The Western North Carolina BBQ Festival at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

Friday & Saturday July 22 & 23

Join us for the WNC BBQ Festival, “Smokin’ in the Valley” held in Maggie Valley NC. The MV Chamber will host this two day event featuring mouth-waterin’ BBQ, live entertainment, authentic arts and crafts fair, kids zone including bouncy house, 9 hole mini golf course, face painting, yard games and Jinks the Entertainment Robot, chainsaw art demonstrations, and plenty of festival fun!

2016 Governor’s Proclamation

You Be The Judge!

Arts & Crafts and More!

KCBS Sanctioned Event


Let’s face it, BBQ is a southern tradition -- with plenty of secret family recipes -- here’s a way to taste some of the most mounth-waterin’ BBQ of the region. Each a little different than the other! You be the JUDGE --WHO HAS THE BEST?

FRIDAY, July 22

Area restaurants and caterers compete for prize money, a trophy, and bragging rights for preparing THE BEST pulled pork BBQ in WNC. Each team is allowed to bring along one sauce.

Ticket holders will taste 2 oz samples of pulled pork from each team, along with a sample of baked beans and cole slaw, and then vote for their favorite pulled pork BBQ. Award will be presented on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Enjoy samples of  locally made wine. Soda, water, and ice cold beer sold nearby.

MAGGIE’S BEST – People’s Choice

Today the Kansas City BBQ Society Professional cooking teams on site compete against each other in four categores: pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and brisket. Professional judges are on site to sample the teams entires. The entries are  judged  on  taste, appearance, and tenderness. Teams earn points in each category and are awarded prize money and trophies for the top 10 entries. Awards are presented on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Following the main competition, several teams will enter their pulled pork BBQ in the MAGGIE’S BEST ( people’s choice) competition. Ticket holders wil sample 2 oz of pulled pork from each team then vote for their favorite. Award will be presented on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

Western North Carolina BBQ Festival Sponsors



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