Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion

Saturday & Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm
Don’t miss out on the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion during your visit. Experience a full line of BBQ Season products and food provided by Giant Food. Free food while supplies last.

The Savory: Fast, Fresh and Easy Stage
Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demonstrations, and Talent Shows

Saturday & Sunday 
Stop by our Savory Cooking Demonstration Stage located in the Giant Sampling Pavilion for demonstrations and ideas on countless savory and healthy recipes.

Giant Health & Wellness Tent

Saturday & Sunday
Don’t miss out on our exciting health and wellness presentations during this year’s event.

This Year’s Celebrity Chefs

Myron Mixon

Known as “The winningest man in BBQ” Myron has won more than 180 BBQ grand championships and 1,700 BBQ trophies. Myron is best known as a BBQ Judge on the reality TV show “BBQ Pitmasters” on Destination America.  He is also author of several BBQ Cookbooks and creator of Myron Mixon Smokers.

Tuffy Stone

Former Marine, George “Tuffy” Stone nicknamed “The Professor of BBQ” is an American chef and competitor on the professional barbecue circuit. Tuffy appears along-side Myron Mixon on the Destination America reality television show BBQ Pitmasters and is Captain of the championship BBQ team “Cool Smoke“. Tuffy owns a Virginia barbecue restaurant chain called “Q Barbeque” and is winner on numerous BBQ contests throughout the country.

Jamie Purviance

Chef and best-selling cookbook author Jamie Purviance earned degrees from Stanford University and the Culinary Institute of America. His work has appeared in Bon Appétit, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Town & Country. He is the author of Weber’s Art of the Grill™, Weber’s Real Grilling™, and co-author of Weber’s Big Book of Grilling™ with Sandra S. McRae.

Purviance has been a guest chef at the James Beard House in New York City, and frequently travels the country to teach at renowned cooking schools such as Johnson & Wales University and Sur La Table. He has been certified by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, and he serves as a judge at major competitions such as the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational. Chef Purviance has been featured on many television shows-including NBC’s “Today,” CBS’s “Early Show,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Chef Timothy Dean

Chef Timothy Dean spent 12 years working with the late, great chef, Jean-Louis Palladin at Jean-Louis in the famed Watergate Hotel, and later as Chef de Cuisine at Palladin in New York City. Currently owner of TD Burger DC, Chef Timothy Dean worked alongside other notable chefs including Alain Ducasse, Roberto Donna, Guenter Seeger and Patrick Clark. Past winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Chef Dean is a proud graduate of Howard University. He was named the university’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000. In 2017, Chef Dean recently introduced his line of signature TD Sauces to the retail market.

Chef Amy Tobin

Cookbook Author and Chef, Amy Tobin serves as the Creative and Culinary Director of the Event Center at the New Riff Distillery in Northern Kentucky and hosts a weekly radio show Amy’s Table: A Guide to Living.  Based in Cincinnati, Amy and her team work with some of the best-known brands in food, culinary education and lifestyle entertainment, including Dole, The J.M. Smucker Company, Certified Angus Beef, Scharffen Berger Chocolate and Gold Star Chili to name a few. Ms. Tobin develops recipes and web content, conducts media and consumer presentations and participates in ideation sessions. For over a decade, Amy has taught thousands of at-home chefs how doable dishes can gracefully move from casual family meals to elegant dinner parties. Amy understands that home cooks need simple and approachable recipes–but with a degree of style.

Moe Cason

Moe Cason of TLC “BBQ Pitmasters” and “BBQ Pit Wars” grew up in a household of cooks who loved to eat. His mother and grandmother taught him the basics but it it wasn’t until 2006 that he got his start in competition BBQ. Before his time on the grilling circuit, Cason served as a Navy sailor aboard the USS Missouri. When he got back from his tours and discovered competition BBQ, it became a way of life. Cason’s backyard is full of grills, smokers, and trailers he takes to competitions around the country.  He says whether someone is grilling on their deck or wants to enter BBQ contests, the best way to improve is to practice. Cason has done over 200 competitions and he says he’s still practicing.

