Mark your calendars! The Great Americana BBQ Festival will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the historic Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin.
The Festival is a Kansas City Barbeque Society-sanctioned event and will feature a combination of Pro Division and Backyard Teams, competing across multiple categories for more than $10,000.00 in prize money. Festival goers will be able to participate in the judging by selecting the “People’s Champion”, and the official winner of the Pro Division will go on to compete in the Jack Daniels competition in Lynchburg, TN.
BBQ will take center stage with vendors, grilling demonstrations and a kids competition. The event will feature a variety of other attractions that will appeal to different interests! The Festival is partnering with Kimbro’s Pickin’ Parlor to provide an amazing lineup of local and regional bands on the official music stage throughout the day, featuring some of the best talent Music City has to offer.
The Tennessee Distillers Guild will host a Distillers Tasting Tent, where Festival goers (ages 21+) can sample offerings from 12-14 distilleries, from some of the oldest registered distilleries in the state to some of the newest. Samples of Tennessee whiskey, rum, rye, vodka and moonshine will be on hand for tasting.
Local craft brewers will also be on hand in our Brewers Tasting Tent, where a variety of unique artisan craft brews will be available for tasting. Want to find out more about the booming craft beer trend in Middle Tennessee? Many of the brewers will be on hand to answer questions.
The Great Americana BBQ Festival is a family-friendly event, with tickets for adults starting at $5.00, and kids aged 12 and under entering free of charge. The Festival will feature an antique and specialty car show and arts and crafts vendors.
Produced by the Franklin Noon Rotary Charitable Foundation, all proceeds from the Festival will go to local community beneficiaries. FNRC is in it’s sixth decade of service to Middle Tennessee, during which time it has raised over $2 million for community needs. FNRC is known for its sponsorship of the Franklin Rodeo, which is the longest running annual event in Williamson County. The addition of the Great Americana BBQ Festival marks a new chapter for FNRC, as it promises to become another of the region’s premier events. Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant, a longtime community supporter, has generously partnered with FNRC as the Festival’s Presenting Sponsor.
For more information on becoming a competitor, sponsor or vendor at the Festival, as well as information on the different levels of Festival access and ticket purchases, please visit www.greatamericanabbqfestival.com.