Memphis_in_May_Barbecue_Cooking_Contest Enjoy Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 17-19, 2012 at Tom Lee Park.  Hundreds of barbecue teams will compete for the championship title and bragging rights, and throw a heck of a huge party while the grills are going. The participating barbecue teams go all-out with lavishly decorated creative booths, t-shirts, and themes involving the honored country; which is the Philippines this year.  Most teams throw extravagant parties, complete with disco balls, custom-built liquor shot dispensers, and deejays. Barbecue teams include Hog Wild, Optimus Swine, 10 Bones BBQ, Jacks Old South, Pork Me Tender, Red Hot Smokers, and hundreds more! If you do not know someone with a booth, and you want to enjoy barbeque; no worries there are food vendors with barbeque for purchase. On Saturday, May 19 is the judging of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, so that is when the barbecue really counts!

BBQ Fest Basics
 •Location:  Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis on Riverside Drive between Beale Street & Georgia Avenue
 •When:  Thursday May 17 – Saturday May 19
 •Times:  Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
 •Tickets:   Single day tickets are $7 online or $8 at the gate
 •The park is about a mile long, so wear comfortable shoes.

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