This festival has previously been held at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.
But this was the first time I've had a chance to go, so I ran up after work on Friday.
Sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and by Proclamation of the Governor of WV, this event serves as the WV State BBQ Championship qualifying our WV Grand Champion for an entry into the prestigious Jack Daniels Worldwide Invitational BBQ Tournament - referred to as the "Super Bowl of BBQ". In addition, the WV Grand Champion also receives an entry to the American Royal BBQ Competition. With over $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, the 2019 WV State BBQ Championship is the place to be in June.
This Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned BBQ competition in WV hosted over 70 of the best BBQ teams from 20 states in our 2018 KCBS sanctioned 4-meat competition and Backyard BBQ Contest. The event also offers a variety of activities including a variety of Fun inflatables, face painting, & balloon sculptures for the kids, Artists and Crafters offering unique hand-crafted items with many providing demonstrations of their work during the event. Adults will enjoy sipping a variety of craft and domestic ales at our WV Craft Beer Garden, and the 2019 event also partners with a local wine festival with a variety of great wineries. Attendees can also enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the event, several Food vendors serving delicious award-winning BBQ, homemade ice cream, kettle corn, deep-fried calzones, freshly made pizza, frozen lemonade (Zul's), funnel cake, cinnamon rolls, mini donuts made to order, WV Pepperoni rolls, along with some unique items including Steamed Blue crabs, Crabcakes, Shark Bites, Gater Dogs (yep, alligator too), and more! There's definitely something delicious for everyone! Voted one of the top 25 BBQ Events in the US by Travelocity,I tried BBQ from two places: Gil's Pit Beef, which had a more shaved pork.
And then there was Big Girls BBQ, where I got mac & cheese and a pulled pork sandwich.
This sandwich was more traditional pulled pork.
They had a variety of sauces.