New barbecue competition comes to Cincinnati riverfront

Festival to feature local, national music acts

CINCINNATI -- If you love great barbeque and live music, there’s a new competition coming to Cincinnati that is just for you.

The Cincinnati Parks and Cincinnati Parks Foundation is hosting the first-ever River Grill Before the Big Chill competition on Oct. 10-11.

The event will be held at Sawyer Point and is the first sanctioned State Championship Kansas City Barbeque competition.

In addition to the BBQ up for grabs, the festival features music from Rusty Griswolds, Leroy and the E-Funk Band,
Zak Morgan, Sonny Morman Band, Midnight Special, Soul Pocket and special guest Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.

“We’ll have a great culinary BBQ competition, music entertainment for adults and kids, BBQ marketplace, and a Kid’s Zone with face painting, costumed characters, free inflatables and games,” event manager Ruthann Spears said via a release.

In addition to the music and the food, guests will get to watch pro BBQ teams compete for the perfect recipe. Certified KCBS judges will judge the competition.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Park Board’s Waterfront Parks including Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, Sawyer Point/Bicentennial Commons, Yeatman’s Cove, the Public Landing and the new Smale Riverfront Park.

Organizers said they plan to post more details, including related events, on the festival's Facebook page .

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