Big Fat Daddy’s would like to sponsor Hogging Up again, and has found what appears to be a good location for a future KCBS BBQ Festival & Competition closer to home base near York, Pennsylvania. This undisclosed location will power big rigs and have a covered building for the judges. We are currently discussing possibilities with the property owner who has ongoing construction and improvements to the site. It is unforseen when all these improvements will be completed and if we can book a date for 2016 but we are working on it. Things have been busy for Big Fat Daddy’s during 2015 doing the Factory Tour Stop for the County of York–the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. These barbecue tours raise money for Bell Socialization Services, a local shelter in York Pennsylvania. So far we’ve had visitors from 12 different states who have enjoyed their visit. This came after we’d been inducted into the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and on top of that filmed on the second season of Food Network’s Carnival Eats show for our Colossal Got Beef? ® Crabcake.
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It’s only March and we have less than 20 VIP Packages left! As some are being quickly nabbed up for the media and press, that doesn’t leave many left for the general public. Find out why you need these backstage passes here. If you know someone who loves BBQ this is the ultimate experience.
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Families who attend “Hogging Up” will receive a Hogging Up Schedule of Events Book this year while supplies last. It will be chock full of ads, specials and coupon codes from our sponsors! If you are a community business and want to take advantage of this, get on board now for 2014 year! It’s as easy as selecting and option, emailing us your files, and payment! Once the book goes to print, you will receive a digital file of the book as proof of insertion! Here is an example of pricing:
Let’s give a Big Hogging Up Welcome to Mike and Michelle Lackey, Pitmasters of Hog-it-Up BBQ Team out of Bluemont, Virginia. They were our 1st place dessert winners last year, and for 2014 they are back with a vengeance. Additionally, they are a pit stop on our Saturday BBQ Tour, and a special tour stop for our VIPS (Find out about VIP’s here).
Pitmasters: Mike & Michelle Lackey
Representing: Bluemont, VA
This just in, BBQ Tour stops set for Friday and Saturday June 28-29th 2014 during the Hogging Up BBQ Festival are going to feature some of the best teams we’ve seen! Five total stops, here is a sneak peak!
First up one of two stops on Friday night is Bluemont’s own Grand Champion BBQ Team Hog It Up BBQ! Pitmasters Mike and Michelle Lackey make a creative team, one’s from Texas and one’s from Australia! Last year they were our Dessert Contest Winners! This year spend a half hour at their site learning all about BBQ!~
*BBQ Tour Times Subject to Change based on contest times, but these guys are slotted for Friday night!
Stay tuned for all the BBQ Tour stops announced here on our BBQ TOUR PAGE!
We are pleased to welcome the addition of Marriott Courtyard of Winchester, VA!
The Courtyard Marriott is minutes away from the festival! The special $79 rate includes their full hot buffet breakfast, with omelet station for 2 per room. They are conveniently located across from Candy Hill Campground, approximately 6 1/2 miles from the event. There is plenty of free parking for trucks, trailers and buses. Enjoy the pool or lounge after a day of BBQ or relax in the Courtyard. Use this special festival link for booking.
We would like to give a huge HOGGING UP thank you to Clemens Food Group, owner of Hatfield Quality Meats for Sponsoring our event. Clemens Food Group was originally founded in 1895. They have had a great reputation all these years as being a leader in the food industry starting with the industrial movement in America. Back in the late 1890’s John Clemens had a farm in Maryland, later the site for Pleasant Valley Packing. He would go into Philadelphia to sell his wares – where JM Funk was starting Hatfield’s Pork processing plant. Needless to say, the rest is pretty much a great part of history.
Clemens owns these popular brands:
Big Fat Daddy’s has been faithful to using Ferrante’ Brothers special blend of gourmet mild Italian rope sausage at fairs and festivals all these years.
We found it originally in Baltimore, with Nick Ferrante’s original recipe brought back from Italy. We are happy to report this brand is now owned by Hatfield–with the same great tasting recipe kept secret all these years.
Thank you for this wonderful partnership! Make sure to visit Hatfield Quality Meats for quality saving coupons and to read about new products!
