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The Suncoast BBQ Bash is an annual fundraiser on the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, Inc. (SFHC).  This year festival, in Venice, Fl., is home to the 2014 state championships, and will also feature 2014 Grammy nominated musicians, the Boxcars, among other critically-acclaimed bluegrass bands.

How much would you pay to go to a festival with offering world-class barbecue, Grammy-nominated music, a boatload of family-friendly activities and more?

How about nothing?

The Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash runs April 18 & 19 at the Venice Municipal Airport and features free admission (with free parking). The festival is home to the 2014 barbecue state championships.

"We started with a little hope and dream of building a major event in the Sarasota County community to focus on basically to American traditions, barbecuing and bluegrass music," Don Fisher, founder of Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash says.

The contest consists of four categories: chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket and is a qualifier for the Food Network’s World Food Championships, The Jack Daniels World Championships and The American Royal World Series of barbecuing. More that 50 teams are anticipated to compete, making it the largest contest in Southwest Florida. Most importantly, many of the competitors will be selling their own barbecue to the general public.

Performing at the festival is the 2014 Grammy-nominated Boxcars, as well as Balsam Range, and Swing Bridge. Ending the show will be a "reunion of friends" with the Boxcars and Balsam Range taking the stage together.

And amid the delicious barbecue and afternoon of bluegrass, there’s much more.

The festival will include family-friendly activities such as a kid's park with face painting, a bouncy house, games and visits by Snoopy and his friends, outdoor living education exhibits, a community corner with many local businesses, non-profit and municipal organizations.

Last but not least, be part of the fun with the kick-off party featuring craft beers and cornhole, a sporting clays contest, a cornhole tournament, a dessert bake-off, and a chili cook-off and more.

Check out suncoastbbqbash.com for more information and view our video below for a preview from some of this year’s contestants.

 
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