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 Cooking Demonstration Stage

Saturday & Sunday 
Stop by our Savory Cooking Demonstration Stage for demonstrations and ideas on countless savory and healthy recipes.

Giant Health & Wellness Stage

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

Giant Music & Demonstration Stage
Celebrity Chefs, Cooking demonstrations, Music, Talent Shows, & more…

The Giant Demonstration Stage is located at the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion, located at 11th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

Special Guest, Myron Mixon


Myron Mixon, Chief cook of Jack’s Old South Competition Bar-B-Que Team. He started Jacks Old South in 1996 as a way to promote his family Bar-B-Que sauce, which was made by his mother and father, Gaye and Jack Mixon.

The team competed in their first competition in Augusta, Ga. where they took 1st place in Whole Hog, 1st place in Pork Ribs and 3rd in Pork Shoulder. Since the beginning, they have won over 200 grand championships resulting in over 1900 total trophies, over 40 state championships including wins in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, Illinois, South Carolina, and Tennessee, Team of the Year 8 times, and 11 national championships.

They have also taken three first place whole hogs at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbeque Competition. Additionally, they have been the Grand Champion at the World Championship in Memphis three times, in 2001, 2004 and 2007. They have also taken first place in the Whole Hog category at the World Championship in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

Jack’s Old South has been the Memphis in May Team of the Year with the highest number of points for 8 years, from 1999 through 2004, and also 2007 and 2009. They are also the only team to win Grand Championships in Memphis in May, Kansas City BBQ Society and Florida BBQ Association in the same year.

As a result of all of their success on the various BBQ circuits, they have been featured on several television networks, including the Food Network, Discovery Channel, the History Channel, The Travel Channel and the BBQ All Stars on the Versus Network.

Mastering the art of Bar-B-Que’ing has led to the development of their own line of Jack’s Old South Grills and Smokers, as well as being the instructor for the Bar-B-Que Cooking School.

Special Guest, Tuffy Stone


The Cool Smoke story began with Tuffy Stone in 1987. Tuffy began his cooking career as an apprentice with acclaimed French Chef Alain Vincey at La Maisonette Restaurant in Richmond, Virginia. During the four years in Chef Vincey’s kitchen, Tuffy’s passion to learn and strong work ethic led him to be promoted to Sous Chef and Partner. After leaving to find new challenges, he spent the subsequent years honing his skills at some of the finest restaurants in Virginia and Florida.

In November of 1993, Tuffy and his wife Leslie opened A Sharper Palate Catering Company, which quickly became a premier caterer in Richmond, a caterer of choice for Richmond’s elite, including the Governor of Virginia. A Sharper Palate was voted the Best Catering Company by Richmond Magazine year after year.

In 2004, having loved and grown up around great barbeque, and, as a caterer, knowing its ability to satisfy large crowds, Tuffy began researching slow cooking methods involving a wood burning fire. The result, in Tuffy’s mind, was better tasting barbeque, so with the help of employees, friends and family, the Cool Smoke Team was born.

Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – Join us for DC’s first Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contests at the BBQ Battle.

Don’t miss Ford’s Silent Disco Tour, coming to this year’s BBQ Battle.

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.

Johnsonville Big Taste Grill – Stop by and see what is cooking at our Johnsonville Big Taste Grill.

Official Bank of the BBQ Battle

DC UNITED –DC United is one of the most successful professional soccer organization in the history of the United States

Pepsi/Lays Sound Stage – Enjoy the sounds of the summer at our Sound Stage.


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