The public is invited to chow down on some of the area's best barbecue while helping benefit the Marietta Museum of History, Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art and Earl Smith Strand Theatre Sept. 29 on the Square.
About fifth annual Whole Hawg Happenin' Barbecue and Music Fest
- Sunday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Sanctioned by Kansas City Barbecue Society, the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts
- Food court featuring the best of the Metro area's restaurants
- Cooking demonstrations
- Event also includes a beer garden featuring specialty fall craft beers
Participating restaurants and food trucks
- Include Rib Ranch, Sam's Barbecue, Williamson Brothers and Dave Poe's Barbecue
- Barbecue restaurants and barbecue food trucks will sell samples of their favorite dishes
- 30 KCBS contest teams will compete for prizes
- Public can buy food from barbecue restaurants and food vendors
- Vendors will sell some of the best barbecue in Georgia including whole hog, brisket, baby back ribs and pulled pork
- Hurricane Wilson, Men in Blues, Hoosier Daddy, Bert Reeves, Kicking Edgar, Lauren St. James
- LGE Community Credit Union Kids Corner
- Free, VIP hospitality tickets on sale at VIP booth
- Free parking available in Cobb County parking decks on Waddell Street
"The KCBS sanctioning component is great for this year. To be sanctioned is an honor in the world of barbecue contests, pit masters and brisket," Whole Hawg Happenin' Festival producer Maryclaire Andres said. "KCBS publicizes us to contest teams from all over the country and gives them the opportunity to come and compete for points, bragging rights and prizes here in Marietta. The KCBS addition adds a level of prestige in the barbecue arena."
"We hope that this will add to tourism and to the economic growth of the Square as well," Andres said. "One goal of the festival is to have attendees visit the merchants on the Square and see the shops, art galleries, museums and restaurants that the Square has to offer," she said. "This is what we have accomplished with Taste of Marietta. I have worked on Taste of Marietta for 15 years now and it grew more each year and now has a large economic impact for the Marietta Square each year. I would like to see this barbecue festival eventually have the same economic impact."
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