Barbecue Invitational and Festival to Host 10,000+ Locals, While More Than 50 Nationwide Pitmasters Compete for $68,000
Sonny’s BBQ, one of the nation’s largest and most popular barbecue chains, is firing up the smokers for its highly anticipated Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown.
The 2018 event marks a huge change in the programming of the Smokin’ Showdown, as it will move from the Central Florida Zoo to one of Orlando’s top sports and entertainment facilities.
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Sonny’s BBQ will host its third annual event at Tinker and McCracken Fields, part of Camping World Stadium located at 1 Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805. The all-day event will feature live music with top country artists, food vendors, a kid zone area, and cooking demonstrations for all BBQ enthusiasts.
Pre-sale starts today through Sunday, November 12 and can be purchased here for $12, and up to March 2, 2018 for $15. Kid’s 12 and under are free. VIP tickets can also be purchased for $40.
“We’re very excited to move Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown to the Camping World Stadium,” said Montana Coleman, co-organizer of Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. “The event has nearly doubled in attendance and footprint, so we were tasked with finding a central location that was large enough to accommodate barbecue lover’s year after year, and Camping World fit the bill.”
The new site in Orlando will allow Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown to add more food vendors, increase the kids zone area, and expand the overall footprint of the event with new interactive areas.
“We’re looking forward to hosting ‘Sonny’s Smokin’ Barbecue’ in Orlando for the first time and welcoming some of the best pitmasters from around the world to share their tips and techniques,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “Barbecue is a big deal in the South so the competition should be fierce and fun.”
This great event also hosts one of the nation’s biggest bbq competitions. This invitation-only competition brings together the nation’s top pitmasters in one arena for an epic barbecue battle. Teams are judged on five different meat categories: chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and a mystery meat, which will be announced at the event. The grand champion team will receive $20,000. The total prize pool totals $68,000.
Tickets are available here for pre-sale for $12 today through Sunday, November 12, and $15 up to March 2, 2018. Kid’s 12 and under are free. VIP tickets can also be purchased for $40.
About Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown
Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational is a national barbecue competition hosted by Sonny’s BBQ and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS). The competition and large-scale festival is designed to bring barbecue enthusiasts from all over the country to the heart of Florida for a full day of live music, family fun and good food. A first of its kind in the area, Sonny’s BBQ created the Smokin’ Showdown to share its passion and expertise with the barbecue community, as well as provide a platform for Pitmasters to showcase their talents alongside some of the best in the business. Last year, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown hosted approximately 10,000 attendees and nearly 50 competing teams.
About Sonny’s BBQ®
With 112 locations spanning the Southeast, Sonny’s BBQ® is one of the largest barbecue restaurant companies in the country. Its signature pulled pork, sweet tea, and unique appetizers like the Redneck Egg Rolls™ have afforded the restaurant the title of “Best Barbecue Chain in America” by The Daily Meal for three consecutive years, and counting. Floyd “Sonny” Tillman and his wife, Lucille founded Sonny’s BBQ in 1968 in Gainesville, Fla. in hopes of creating a local barbecue joint for their community to enjoy. Nearly 50 years later, Sonny’s BBQ continues to do just that under the direction of CEO Bob Yarmuth, award-winning Head Pitmaster Bryan Mroczka, and local pitmasters spreading the spirit of barbecue in each of their communities through the Random Acts of BBQ program. For information and to find the Sonny’s BBQ location closest to you, please visit www.SonnysBBQ.com.
About Camping World Stadium
Camping World Stadium is owned and operated by the City of Orlando. Since opening in 1936 as a Works Progress Administration project by President Franklin D. Roosevelt at a cost of $115,000 and a capacity of 8,900, the stadium has undergone numerous expansions and name changes over the years. The historic venue underwent a massive $207.7 million reconstruction in 2014 which yielded 90% all-new construction and a completely modernized stadium. The numerous enhancements and amenities include 41,000 lower bowl seats with chair backs, two 360-degree concourses, multiple giant video displays, a 20,000-square-foot plaza deck, a vibrant open-air exterior and unique indoor and outdoor club spaces to serve 5,000 patrons. These upgrades have bolstered Camping World Stadium’s ability to draw new high-profile events like neutral-site college football games, NFL pre-season match-ups and big-name concerts while retaining its signature annual bowl games and events. The City of Orlando and its partners at Florida Citrus Sports expect the recent reconstruction to generate a $300 million annual economic impact. More information can be found at www.CampingWorldStadium.com.