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Smoke the Competition at the Classic City BBQ Festival

Is your sauce the boss? The second annual Classic City BBQ Festival is now taking applications. 

The festival, which drew 4,000 people last year, will be held Aug. 15–16 at the Classic Center and will feature barbecue contests, barbecue restaurant vendors, outdoor music, a classic car show and a tailgating trade show.

The registration fee is $300 for professional barbecue cooking teams, who will compete for a $10,000 prize purse. Backyard barbecuers can register for $150 and compete for $1,000 in prizes.

There’s also an Iron Chef-style competition for restaurants, where they’ll cook mystery meat provided by Buckhead Beef. Entry is $150.

The barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and an official event on the Georgia BBQ Championship Tour.

Food vendor booths start at $500, and booths at the tailgate trade show start at $250.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia.