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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The SPCA of Winchester/Frederick/Clarke
Blaze Youth Mission / Assembly of God Church
Winchester Exchange Group
and brings out of state revenue to your town!
Come out and shop our vendors, eat our bbq, and see the bbq tours, kids zone , entertainment or car show!
We are stoked that Gary Smallwood is coming back to the Clear Brook stage! He’ll be performing on Sunday 6/29/14. He has shared the stage with or supported such great acts as Robin Trower, Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, the late great Jeff Healey, Elliott Easton(the Cars), Marshall Tucker Band, Molly Hatchet, Bret Michaels, Guster, Catfish Hodge, Michael Fath and many more.
His guitar playing, both electric and acoustic has been highly sought after by musicians as well as the public. He has loaned his talents to many bands as a ‘sideman’ and in the studio on numerous recording projects, including Genghis Angus’ “Twelve Days”, Bryan Fox’s “Unfoxable”, Josh Burgess Band’s “Living & Dying Under Orion” , Jim Asbell’s “Man Overbored”, Leesburg Community Church’s “Give Me Jesus”, Bret Michaels’ “Rock My World” and countless other demo recordings.
Gary’s style of music consists of classic rock, soulful blues rock or just “flat out guitar rock”…he has a great appreciation for all types of music and sometimes will incorporate soul, R&B, funk, country and ‘show tunes’ into his playing. Gary also gives back to the community by playing shows for numerous benefits and charities throughout the region. He is a well respected and hard working musician, playing 200+ shows a year. Check him out here.
Pastor Stephanie will be working hard this year to bring a fun kids zone so that your kids have something to do while you shop, eat and listen to great music! There will be fun games like cornhole and more to keep the little ones occupied. The kids zone helps Blaze Youth Ministries, a division of Woodbine Assembly of God.
These guys work hard to help us, so let’s help them raise some money for their church!
BLAZE Youth Ministries
BLAZE (Believers Living A Zealous Example) is our Youth ministry.
They meet on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm.
They have some special activities
We believe as a youth group that if it is all about fun and games
it is not worth doing. We make sure there is a spiritual impact to what
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
It’s going to be a new year for the festival and time for us to start sharing our cute little icon all over tarnation! Ain’t he cute?
Add it to your site by copying and pasting this code:
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Hogging Up BBQ Festival in Winchester will be a double crown festival with Hogging Up West Virginia, which is currently in planning stages for 2014. Find out more about the West Virginia Festival here.
Win them both and get a bonus plaque!
Sunday we’re having a backyard competition for adults and kids! This will be non-KCBS santioned but as close to KCBS guidelines as possible! Compete for fame and glory and bragging rights! If you think you want to enter the backyard competition, early bird rates are in effect until March 1, 2014.
Grab all the details here on the Backyard Page!
We are excited this year to be working for the SPCA of Winchester this year. Last year you may have heard our main charity was CancerCare.org and we helped raise money for them in addition to helping 3 other local non profits in the process. Our decision is to mainstream our festival into more support for the local community of Clear Brook and Winchester for 2014. We are happy therefore to announce that we’ve taken the SPCA under our wing for our one of our core charities, who will be getting a percentage of the food sales. We hope you will spread the word and come out to our event, have some fun and eat some food to help us raise money for them this year. See other charities for 2014 HERE.
WHEN: June 27-29th 2014
WHERE: Frederick County Fairgrounds
Visit our friends at the SPCA:
Hogging Up 2.0 Version
Bigger ~ Better ~ Improved
Back with a Vengeance.
Fear the Pig.
Stay Tuned for Details.
3 Eyz BBQ
3EyzBBQ took the Grand Champion title! Season two Pitmasters Stars were right here in Clear Brook cooking it up for fame and glory and headed up our BBQ tour to the public. Dan and crew were gracious enough to donate money back that they won to our charity cause and we can’t thank them enough for that.
What many people don’t realize is that our judges came from all over the country. Some as far as Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Florida and more. The KCBS uses a totally blind judging process!
