The Great Americana BBQ Festival

The Great Americana BBQ Festival

On August 25th, 2018 the air in Franklin, Tennessee will be filled with the sweet aroma of hickory smoke and simmering sauce for the 3rd annual ‘Great Americana Barbecue Festival’ at Harlinsdale Farm. From 10 AM to 4 PM visitors will enjoy some of the most “finger licking good” barbecue around, prepared by professional pit masters and Backyard BBQ Teams from across the country.

Barbecue will take center stage with vendors, grilling demonstrations  and a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned barbecue competition, featuring teams from around the country competing in five categories for over $10,000 in total cash and prizes. Festival goers will be able to join in on the judging by selecting the “People’s Champion”.

Patrons will enjoy local artisan flavors from Tennessee distilleries and craft brewers (21+). Additionally, the festival will feature live music, craft vendors and a special “BBQ Alley” . 

The music stage will feature some of the biggest and brightest young talent Music City has to offer. Plenty of special events during the day will make this a “must attend” event for the entire family! Make sure to check out our Kids Zone for the little pit masters.

A variety of local car clubs will be showing off more than 80 spectacular antique and specialty cars on the festival grounds.  Special attractions will include a restored Good Humor Ice Cream truck and a restored 1927 Fire Truck that will be available for rides.

The Great Americana BBQ Festival is a family-friendly event, with tickets for adults starting at $5.00, and kids aged 12 and under entering free of charge.

This year the BBQ weekend will kick off with a special event Friday Night August 24th.  The “Flavor of Franklin” opens up the weekend with a celebration of the area’s best food and beverages.  Over 20 local restaurants and specialty food vendors will be on hand to give you a taste of some amazing food. 

Live music will be playing on the main stage for your entertainment.  Craft beer and cocktails will be for sale at the Flavor of Franklin Bar.  Tickets for the Flavor of Franklin will be available for $20 online as well as at the gate.

As an added attraction to the Flavor of Franklin our competitor’s area will be open so that you can see the Pitmasters preparing for the competition.  You never know, you might just see one of the secret ingredients or extra steps that wins the competition this year.

The BBQ festival is hosted by The Franklin BBQ Society and The Franklin Noon Rotary Club (FNRC). The FNRC has dedicated over six decades of service to its community and has distributed over two million dollars to local charities. FNRC continues to produce The Franklin Rodeo, Williamson County’s longest running annual event, celebrating its 70th year.

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