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 each year. While many events were canceled or postponed in 2020 and 2021, the Barbecue Season is BACK for 2022!

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.

Please check directly with event organizers for specific dates, current ticket prices, advance registration, and any last-minute changes. While we do our best to provide accurate information, we include an outside link so you can verify the details for all events and activities.


BBQ Festivals Barbecue Competitions Polk County


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