Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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Sometimes referred to as the "Super Bowl of Swine," the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is an internationally renowned event that takes place each May in Tom Lee Park. Thousands of contestants cook up pork, beef, poultry, and more in hopes of winning cash prizes as well as industry recognition. Although it is a cooking competition, there are a few activities designed to allow visitors to get a sampling of all the Barbecue Cooking Contest has to offer.

People's Choice Judging:

Do you love barbecue? Want to get a taste of some of the best the world has to offer? Then People's Choice Judging is for you! Just stop by the People's Choice tent and purchase a $4.00* sample kit. Each kit consists of barbecue samples from five different teams and you simply vote on your favorite barbecue. You may purchase as many sample kits as you wish. The People's Choice favorite will be announced at the award ceremony on Saturday evening.

*Prices subject to change

Cooker Caravan:

The Cooker Caravan is a great way to get an insider's look at how grilling is done by the pros. This free guided tour will lead you through the grounds of the Barbecue Cooking Contest and will include cooking information from the teams, a peek at their specialty grills and smokers, and ideas for improving your own backyard barbecue. Tours leave every 30 minutes from the Memphis Barbecue Association Tent, located next door to the People's Choice Judging tent.

Ms. Piggie Idol:

While at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, you won't want to miss the highly anticipated Ms. Piggie Contest! This pageant features grown men wearing dresses and snouts, dancing and singing barbecue-themed songs on the Sharp Stage. It has become one of the most popular annual events at the Barbecue Cooking Contest and it offers fun and light-hearted entertainment for the whole family.

Food Vendors:

If the People's Choice sample kits don't fill you up, there will be plenty of barbecue vendors and other food vendors on site. Keep in mind that you cannot purchase or sample barbecue from the competition's contestants due to health regulations.

Dates, Times, and Tickets:

It goes without saying that the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is held in May of each year at Tom Lee Park. Exact dates, times, and admission fees are announced in the March preceeding the contest. Click here for 2013 information.

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