What is Porkapalooza?
The Porkapalooza BBQ Festival is a community event showcasing the art and culture of BBQ. It is organized by the Porkapalooza BBQ Festival Society with generous financial support from Alberta Pork. At its heart, it is a BBQ competition, but it encompasses all the components of a festival: local food trucks, beer gardens, food demonstration stage, a Kids Zone playground and plenty of entertainment.
This year, Porkapalooza is working with three hard-working local charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern Alberta, Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS), and, as usual, AdaptAbilities.
Porkapalooza 2017 will be held June 10-11.
Porkapalooza is Edmonton’s premier BBQ competition. For the fourth year in a row, Porkapalooza BBQ Society is organizing this community event that offers all visitors a food festival that explores the art and culture of BBQ. It’s a form of cooking that’s as old as time itself, and enjoyed by cultures and nationalities around the world.
This year, Porkapalooza returns to its roots. With its new location at Northlands, and a stronger focus on the BBQ competition, Porkapalooza offers the public a truly authentic BBQ experience! You can’t miss the mouth-watering smell of smoked meat and charcoal as soon as you enter the festival grounds. This smell is created by the talented BBQ teams gathering here from all over Canada. These teams will compete on the weekend of June 10 and 11 for $16,000 in prize money. Deadlines are strict as teams hand their samples to a 6-member judging panel. Teams will often pull an all-nighter on Saturday, tending to their smokers to prepare for the competition on Sunday!
There’s a lot of great BBQ culture to experience, and the teams are eager to talk to the public about their techniques. But there will also be many local food trucks serving you up some of their own great food. Most food vendors will serve up a BBQ or grilled menu to make sure you satisfy those BBQ cravings, so bring your appetite!
The kids will have their own entertainment at the all-inclusive Kids Zone hosted by AdaptAbilities. The Kids Zone is a wild and wonderful interactive kids play area with bouncy things, arcade games, crafts, face painters and balloon artists that will keep the smiles on their faces for a long time.