Let’s give a big “HOGGING UP “ welcome to Jon Wayne Waldron who is coming with his right hand man “Sam Adams” (for real) from Louisa, Virginia! BBQ Unplugged will be fighting for his home state of Virginia & the Panhandle award in this competition!
Pitmaster: Jon Wayne Waldron Team Member: Sam Adams
Representing: Louisa, VA
We’d like to give a big “hogging up” welcome to one of our barbecue competitors, who is just a stone’s throw away from Winchester….yep–neighboring town of Bluemont! Who would have thought there’s professional bbq gurus right in your own backyard Winchester?
Pitmasters: Mike & Michelle Lackey
Representing: Bluemont, VA
The coordinators would also like to extend a personal THANK YOU for all the kind suggestions and guidance they have received from the Lackey’s–they have spoken on behalf of competition teams and want to make sure we have our bases covered (basically no sucky goodie bags and lots of electric!) So thanks to them for speaking up and making a difference. You won’t find any real estate pens in our bags this year. Thanks to the Lackey’s we are glad they are joining us this year!
We would like to extend a a big HOGGING UP Welcome to to Redneck Smoke Club. Mike Altland, Tim Dickins and Greg Richel are representing Somerset, New Jersey. We can’t wait to see how these Jersey boys do down in Virginia! Welcome!
Special thanks to Bill Flannery of Texas Brush who will be making some super cool Hogging Up Texas Brushes for our two top winners *Grand Champion and #Reserve Champion, and winner of the #Best of the Panhandle Award . We appreciate him donating them to our festival. This is in addition to any other prizes or trophies for these categories.
We love our Texas Brush, not only because it cleans your grill to a tee, but that it saves you money over using smaller grill brushes that get bent up and fall apart . Well, we used to have to replace our grill brushes every month and now we can just find satisfaction in walking so tall with such a big brush that doesn’t need replacing.
Here is our Texas Brush Review.
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Electric Generator and Better Pricing
We had to get things straight and map out the electric situation at the fairgrounds — originally having only a few spaces for the big rigs we thought about this, it’s going to be summer, and HOTTER than a pig’s nose with a fever. Most everyone is gonna want to have 30 or 50 amps, right? Our prices originally were higher towards big RVers, because we really didn’t want to have to bring in a generator.
Thanks to Mike Lackey’s advice (shout out to Bluemont’s own BBQ guy!) we’ve redone our application for better pricing to accommodate you big riggers. We will now be out pounding the sand and beating down the doors of some local businesses to help us bring in a generator for you guys.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE UP BY THE END OF THIS WEEKEND.
We’ve gotten things straight with the Governor’s office and hope to have our paper in hand soon.
And now we have figured out how many competitors we can accommodate we will be emailing the judges official updates, BY THIS WEEKEND. Judges, make sure you have BigFatDaddys@verizon.net on your safelist or if not, check your SPAM FOLDER! If I don’t hear back from you by mid next week, I’ll be calling you up!
Sound Proposals & Music Contracts
We are still negotiating with a sound person to work with our bands. We are interviewing everyone and want to go with the BEST who can accommodate such bands as Stoney Creek Bluegrass, Circa Blue, Dangerous Mood, Avey Music and Kirsten Sowers……..(and more). We also want to make sure it’s someone who can work with us each year.
To our lovely bands, thanks for your patience and suggestions.
Top Secret Local Charity & Backyard BBQ for Sunday
We have approached a local non profit to help us with this festival. Although we want to donate to nationwide cancer charity CancerCare, we ALSO want someone who is in the town of Winchester or Clear Brook to benefit from this too. Once we have this firmed up we will tell you who our partner is.
We’ve also decided on a local Backyard BBQ for Sunday, so applications for that will be posted THIS WEEKEND.
Special thanks for those of you who have helped with the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We know a few barbecue guys reading this have been there. We are from Baltimore and are sickened by what this has done to our neighbors in NJ and NY, many of whom are homeless or still without power.
More soon! Off to have a very busy HoggingUp Barbecue weekend!
Thanks for your patience.
Please note: Competitor Applications will be offline while we tweak some things.
Stay tuned for more exciting details!