Bar-b-que Mayham BBQ Competition Team and Catering is in the house! These guys compete and sell roadside from Greencastle, PA! These two guys who love to Q will be led by Pitmaster Jerry Gates representing Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. Do they have what it takes to win fame and glory at Hogging Up? Wait and see!
Hogging Up Virginia BBQ & Music Festival wishes to remind you that we’ve been named a 2014 Good Sam Event. If you have a big rig or want a picturesque place to camp, you can go here to Candy Hill website to get the Good Sam special rate discount, which includes your entry to the festival and a special perks/discounts at the campgrounds! What a great deal.
BJ Jewelry offers costume jewelry! If you like the chic styles of vintage jewelry you’ll love these antique-look items that well priced and great bargains are to be had. From brooches to necklaces, you never know what you will find here. Check out more at BJJewelry Website!
It’s that time folks, to give a warm hogging up welcome to Jokers and Smokers from Great Falls, Virginia. Don McPhail will be cooking it up and representing Virginia at the 2014 Hogging Up BBQ Festival!
Team Name: Jokers and Smokers
Head Pitmaster: Don McPhail
Representing: Great Falls, VA
We haven’t forgotten about you, but taken a few weeks off to regroup and plan, and enjoy the holidays! We will be revamping the site soon for 2014 and adding our vendor and competitor forms in the next two weeks. We are making decisions on entertainment and working on sponsors for the 2014 festival. As you know we are working with the SPCA in 2014 and we want to remind you that your local SPCA shelter can use old blankets, kitty litter or donations of dog or cat food always !
Also, why not give the gift of a backyard application to your loved one? Have them grilling up for great prizes at our 2014 Hogging Up BBQ Festival!
Backyard Applications are here.
Hogging Up 2.0 Version
Bigger ~ Better ~ Improved
Back with a Vengeance.
Fear the Pig.
Stay Tuned for Details.
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,
Sorry for our mistake, the typo said cornish hens would be allowed in the anything butt rules, when in fact a Cornish Hen is technically a form of chicken and cannot be allowed under “Anything Butt”. All entrants will be notified. Correction has been noted on the official rules of Anything Butt Link
Thanks to our pals over at Signscape, the official sign company of Big Fat Daddy’s, we have a great giant banner donated to the Frederick County Fairgrounds! In case you need any kind of vinyl banner or sign, Signscape designs wonderful stuff. They can send you proofs and ship anywhere in the nation! They do everything from small lawn signs to banners, to magnets, or special car signs too! Check them out!
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The Checkered Flag 500 Competition BBQ Team is our newest addition to the Hogging Up festival and we’d like to give a big HOGGING UP WELCOME to Mark & Sharon Gibbs out of Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. In case you didn’t know they were named the Rookie of the Year for 2012 by the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association ! You can connect with them on their Facebook Page or their Website!
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.
Competitors : The Prize money has increased yet again from $5225 last update to to $5300 and special bonus gifts! The gifts alone are valued at over $500 already and adding up! Gifts are donated items from our partners and sponsors that are awarded in addition to prize money and trophies/plaques. For instance, Texas Brush has donated three brushes which will go to Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and our special “Best of the Panhandle Award”. Special sponsor prizes go to the Anything Butt and Dessert Winners. All 2nd place winners of the four main catergories will get a handmade cutting board from Winchester’s finest woodworker, MIK Woodworking.
**Subject to further increase at any time **
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!
Origami Owl Independent Designer Erin Knicely is going to join us at the Hogging Up Festival! She will be in the inside arts and crafts building! These creations are endless and you can build your own living lockets!
Check out more designs here on Facebook!
Or network with Erin at her Official Origami Owl website!
Exciting News! Circa Blue, one of our FAVORITE bands will be dropping some free admission passes in and around their home town of West Virginia. These will be one day free admission passes that will make you want to come out and see the action! Now our festival is a three day event, so this is a great way to come and check out the action.
Nothing like a good “hide and seek” game huh? So just where can you get these? I bet if you check out their official CIRCA BLUE schedule and follow them around, they may just give you some. Maybe check your local grocery store, bathroom in your favorite restaurant and find out where they are hiding! Something tells me Steve Harris likes to eat BBQ, so maybe check your local BBQ places, too.
These should be somewhere in and around Martinsburg!
If you work in West Virginia, and your company or boss hasn’t gotten their hands on free passes, then you tell them they need to get in touch with us. A small sponsorship gets them free passes to give to their favorite employees—people like YOU!
This just in…We are pleased to share with you our official Proclamation from Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell Click to see the full size version—> ProclamationPDF
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.
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.