Home of the 2014 FBA State Barbeque Championship

April 18 & 19, 2014


This a Florida BBQ Association sanctioned contest and the 2014 State Championship with four categories consisting of chicken, ribs, pork, and beef brisket. The contest is a qualifier for the Food Network’s World Food Championships, The Jack Daniels World Championships & The American Royal World Series of barbecuing. The contestants will receive more than $15,000 in cash prizes. Sixty Championship BBQ teams are excepted to compete at this year’s contest including Jack’s Old South, Big Papa’s Kitchen, Whiskey Bent, and Git –R-Smoked. This is the largest contest in Southwest Florida. Many of the competitors will be selling the their awesome barbeque to the general public!


We bring you the best in bluegrass with four concerts featuring the 2014 Grammy Nominated Boxcars! Also appearing are Balsam Range, Swing Bridge and a huge finale “Reunion of Friends” when the Boxcars and Balsam Range take the stage together! See Schedule of Events for show times.
**Reserved seating area is $15 or $10 in advance. The stadium seating area is FREE but you need to bring a comfy chair or blanket. Umbrellas, tents, pets, and coolers are prohibited.


Some of the nations top craft brewers will be presenting the brews for your enjoyment. A can’t miss for the true beer lover!


Local chefs and pitmasters will be given a mystery box of food aka the Iron Chef on Friday, which they have two hours to prepare and present for judging. The top 2 winning contestants will move on to the finals on Saturday.Winner takes $250!


All Activities available from 10am to 5pm

KID’S PARK will feature free face painting, a bouncy house, games, and much more. Plus – there will be visiting by our canine friends.

OUTDOOR LIVING you can browse through many different exhibits to learn how they can become part of your life style. Some of this year’s exhibits will feature “on the water”, “on the links”, “on the road”, and “in the air”.

COMMUNITY CORNER visit with many local businesses, non-profit organizations, and the City of Venice who will be offering information on their products and services. Be sure to see our canine friends from The Sheriff’s Office K-9 for Kids program, Sarasota County Search & Rescue and the Venice Police Dept. K9 unit.


KICK OFF PARTY - Friday April 18th – Enjoy an evening of Squire John’s Fish ‘n’ Chips, Craft Beers, corn-hole, and talk with your favorite Pitmasters, Certified Judges, Pepper Heads and Bakers. Entertainment provided by the Shames and the Gator Creek Band. Hosted by the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce.

SPORTING CLAYSFriday April 18th – An afternoon of shooting starting with a BBQ pork lunch prepared by Big Papa’s Country Kitchen (Best Pork at the World Food Championship) and ending with a dinner of Squire John’s fish ‘n’ chips. There will also be a drawing for a Baretta 12 GA Shotgun, a Browning 20 GA Shotgun and a Yeti Cooler. Register to participate

FLY IN FOR FOODIES fly in to Venice Municipal Airport (KVNC). The Suncoast Air Center staff will be there to help you with any needs. Take the FREE shuttle to the event. Enjoy the day or weekend in Venice.

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT This is an American Cornhole Association sanctioned tournament. There are two categories, open (30’ foul line) and tailgate (21’ foot foul iline). The top three winners in the open category will share a $1,000 purse and the top two winners in the tailgate division will receive plaques. Register to participate.

DESSERT BAKE-OFF Local bakers will compete to see has the best dessert in Southwest Florida. The top two bakers will win $500 in cash prizes and plaques. There will be an award for the people’s choice. Sampling tickets $5 each. Register to participate.

CHILI COOK-OFF This is a CASI sanctioned contest with points going toward the Terlingua International Championship. Additionally, there is an open category with $1,000 guaranteed cash purse, a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships in Las Vegas and bragging rights. There will be awards for the best showmanship and the people’s choice. Sampling tickets $5 each. Register to participate.