Welcome to our 26 competitors who are coming from five states NJ, PA, MD, WVA and VA to compete in this bbq competition. Not too shabby for a first year contest that requires only 15. We would like to personally thank you all for supporting our cause and coming out and cooking with us. Below is a random list of teams, and their head pitmasters, and the area from where they are coming. A full list of links and logos can be viewed here on the Competitor Page.
|1||Deguello BBQ||Kit Rudd||Springfield, VA|
|2||3EyzBBQ||Dan Hixon||Owings Mills, MD|
|3||Life is Good But BBQ Is Better||Don Wallace||Purcelleville, VA|
|4||Bam Bam’s BBQ||Andy Lescalleet||Winchester, VA|
|5||Pop Pop’s Chicken and Pig||Craig George||Woodstock, VA|
|6||Virginia BBQ Pirates||Tom Adams||Springfield, VA|
|7||Sloppy Dogs Bar-B-Que||Rob Slayden||Martinsburg, WVA|
|8||I Aim to Smoke||Aric Armstrong||Fredericksburg, VA|
|9||The Smoked Hog||Jason Lage||Lovettsville, VA|
|10||4:20 Q||Jay Reeder||Clear Spring, MD|
|11||Philly Blind Pig BBQ||Tom Bera||Philadelphia, PA|
|12||Appleway BBQ||Jeffrey Stoops||St. Thomas, PA|
|13||Texas Ribs||Danny Sager||Centreville, MD|
|14||Jordan Springs BBQ||Austin Landry||Stephenson, VA|
|15||Aporkalypse Now||Michael Fay||Springfield, VA|
|16||Smokin’ B’s BBQ||William Keefer||Berryville, VA|
|17||Checkered Flag 500 BBQ||Mark Gibbs||Fawn Grove, PA|
|18||Grand Slam BBQ||Neil Pappalardo||Warrenton, VA|
|19||Old Virginia Smoke||Lucas Darnell||Bristow, VA|
|20||Pavone Brothers BBQ||Dave Pavone||Bristow, VA|
|21||Smokin’ Gnome BBQ||Sal Gobat||Shippensburg, PA|
|22||BBQ Unplugged||Jon Wayne Waldron||Louisa, VA|
|23||Tasty Licks BBQ Supply||Fred Bernardo||Shillington, PA|
|24||Hog-It-Up BBQ||Michelle Lackey||Bluemont, VA|
|25||Pig Pen BBQ||Rich Militano||Yardville, NJ|
|26||Redneck Smoke Club||Mike Atland||Somerset, NJ|
There are only 7 competitors competing for fame and glory in our North Vs. South contest. There are five from Pennsylvania and two from Jersey, all listed here. Basically this is an organizer’s award for the best overall best score of the teams that aren’t in the immediate panhandle area (so if you are a MD/VA/WVA team you are in the Best of the Panhandle Contest.)
North vs South gives teams who came from further away a chance to win something and a nice little thank you for their efforts. In this case, it’s $50 cash and a gift basket that includes goodies from Big Fat Daddy’s . Just a little something something to say thanks for coming all this way!
Will a Jersey team take the cake representing the North? Or will the Pennsylvanians step up and reclaim the South? We know, calling Pennsylvania a southern state is kind of cheesy, but hey, we had to make it work. Good luck to all of you!
Coming from Lovettsville, VA we extend a huge HOGGGGING UP welcome to The Smoked Hog competition barbecue team! Head by Chef Jason Lage (read about him at MarketTableBistro),with team members Tara, Rebecca, Shawn and Sam who will be grilling it up at Hogging Up BBQ Festival and competing for fame, fortune and glory (and the Best of the Panhandle Award!)
Connect with them on the Facebook,
Never Stop Improving says Lowe’s, the one on 2200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd in Winchester was happy to hear about this contest and have thrown in a $50 Lowe’s Gift Card for the Best of the Panhandle award winner. The Best of the Panhandle will cover MD, VA, and WVA states, and we want to thank Lowe’s for helping with our contest!
Welcome Grand Slam BBQ from Warrenton, Virginia. Pitmaster Neil Pappalardo will be cooking with team members Anne, Emily (12) and Ryan (9). He will be smoking it up in Winchester to defend his home state title, and has the luck of youth on his side! Neil has been entered into the Best of the Panhandle contest!
(Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County Va)
They will be giving out information about their festival, which takes place July 13th 🙂 Stop by their info tent and find out what great entertainment they have lined up! This year they feature Pat Travers Band!
Leave it up to MIK Woodworking to bring more excitement to the Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival at the Frederick County Fairgrounds the end of June. There will be a cornhole tournament Saturday June 29th, 2013 at 1:00 until around 4:30, it will be $20 per team of 2 to participate. You must register here to participate. There will be cash prizes.
