Get ready folks we are in the season of lots of happenings here in Lakeland Florida. Today I want to talk to you about the upcoming Pig Festival in Lakeland Florida. The Pigfest starts on Friday, January 25, 2013 at 6 PM and ends at 10 PM. There will be live music on 2 Stages. For the line up check out their Facebook page: I Love Lakeland Pig Festival
Admission to the Pig Festival will be free. However, if you want to eat and grab some good finger licking barbecue stop by at the pig bucks booth located near the entrances and exchange your cash for some pig bucks.
I can’t imagine spending a better way than to attend this year’s Lakeland’s Annual Pig Fest on January 25 and 26, 2013. In it’s 17th year for its barbecue competition, such as the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition, Publix Supermarket Backyard BBQ competition, and for kids, Kids-Q barbecue contest, enticing professional barbecue teams to travel to our beautiful city .
On Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 10:00 am is when the real competition begins. Competitors from all over the country will flock to Lakeland Florida to compete in four different categories including Ribs, Chicken, Pork, and Brisket.
There will also be a Kids-Q where children will compete on their own grills. The Kids-Q was started in 2004 when competitors came to the realization they did not want the art of Barbeque to disappear after they were no longer here so they have brought the kids into the mix by giving them a fun way to participate in the competition. And these kids are phenomenal cooks. Not to mention what a great family event! Read more about things to do with kids in and around Lakeland Florida.
How did it all start out? It started all in 1994 when a small group of local businessmen attended the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tyron, N.C. to watch a barbecue championship. From then on, a festival committee was established and Lakeland’s Pig Festival welcomed its first barbecue competitors in 1997. Since then, professional teams and backyard teams travel great distances to compete separate in now five different categories in Ribs (loin and spare), Pork (shoulder and butt), Chicken, Brisket (beef) and Sauce. The Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Professional Competition and Judging School considers Lakeland’s Pig Fest to be one of the finest events sanctioned by KCBS. Lakeland’s annual Pig Fest held at Joker Marchant Stadium has since then grown to over 300 Barbecue Teams competing for prize money and attendance growing quickly each year.
The Junior League of Greater Lakeland became in 2005 the lead organizer for this great event and they do an outstanding job providing volunteers to see that this free event is run smoothly. The Lakeland Pig Festival has contributed over $650,000 to local charities and growing. The event in itself is free, such as the concerts – as you walk towards the gate, let me suggest you buy “Pig Dollars” near the entrance for food and drinks and also some for your kids, since I’m sure they want to take part in arts & crafts, climbing and jumping. Don’t worry if you run out of the “Pig Dollars or “Pig Bucks”, there are various locations throughout the area for you to buy more.
It is a fun event for the whole family to enjoy.