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.

Giant® Fresh Ideas Stage
Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demonstrations, and Talent Shows

Saturday & Sunday 
Stop by our Giant® Fresh Ideas 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.

Corks and Caps Wine and Microbrew Tasting Tent

Saturday & Sunday
Quench your thirst and tickle your palate as you sample our featured wines and microbrews.

Sella Rosa Wine Sampling

Heineken Beverage Garden
Join us in the Heineken Beverage Garden for a cold and refreshing libation.

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.

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.

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 Food Network’s Iron 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.

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.

Embrace Your Punch Tour

The Sour Punch® Embrace Your Punch Tour travels to 9 major U.S. cities and makes a stop at The Giant National Capital BBQ Battle. The team will be handing out FREE Sour Punch® twists. Embrace Your Punch is a message about self-love and embracing what makes you and each and every one of us different. It’s about appreciating and celebrating those differences. We want people to focus on choosing kindness and what a profound difference that could make if we all made that choice a little more often.

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.

NBC Sports Washington 

Stop by the NBC Sports Washington booth and spin the #AuthenticFan wheel for your chance to receive some NBC Sports Washington gear!

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.

Lipton Tea Sampling Experience Washington, DC

Xfinity Booth
Stop by the Xfinity booth and experience the latest in high-speed internet and entertainment technology

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.

Official Bank of the BBQ Battle
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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 Sound Stage, Famous Daves Music Stage, and Monster Energy Stage—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.

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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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Dr. Oetker Virtuoso
Six Flags
Washington-Nationals

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