Exceeding expectations. That’s what a great festival experience is all about.
While a heated competition between true barbecue competitors is the basis of the festival, the ultimate focus is to connect the community and provide a unique experience.
In addition to tasting a sampling of several styles, varieties and flavors of barbecue, festivalgoers will experience hands-on demonstrations, equipment showcases, recipe formulations, technique discussions and unmatched interaction with the cooks.
From beef and chicken to pork and sausage and from open flame to smoke-cooked or cast iron prepared, this barbecue experience will showcase it all.
At the heart of the White Street BBQ Experience is the KCBS Sanctioned Backyard Contest. Featuring 20 teams from the area and across the nation, this contest will fill the streets of Downtown Wake Forest with more talent than the amount of smoke!
The categories are chicken and ribs with a People's Choice contest featuring pork. The People's Choice allows 500 festival goers to go up to each team, taste their amazing food and get to interact with the cooks who toiled all night to nail their signature flavors.
Cash prizes totaling $14,000 are awarded to the top five places in each category as well as trophies. The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion prizes will be given to the teams with the highest collective scores from the chicken and ribs categories.
THE KANSAS CITY BARBEQUE SOCIETY (KCBS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque, is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 20,000 members worldwide.
KCBS sanctions over 500 barbeque contests world wide. From volunteering to actual event production, our members also offer assistance to civic and charitable organizations who organize events.
Matt Phillips & The Back Pocket
Matt Phillips & the Back Pocket is a funkadellic bunch of Carrboro session musicians. Drawing from their experience playing jazz, classical, folk, gospel & world music, mp&p shows will lift your spirits & make your head rock. Matt will tell you the hardest truths in the sweetest way: “I must be onto something, ‘cause I smile when I play the blues.”
Part of the White Street BBQ Experience is walking away with more knowledge and excitement about the craft of barbecuing. The demonstration area will host hands on experiences throughout the day from the experts themselves.
11:15 B&W Hardware/Traeger Grills
12:15 Southern Craft Butchers
1:15 Lowes Foods
2:15 John Shelton Reed
3:15 Rib Eating Contest presented by City Barbecue
4:15 B&W Hardware/Traeger Grills
Whether you are a team, judge, vendor, or volunteer there are amazing opportunities to bring an incredible experience to our small town.
The judges are full for this year's contest! You can still be put on the waitlist by applying at the KCBS event page.
We are accepting food vendors and non-food vendors to serve during the festival. Preference will be given to food vendors serving barbecue (kinda obvious) and to non-food vendors that relate to the theme of the event. Acceptance will occur on an individual basis.
We would love your help to make the White Street BBQ Experience the friendliest and best run event possible. Here's your chance to be a part of the White Street Crew for a day!