The first year we had no idea if our BBQ festival would even draw a hundred attendees. Really. We were that naive. Well, it sold out in hours. (One of the big draws was Snow's Barbecue, pictured at its home base in Lexington.) The second year, we increased attendance from about 1000 to 3000. That festival sold out in a few days. So we're doing it again, on Sunday, September 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. As before, it will be at the City Terrace at the Long Center in downtown Austin. We're still lining up the participants--all of whom will be drawn from our Top Fifty Barbecue Joints in Texas feature story. We're expecting between 20 and 25 pitmasters. Plus a surprise newcomer of the year. (Last year it was Franklin Barbecue, of Austin.) Plus great live music, beer and other adult beverages, and a lot of happy people stuffed to the gills with smoked meat and various accoutrements. So mark July 26 to check the website for tickets early, because they might not last long.
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