I generally think of myself as a Washington native - after all I have lived here since before elementary school, but occasionally my Southern roots come out. I am a second generation Army brat with grandparents from Birmingham AL and Lynchburg, VA. I spent every summer in the mountains of North Carolina as a child and went to Duke for college. I love North Carolina barbecue and am bewildered by the Texas approach to the same meats! In my opinion, once you taste the perfection of North Carolina barbecue, is anything else necessary?
John Kennedy once said that Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. We have come a long way since then, but we still appreciate a good time and good barbecue! This first weekend of summer is the traditional National Capital Barbecue Battle - an annual competition between top BBQ restaurants from the Washington, DC area and around the country. It takes place on Pennyslvania Avenue - between the White House and the Capitol - and close to the National Mall. What better way to appreciate our nation's capital and some wonderful scenery!
This is a great competition and a traditional street event. If you love barbecue you’ll love the food samples, cooking demonstrations, interactive displays and children’s activities at this sizzling summer festival. The nation’s best barbecue teams cook-off for over $40,000 in cash and prizes in two major contests. Safeway sponsors this event so there are cook offs for the best ribs, chicken, sauce, Australian lamb, and beef - of course.
The Barbecue Battle features live entertainment including 30 rock, R&B, jazz, and blues bands performing on three state-of-the-art stages. Musical entertainment includes bands like the Wailers, Roy Ayers, Sugarbear with EU, Trouble Funk, Be'la Dona, Deanna Bogart, Crash Boom Bang & Kristin & the Noise, Brian Lenair & David Bach and others. Patrons will enjoy the interactive exhibits like the NBA Nation Basketball Tour and Darryl Dawkins and children's activities including rides, magicians, and sports attractions. The National Capital Barbecue Battle has been voted a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel and Discovery.com and has been featured on broadcasts all over the world. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs in Washingtonand the Wounded Warrior Project.
Dates and Times
June 22-23, 2013
Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC between 9th & 14th Sts.
Near Federal Triangle, Metro Center and Navy-Mem'l Archives Metro Stations.
$12 per adult
$5 per child ages 6-12
children under six are free.
If you are planning to relocate to the Washington area, you should look for a Realtor who understands the DC metro area and its multiplicity of neighborhoods. Please give the Lise Howe Group of Keller Williams Capital Properties a call at 240-401-5577 or 301-251-1221. As Washington natives, we love to show off our hometown. We realize that there is more to relocation than just finding a house. We will help you make that move a soft landing by introducing you to our service providers, helping you with schools and summer camps, great restaurants, cultural events and local festivals! Don't miss out on the fun.