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BBQ Festivals and Competitions in Lakeland + Polk County

BBQ Festivals Barbecue Competitions Polk County Lakeland

Polk County is home to so many BBQ Festivals that we have an “unofficial” BBQ Season from January – March, and in 2021 you can find events spread out throughout the spring and fall! Lakeland Pigfest has been rescheduled to May 2021 canceled for 2021, and other favorite events are being delayed in an abundance of caution.

These barbecue competitions bring the best teams from all over Florida and even some from out of state. While they compete for prizes, we get to enjoy the mouth watering BBQ at these family friendly events.

You’ll find an assortment of ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken, sides, desserts, and more. In addition to good eats, you’ll also find live entertainment, kids activities, and plenty of other treats to keep everyone happy. Plus, all of these events raise funds for non-profits in our community!

PigFest in Lakeland, Smoke on the Water in Winter Haven, and Ribs on the Ridge in Haines City are all annual local favorites – details below.

*In 2021, annual events may be postponed or canceled in an abundance of caution. Check back for updates on bar-b-que events, and always check directly with event organizers for any last-minute changes.*

Please check directly with event organizers or local businesses for mask requirements, safety protocols, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. All information on our website is for informational purposes only – we are not qualified to provide health or safety recommendations.

2021 BBQ EVENTS IN POLK COUNTY

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2020 BBQ EVENTS – CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES

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MAP – BBQ FESTIVALS NEAR ME

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UPCOMING FOOD + DRINK EVENTS

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