Kansas City Hosts 33rd Annual World Series of Barbecue®

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World’s Largest Barbecue Championship Features Over 500 BBQ Teams Competing for World BBQ Championship in Kansas City

American Royal World Series of Barbecue

American Royal World Series of Barbecue

“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of fans, families, and barbecue-enthusiasts to another great year at the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue,” ~ Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO.

Kansas City welcomes a record-breaking 545 professional barbecue teams of pitmasters and master grillers from around the world to compete at the American Royal 33rd Annual World Series of Barbecue® championship contests this October 4-7. The prominent event is the largest barbecue contest in the world, spreading over 20 acres in Kansas City’s historic Stockyards District with barbecue teams competing for top barbecue championship titles and prizes, and includes and family-friendly festival with live music and bands, cooking demonstrations, a Kids Korral, and interactive entertainment.

The World Series of Barbecue is a “must attend” event for competitive pitmasters and backyard barbecue enthusiasts alike. The competition is intense – many of the top-ranked BBQ teams compete in the American Royal’s Open and Invitational barbecue contests, which are considered the season finale for teams in the competitive barbecue circuit. This year, Destination American is back to film on-site footage for the hit TV show “BBQ Pitmasters” featuring some of the world’s best in barbecue competing at the prestigious American Royal contest.

This year, the American Royal officially becomes the home of the Barbecue Hall of Fame SM and will honor the 2012 inductees in three categories: Henry Ford (Business/Industry) for his role in creating the charcoal briquette, Johnny Trigg (Pitmaster) a featured personality on TLC and Destination America’s hit TV show “BBQ Pitmasters”, and Guy Fieri (Celebrity/Humanitarian) host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.

Combine these contests with a barbecue-related trade expo, live bands and musical performances from headliners including American Idol “sweetheart” Lauren Alaina, cooking demonstrations from culinary experts and nationally recognized top chefs, and a Kids Korral featuring a petting zoo, and this popular four-day food festival earns its title as the World Series of Barbecue®!

The World Series of Barbecue is one of the most popular and highly attended events on the professional barbecue competition circuit. In 2012, the World Series of Barbecue was dubbed the “world’s largest and most famous barbecue contest” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine. It is organized and hosted by the American Royal Association, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting youth and education. In 2011, the American Royal Association contributed $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards through funds raised by endowments, contributions, sponsorships and revenues gained through events such as the World Series of Barbecue®.

“We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of fans, families, and barbecue-enthusiasts to another great year at the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue,” said Bob Petersen, American Royal President & CEO. “If you haven’t been to Kansas City to experience this event, put it on your calendar. You won’t regret it.”

For more information or to inquire about sponsorship and marketing opportunities, visit call (816) 221-9800 or visit http://www.AmericanRoyal.com.

Press Contacts:
Jennifer Brand | jbrand(at)BrandSolutionsGroup(dot)com | (636) 448-2953
Jeremy Povenmire | jeremyp(at)AmericanRoyal(dot)com | (816) 569-4047

About the American Royal
The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2011, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.

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