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DC BBQ Battle

We’re only a few weeks away from one of our favorite BBQ contests of the year, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. This was the first contest we every cooked back in 2009 and we are the defending Grand Champions!! We’ve teamed up with the folks at the Barbecue Battle to offer you a chance to save 30% off the gate price of $15 per ticket by using COUPON CODE – BBQVIP – when you purchase tickets at Head on over and get your tickets today!! Proceeds go to a great cause and we want to see you downtown during the Barbecue Battle June 27-28!!

Here’s more about the Barbecue Battle:


Melanie Hosch, PR Director



23rd Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle

“America’s national BBQ Championship in our Nation’s Capital”

Washington, D.C. (April, 2015) – For more than two decades, The Safeway Barbecue Battle has been cooking up lots of great food, music & fun on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue.

One of our nation’s largest and most popular Annual food and music festivals, the Safeway Barbecue Battle, officially kicks off the 2015 summer season on June 27 and 28. This exciting nationally recognized event offers Washington D.C. area residents and visitors alike, a two-day line-up of everything from tempting BBQ & Grilled food samples to cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits and non-stop live entertainment on three music stages.

Now celebrating its 23rd year, the Safeway Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food & music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast, the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right in our Nation’s Capital. The event has received numerous awards such as being named “One of Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country” by CNN, a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel, “One of America’s Best BBQ Competitions” by Saveur Magazine and “An Event Worth Traveling To” by the American Bus Association, just to name a few.

Pennsylvania Avenue will be smoking with lots of great BBQ cooked up by America’s Top Chefs from across the country, like 2014 Grand Champion Heath Hall of Pork Barrel BBQ. This two-day festival features teams competing for their share of over $40,000 in Cash & Prizes in contests throughout the weekend. Contests include the National Pork Board’s National Pork BBQ Championship and The Military Chef Cook-Off benefiting the USO. Other Contests include the USDA Choice Beef Contest, Open Nature Lamb Contest, Safeway Select Rib Contest & America’s Best BBQ Chicken Contest, all sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

There are interactive activities for kids of all ages to enjoy like Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill, Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, Spamerica Tour, Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour, Celebrate Alabama Tour, The Big Bite Tour, Colgate Bright Smiles Tour, Amstel Light Beverage Gardens, Wine Sampling area and more. 

The 300’ long Safeway Sampling Pavilion offers a line-up of delicious and tempting free BBQ & Grilled food samples, while Cookbook Authors and Celebrity Chef’s like Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone

Destination America’s popular “BBQ Pitmasters” entertain and educate with cooking demonstrations on the Safeway Demonstration Stage.

There’s something for everyone’s musical taste with an eclectic mix of 30 bands on three stages performing Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Country, R&B and Go Go. This year’s line-up includes artists such as EU featuring Sugar Bear, Be’la Dona, Trouble Funk and The Chuck Brown Band on the Pepsi-Lay’s Sound Stage and The Morrison Brothers, Paul Pfau from the Voice and Kelly Bell on the Famous Dave’s Stage.

The Safeway Barbecue Battle has raised over $1.6 million dollars for DC Children’s Charities and donated tons of food to area Food Banks. In 2015 the event will also raise funds for the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore with a Military Chef cook-off in which attendees will be given the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite Military Chef representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

For more information about this unique annual Washington Food & Music Celebration,

Please call 202-488-6990 or EMAIL Melanie Hosch, PR Director. You can visit our website at or explore our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @bbqindc for more information.

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We’ll See You, at the B-B-Q!