Now in its 24th year, the Giant BBQ Battle brings great food, music and fun to the streets of the Nation’s Capital. Signaling the beginning of summer, the Giant BBQ Battle is one of DC’s largest and most unique food and music festivals offering the greater DC-area community and visitors a chance to enjoy some of America’s favorite pastimes in the shadow of the Capitol Building.
Keith and I headed out to the festival this past Saturday mainly to check out the ever-popular Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion, which showcased a line-up of tempting free food samples while celebrity chefs and cookbook authors entertained with cooking demonstrations on the Giant Health & Wellness Stage. Smoke was in the air as we approached Pennsylvania Avenue from the Metro. The entrance was a little obscure, but allowed us to walk the whole perimeter to see the barbecue contestants prepare and grill their masterpieces.
After the sampling tent, we walked around to see the rest of the vendors at the festival. Some had games and prizes which were fun, while others just wanted you to sign up for their product or gave out information and other free samples like the typical water bottle, pens, chip clip, or chapstick. There were also other food booths and beer tents with food and drinks to purchase. After carrying all our freebies and walking up and down the street all day, we were sweaty and a little tired. We sat in the shade to listen to the live bands play and Keith ordered a quarter rack of ribs. I watched the guys cook the meat on the large grills and soon Keith was given three large pieces slathered in sauce. He thought it all tasted great. All in all, the Giant Barbecue Battle is a great summer festival that showcases one of America's favorite family culinary past times.