*Keep in mind entry into the festival is $8 for adults, kids under 10 free !
Let’s give a warm Hogging Up Welcome to the experts in gutter guards and leaf guards, right out of Haymarket, Virginia! We are talking about Gutter Pros! They will be onsite in their info tent giving out information on GutterGuards ! If you are tired of cleaning(or paying someone to clean) leaves and debris out of your gutters, maybe it’s time to talk to the professional who can help you with these issues! Check out their website at www.GutterProsAmerica.com
Special Thanks to Alamo Drafthouse of Winchester who has donated free tickets and popcorns for our “Prizes for the Public” . That’s right, Hogging Up BBQ Festival will be giving away all sorts of door prizes to the public for coming out and supporting our festival. From movie tickets to bbq baskets, you can see a sampling here of Door Prizes!
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!
Hogging Up Festival would like to say thanks to Mike Hornby and Around the Panhandle Magazine , as next issue you will be seeing more on our festival and what is going to make it so very special in the next issue. We got personal with reporter Victoria Kidd, and Wayne had a photo shoot with photographer Eric Fargo. We are happy to see our festival up in lights in the glossy pages of the next publication.
The next issue will hit subscribers in the West Virginia – Virginia panhandle area. You may find it in your doctor’s or dentist office.We are subscribers ourselves, as it tells us what we must do in and around the panhandle area. Visit the link above to see how you can subscribe.
As you know the Frederick County Fairgrounds is a stone’s throw away form West Virginia! Come and join us at 155 Fairgrounds Road, Clear Brook Virginia. See you there!
Looking for a Campground to stay in Winchester when coming to the Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival ? Visit Candy Hill Campground. They have a pool, cabins you can rent and a beautiful picturesque setting.
And yes, you will feel like you are in Candy Land! This is normal. Do not be alarmed.
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!
Burnt Orange Band’s bio is now live on our website! Check out our bands page and read up on this Culpepper Virginia band as they will rock the house at the 2013 Hogging Up BBQ Festival.
Burnt Orange Band jammed it up at the Smokin’ in the Track Festival in Luray, and since Big Fat Daddy’s helped sponsor that event, we know first hand how good Larry and the guys are. They play slightly funky good time blues and groovin’ rock, and have a whole list of requests from us!. We are gonna have them rocking out on Sunday 6/30 so hope you will connect with them:
Band Bio: We are pleased to announce Dangerous Mood as our Staff Pick. This amazing young duo comprised of Trevor Davis (guitar and vocals) and Jordan McWhorter (vocals and keyboard) and they will win any crowd over. Both live in Winchester, Virginia and are in the process of recording their first CD. Their original music consists of a soulsy-blues folk all it’s own and for this festival Dangerous Mood will be also bringing some of their favorite Pasty Cline and Alison Kraus covers. You can see more about them on their website , or Facebook page! Tweet to them @Dangerous_Mood Website
They have a sound that really infuses old school blues with the folk/indie sound that is popular today.
The staff says, “Jordan’s amazing vocals will blow you away. Here them here. This duo is going places. We are lucky to have them play at our festival. Once they sell out stadiums, we may not be so lucky.”
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.
Band Bio: Circa Blue is “Fresh Bluegrass Music” features tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements to keep audiences tapping their toes and dancing in their seats! Steve Harris plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Dave Harris plays bass and sings baritone and tenor vocals. Matt Hickman on Banjo, and Dave Webb on Mandolin (and vocals.) Their self-titled debut CD features 5 original tunes. Learn more at Circa Blue Official Website!
We updated the Competitor forms located on the Event Forms page. We have walked the fairground the other day to see where we would put the bands, the vendors, the barbecue competitors, the barbecue food vendors, the winery, the beer garden, the bull rider, the monster truck, and everything else we have planned. We wanted to make sure we had enough juice for the REALLY big boys with the BIG RV RIGS and make sure they would be able to access electricity. So we planned accordingly and are taking first come first serve on the big boy spots. There are three space sizes available. Take off an early bird discount if you apply by 1/10/13.
We are pleased to annonce that Hornby Publishing’s “Around the Panhandle” Magazine has come on as festival sponsor. Keeping the Panhandle area abreast of what to do, who to know, and where to go, this bi-monthly publication is full of useful information for anyone that lives in the Panhandle area. We are so pleased to have them on board and will have more news soon.
