So you’re asking yourself, what is this Porka-palooza thing, and who are these crazy BBQ obsessed people?


Porkapalooza is Edmonton’s premier BBQ competition. 2018 represents our fifth year running as a festival and celebrating the culinary art of BBQ with friends and family from all over! The Porkapalooza BBQ Festival Society works hard to support local and work with the community to help everyone enjoy a taste of the sweet #BBQlife. It’s a form of cooking that’s as old as time itself, and enjoyed by cultures and nationalities around the world. We hope to share it with you this June.

Welcome to Porkapalooza

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 Father’s Day weekend, June 16 and 17 for $16,000 in prize money. Deadlines are strict as teams hand their samples to a KCBS certified judging panel. Teams pull an all-niter on Saturday, tending to their smokers to prepare for the competition on Sunday!



There’s a lot of great BBQ culture to experience, and teams are often 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. 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, games, crafts, face painters and balloon artists that will keep the smiles on their faces for a long time.

See you at the Big Meat Up – Porkapalooza 2018!