Special Attractions

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – Join us for DC’s first Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contests at the BBQ Battle. While visiting this year’s event, stop by our Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Mobile Experience Tour for fun and games for all ages.

Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña

Don’t miss Jason Shannon Acuña, better known by his stage name “Wee Man”— American actor, stunt performer professional skateboarder, and television personality.

The Ford Experience Tour

Don’t miss Ford’s Experience Tour and Silent Disco, coming to this year’s BBQ Battle.  The Ford Experience Tour is coming to the Giant BBQ Battle! Ford is driving through the country with some of the hottest vehicles on the market including the Ford Fusion, Ford Escape and Ford F-150 (vehicles subject to change based on tour location). The Ford Experience Tour has something for everyone, with exciting games, tons of prizes*, and so much more!

Planter’s Mr. Peanut and the NUTmobile

The NUTmobile has hit the road for a year long adventure and will be making a special stop at this year’s BBQ Battle. So grab the kids, hop in the minivan and come on by to see Mr. Peanut and the NUTmobile. It’s not like we drove a giant peanut car 3,600 miles to see you guys or anything.

The Oscar Mayer WienerMobile

We’re making big changes to our hot dogs. We removed the added nitrates and nitrites*, said goodbye to by-products, and got rid of all the artificial preservatives in our meat. So we’re spreading the news. Our Hotdoggers have set out on a mission across the country in the WienerMobile. And they’re taking the new ‘dogs with them. Stop by and visit us during this year’s exciting event.

The Lipton Sampling Experience

Stop by and visit us at the Lipton Sampling Experience for a refreshing sample of our line of new iced and hot teas.

Monumental Sports

Join us at the Battle for a number of family fun exhibits and visitors from the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Valor, Wizards, and Baltimore Brigade.

The GEICO booth provides a fun place to visit where people can meet the Gecko, enter to win a $500 gift card and take home a little prize.  GEICO is saving people money on more than just car insurance – so come by and enjoy the new gaming experience and don’t forget to call 1-800-947-AUTO, visit geico.com, or stop by a local GEICO office to get a free rate quote.

The Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Truck

In 1978, David Schweid took his family’s longstanding heritage in the meat purveyor industry and founded Schweid & Sons, a company that would focus on one product: ground beef. Stop by our Schweid & Sons Very Best Burger Truck for a taste of quality ground beef burgers, backed by four generations of ground beef purveyor experience.

Johnsonville Big Taste Grill

Stop by and see what is cooking at our Johnsonville Big Taste Grill. The Big Taste Grill is 20 feet tall, a whopping 65 feet long and 6 feet in diameter. Just to park it you need a space that is 20 feet by 90 feet! The 6,000 pound lid with an 8-foot handle is opened using a hydraulic system, giving access to 440,000 BTUs, which is needed to grill the 1/2 ton of Johnsonville Brats held in the onboard fridge.

How many brats can you eat? The Big Taste Grill can cook 2,500 brats an hour or 750 bratwurst at a time on its 40 square feet of grilling surface. That’s enough to keep a festival satisfied for a while! Stop by and experience the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill for yourself.

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Live Entertainment, Music, Demonstrations, and Summer Flavors

Stop by and experience the sights, sounds, and smells from this year’s exciting line-up at the Pepsi/Lays or Famous Daves Sound Stages—coupled with the demos/celebrity chef appearances at the Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy Demonstration Stage. Don’t forget to stop by the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion for your free samples and a taste summer.

Sella Rosa Wine Sampling

The Stella Rosa Wines – Wine Sampling Tent

Stop by the Sella Rosa Wine tent for an opportunity to sample their assortment of wines. Stella Rosa Wines is the parent brand of two product lines: the fun and friendly “L’Originale” family and the celebratory “Imperiale” family. Sophisticated yet approachable, these wines extend an open invitation to you to Stellabrate every moment, big and small, with friends, family, lovers, or even just yourself.

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Official Bank of the BBQ Battle

Wahl Mobile Grooming Tour

Stop by for a trim for a cause. This year Wahl’s mobile barbershop will be visiting Washington, DC—one of the Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America – all in support of great facial hair.

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