You can read excerpts online here at their website.
Like them on Facebook .
Follow them on Twitter
I spent some time talking to Kit over at Deguello BBQ, and let me say this time on the phone with him was priceless. I learned a lot from the competitor aspect what they WANT and NEED to make the barbecue competition go smoothly. Unlike some promoters, my husband and I care immensely — we have been food vendors on average of 90 shows a year. We could tell you some horror stories about some promoters. So many times show production companies lose sight of what’s really important: making their vendors, artists, crafters, bands, entertainment, (and competitors happy.) It’s not about US, it’s about YOU.
So here’s some key points we feel are important and have come up with as promoters:
FOR THE COMPETITORS:
A) Clear Details : We know you want to know what you are getting and when. Maps, layout, clear instructions, rules, etc. For instance we just made a small change to the competitor form, so you don’t have to stay until the festival closes Saturday, (we revamped our diagram) so you are able to exit quietly after the results are read Saturday afternoon/evening. Sure, we’d like to have you stay and see all the cool bands we have lined up for Saturday night, but we know you may have to get some well needed shut-eye. We strive for ways to make your life easier.
B) Power and Water : These are essential for making a festival go smoothly and without them you can’t cook.. Luckily for us the Frederick County Fairgrounds is equipped and what they can’t provide we’ll be using generators. On a side note it’s important for us to know exactly what you need so that we have enough juice for everyone. If you need more, tell us ahead of time and we will work out a price and get it for you. (Or, as they say in BBQ-ville we plan to purchase enough juice to run a small mountain town.)
C) Good Reps : I hear that good KCBS reps are essential in making a festival run smoothly. Lucky for us we have Randy and Carol Bigler and we feel very comfortable with them and know they will take good care of US and YOU!
D) The Proclamation: Richard Leight, the Frederick County Fair Manager has requested one from the Governor’s office. Stay tuned as we are waiting anxiously to obtain such a wonderful piece of paper!
E) Respect & Communication : Quite honestly my husband and I have been food vendors at LARGE fairs and festivals for three decades. We’ve catered for famous celebrities. We’ve been lied to, promised the pie in the sky, and know how it is to feel uninformed and taken advantage of. We’ve been to some fairs or festivals that have been so unethical we wonder how they are still going. That is why we vow to do things differently.
TO OUR PATRONS, COMPETITORS, ARTISTS, CRAFTERS, BANDS, SPONSORS and FAMILY:
Know our Goal : Our goal is to put on a good BBQ & MUSIC FESTIVAL for the people of Winchester and the Panhandle area, and do it right. After 30 years of food vending, it’s my husband’s goal to put on a good show. Something that can grow in time and have entertainment for the whole family. We don’t want to do it half-ass, or cheesy, so we are taking a lot of time into the planning process. Our goal is to cover expenses and donate profit money to our charities of choice, (We are working with CancerCare but have been approached by others we may add). On top of this, we want to have a hella-fun-run-smoothly KCBS festival too! Sounds easy right? Well, if you only know how much time has gone into the planning you’d be surprised. Our goal is to have the townspeople of Winchester help us. Help us help you–make our festival a success by telling your friends, family, co-workers to come out and support our cause. Not to mention, if we work together, it may just end up being the second largest event to the Fair!
So with that, we encourage OPEN FEEDBACK about what you’ve experienced at BBQ COMPETITIONS or the FAIR that you’ve liked before, or things you have hated. We would love to know! Call my (Cindy) personal cell 410-908-9241 or shoot me an email at BigFatDaddys@verizon.net and give me some suggestions, feedback, etc.
This just in, Carol and randy Bigler are our official Hogging Up KCBS Contest Reps! Combined their experience is priceless and we look forward to working with them on this BBQ / Bluegrass / Arts / Crafts/ Fun filled event!
What are we up to now? Lining up some bands for the Hogging Up event….stay tuned for more information
Hogging Up Vendor Forms are now available for arts, crafts, antiques, and business vendors! Please refer to our Event forms page to find them!
We will be posting more about these festivals real soon. If you love eating barbecue and going to fairs and festivals, and even Barbecue Competitions, stay tuned. If you have found this site already, book mark it and check back , we have some great information coming.