITH FRIENDS
- 5 PM – 9 PM - OLD TOWN SALOON
- 5 PM – 9 PM - KID'S PARK
- 6 PM – FISH FRY DINNER
- 6 PM – TGIF CRUISE-IN
SATURDAY – APRIL 21
PROFESSIONAL BBQ COOK-OFF
The nation's top BBQ teams will compete for a $20,000 purse, supported by Smokin' with Smithfield, plus invitations to the World Food Championships and the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. The contest is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and is a qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championships and the American Royal World Series of barbecuing.
- 11 AM – PUBLIC TASTING OF GENUINE COMPETITION BBQ by cash
- 11 AM - FBA CERTIFIED JUDGING
AN AFTERNOON OF BLUEGRASS
Bluegrass music is an age-old tradition from the Appalachian Mountains. If you love speedy banjo pickin’ and high lonesome vocals come spend an afternoon with top award-winning bluegrass bands Volume 5, Russell Moore and III Tyme Out and the Lonesome River Band. The concert is FREE but you need to bring a comfy chair or blanket. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers are prohibited. Donations are always welcome.
- 11:00 AM – SWINGING BRIDGE
- 12:15 PM – LONESOME RIVER BAND
- 1:30 PM – RUSSELL MOORE AND IIIrd TYME OUT
- 2:45 PM – VOLUME FIVE
- 4:00 PM – AN APPALACHIAN JAM
- 4:45 PM – TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIENDS
Thirty teams will compete for a $1,000 cash purse and an invitation to World Food Championship. Awards are also given for the best showmanship, best restaurant and the people’s choice.
Sampling tickets will be sold for five dollars each.
- 11 AM – PUBLIC SAMPLING by ticket
- 12 PM – JUDGING
The tournament will be a 64-team bracket–style with pairing determined by a random drawing. The top three winners will share a $500 purse.
- 11 AM – REGISTRATION & WARM UP
- 12 PM – DOUBLE ELIMINATE PLAY WITH AWARDS TO FOLLOW
A private area for sponsors only.
11 AM – 5 PM
The park is free to all children.
- 10 AM – 5 PM - Games & Rides
- 11 AM - 1 PM - Canine Friends
- NOON - 3 PM - Face Painting
- 1 PM - 3 PM - Clowns
OLD TOWN SALOONS
Enjoy a variety of Craft Beers from Goose Island, Firefly Moonshine, Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon, Deep' Eddy Vodka, Platinum Gin, Fireball, Blue Chair Rum and Margaritaville Gin.
- 11 AM – 6 PM
COMMUNITY SAFTEY EXHIBITS
Browse through the many different exhibits from the Sarasota Couty Sheriff's Office, the City of Venice Fire & Police Departments, North Port Police Department and Florida Wildlife Commission.
- 10 AM – 5 PM
Stroll around and see classic cars and trucks, vintage NASCAR cars and antique tractors from years gone by.
- 10 AM – 5 PM
Take advantage of dozens of products and services that have been donated or pick out your favorite event souvenir: T-shirts, hats, aprons and more! Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket for the 50/50 cash drawing.
- 10 AM – 5 PM
The final moment all the contestants are waiting for, who are the winners!!
- 5:00 PM – COOKIN' WITH THE KIDS
- 5:15 PM – CHILI COOK-OFF
- 5:30 PM – BBQ COOK-OFF
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