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It’s time once again for festival fans and music lovers to converge in Kennesaw for two days of smoked and seasoned bbq bliss!
From the Dixieland horns, rowdy ragtime piano and gypsy jazz sounds of Blair Crimmins and the Hookers to the amped-up blues rock of Eliminator – the ORIGINAL ZZ Top Tribute Band — there’s something for everyone! Other artists include Beverly “Guitar” Watkins, the Thomas Fountain Band, Chicago Joe Jones, Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen, Kara Claudy, Gibson Wilbanks, Rick Snyder, The Coteries, Highbeams, Peachy Pyron and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. Checkout the full schedule at www.pigsandpeaches.com.
Check out up-and-coming artists and established talent on three stages of entertainment while chowing down on some of the best festival food in the Southeast. Stroll around and savor the smells. Shop, eat, drink and interact with over 200 vendors and exhibitors. Keep the little ones laughing and playing for hours in the Kid Zone — a family-friendly playground of inflatable jumpers, amusements and attractions.
The festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition, recognized as a Georgia State Championship event, as well as Backyard BBQ, Anything Butt and Peach Dessert contests. New for 2016 is a Kids’ Que cook-off for budding young pitmasters. Over $16,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to contest winners.
Some of the musical performers include:
With over 40 years performing electric rockin’ blues, Roger Hurricane Wilson
Singer-songwriter Peachy Pyron divides her time between Atlanta and Nashville where she plays gigs and writes with Grammy-nominated writers Clay Mills and Marty Dodson as well as other professionals.
Highbeams will bring their emotive, high energy folk rock music to the City of Kennesaw’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.
The Coteries play acoustic Americana music steeped in their travels and the back roads of the American countryside. Blending mandolin, banjo and acoustic guitar, they deliver a lovely kind of Southern songwriting anchored by strong vocals and breezy instrumentation.
It’s not hard to guess where Chicago Joe Jones grew up, but while he cut his musical teeth in the Windy City, he now calls Atlanta home.
Caleb Warren and the Perfect Gentlemen will bring their acoustic brass ‘n’ brew-grass tunes to the stage at this year’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival. The band bridges a gap between the music of the old-timey speakeasies and juke joints with the voice of a new generation
Carly Gibson and BJ Wilbanks, better known as Gibson Wilbanks, will bring their unique and popular Southern blues sounds to the stage at this year’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival.
Saturday’s activities will be capped off with a spectacular fireworks finale at 9:30pm.
Do I need to purchase a ticket to get into the festival?
No, admission is FREE and so is the entertainment.
Can I sample the BBQ competition food?
Public tasting is not offered as part of the BBQ competition, however there will be dozens of vendors (including several cook teams) who will be selling BBQ, and other food and beverages at the festival. Prices will vary among vendors.
Are the inflatables free?
The Kid Zone will feature both FREE and pay-to-play inflatables and attractions.
Will there be ATM machines on-site?
Yes, ATM machines will be available at the festival for convenient cash withdrawals.
Will alcohol be sold at the festival?
Beer will be available for purchase by individuals ages 21 and over at several locations throughout the festival.
Can I bring my dog to the festival?
For the safety and comfort of festival goers, owners are discouraged from bringing their four-legged family members. Many dogs do not respond well to large crowds, loud noises and the heat.
From its humble beginnings, Pigs & Peaches has grown into one of the region’s most beloved festivals attracting an estimated 65,000 attendees annually.
Its roots trace back to the historic train Depot in downtown Kennesaw where in 2001, the City of Kennesaw’s Parks & Recreation Department held a blues concert and barbeque cook-off for a handful of amateur grillers.
The backyard-only tradition continued until 2007 when organizers chose to elevate the experience for competitive cook teams by sanctioning the event.
In 2008, to make room for more cook teams and a few vendors eager to be part of the festivities, the event was moved to its current location at Adams Park.
Now in its 16th year, the festival features two days of non-stop music, good eats, cold beer and interactive family-fun.