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Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 01, 2015
One of our nation’s largest and most popular Annual food and music festivals, the Safeway Barbecue Battle, officially kicks off the 2015 summer season on June 27 and 28. For more than two decades, The Safeway Barbecue Battle has been cooking up lots of great food, music & fun on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue. This exciting nationally recognized event offers Washington D.C. area residents and visitors alike, a two-day line-up of everything from tempting BBQ & Grilled food samples to cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits and non-stop live entertainment on three music stages.
Now celebrating its 23rd year, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food & music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast, the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime in our Nation’s Capital. The event has received numerous awards such as being named “One of Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country” by CNN, a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel, “One of America’s Best BBQ Competitions” by Saveur Magazine and “An Event Worth Traveling To” by the American Bus Association, just to name a few.
Pennsylvania Avenue will be smoking with lots of great BBQ cooked up by America’s Top Chefs from across the country. This two-day festival features teams competing for their share of over $40,000 in Cash & Prizes in contests throughout the weekend. Contests include the National Pork Board’s National Pork BBQ Championship and The Military Chef Cook-Off benefiting the USO. Other Contests include the USDA Choice Beef Contest, Open Nature Lamb Contest, Safeway Select Rib Contest & America’s Best BBQ Chicken Contest, all sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.
There are interactive activities and attractions for families and kids of all ages to enjoy like Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill, Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, the Spamerica Tour, Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour, Celebrate Alabama Tour, The Big Bite Tour, Colgate Bright Smiles Tour, Amstel Light Beverage Gardens, Wine Sampling area and more. The Safeway Sampling Pavilion—longer than an entire football field—offers a line-up of delicious and tempting free BBQ & Grilled food samples, while Cookbook Authors and Celebrity Chef’s like Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone, Destination America’s popular “BBQ Pitmasters” entertain and educate with cooking demonstrations on the Safeway Demonstration Stage.
There’s something for everyone’s musical taste with an eclectic mix of 30 bands on three stages performing Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Country, R&B and Go Go. This year’s line-up includes artists such as EU featuring Sugar Bear, Be’la Dona, Trouble Funk and The Chuck Brown Band on the Pepsi-Lay’s Sound Stage and The Morrison Brothers, Paul Pfau from the Voice and Kelly Bell on the Famous Dave’s Stage.
While entertaining so many food, music and fun-lovers, the Safeway Barbecue Battle has raised over $1.6 million dollars for DC Children’s Charities and donated tons of food to area Food Banks. In 2015, the event will also raise funds for the USO of Metropolitan Washington with a Military Chef cook-off in which attendees will be given the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite Military Chef representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
For more information about this unique annual Washington Food & Music Celebration, please call 202-488-6990 or EMAIL Melanie Hosch, PR Director. You can visit our website at http://www.BBQinDC.com or explore our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @bbqindc for more information. Photos available by CLICKING HERE.