Best Barbecue in Town - Lakeland FL Annual Pig Fest January 28-29, 2011

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Best Barbecue in Town - Lakeland FL  Annual Pig Fest January 28-29, 2011

I can't imagine spending a better way than to attend this year's Lakeland's Annual Pig Lakeland Fl Annual Pig FestFest on January 28 and 29, 2011. In it's 15th 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 barbeque teams to travel to our beautiful city and compete in four categories: Ribs, Chicken, Pork and Brisket. 

Gates open on Friday at 5:00 p.m. with live music. I have heard that The Ed Wright Band take main stage at 6:00 p.m. and Sean Chambers will be the headliner at 9:00 p.m. 

The gates open on Saturday, January 29th at 10:00 a.m. for some barbeque braggin’ rights competition. 

On both days there is plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy including: NASCAR Simulators, Interactive Children’s area, Live Music, Tasting Opportunities and some world class barbecue.


A tad bit of history lesson! 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 barbeque championship. From then on, a festival committee was established and Lakeland’s Pig Festival welcomed its first barbeque 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 Barbeque 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 Barbeque 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 $500,000 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.

Check out this video of year's past at the Lakeland FL Pig Fest!

I hope you found this post useful! If you need help finding or selling your Lakeland, Florida home, please contact Petra Norris - REALTOR(R) at 863-619-6918. If you’re new to Lakeland, I’d especially like to extend a warm welcome. I value my clients and provide them with honest, reliable service. Allow me to introduce you to the Lakeland FL real estate landscape and all it has to offer.


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Joyce Herr
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Looks like fun - and we love bar-b-cue!

Jan 18, 2011 11:11 PM #1
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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My husband loves BarBQue and would come to Florida if he knew about this event.

Congratulations on your 200,000 point milestone (almost).


Jan 25, 2011 01:00 PM #2
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale

Margaret - maybe next year, it is an annual event - or just hop on the plane and land it Lakeland Linder Airport :)

Jan 25, 2011 01:07 PM #3
Respect Realty LLC
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Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Athena says she is offended and asked "Do people really do that?" After I swallowed by bacon, I had to inform her yes, humans roast pigs and eat them. (LOL)

Jan 28, 2011 04:44 PM #4
Petra Norris
Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc. - Lakeland, FL
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Todd - She does look so cute and bacon is so good - tell her I will not eat her (LOL)

Jan 29, 2011 09:40 AM #5
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