Let’s kick off the summer and celebrate the culinary art of BBQ together! 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 our sponsors. At its heart, it is a BBQ competition, but it encompasses all the components of a festival: good BBQ eatin’, a beer garden, food demonstration stage, a Kids’ Zone and plenty of entertainment.

BBQ Experience Tent

At the centre of the festival grounds, find the BBQ Experience Tent, offering you information about BBQ culture and more. Find knowledgeable BBQ enthusiasts there to answer any questions you might have, in addition to spice blend rubs and smokers available for purchase. You can also sign up for tours, where BBQ pit masters, Kansas City Barbeque Society certified judges and festival volunteers will guide you on a walking tour through the Competition Area, showcasing the live cooking action with opportunities to sample food as you go. Tours are in high demand and limited, so it’s recommend you sign up early. Don’t leave the BBQ Experience Tent without entering the draw to win a free smoker!

Pit Boss Kids' Zone

Porkapalooza is a family festival. We want to make sure we take care of all members of the family, both big and small, which is why we are happy to tell parents about the Pit Boss Kids’ Zone, presented by AdaptAbilities. The Kids’ Zone creates a safe place for kids to have fun, featuring crafts, games and bouncy castles, where your kids can happily spend hours doing what kids do best – play.

Food Demonstration Stage

Check out the action on our Food Demonstration Stage!

Saturday, June 15, 2019

12:30 p.m. All Things Turkey Elyse Chatterton, Get Cooking with Edmonton/Tofield Packers
1:15 p.m. Beans & BBQ Lindsay Porter, London Local
2:00 p.m. Brisket – Hot & Fast Rob Reinhardt, Prairie Smoke & Spice
2:45 p.m. Finger-Lickin’ Chicken Joe Semack, Motley Que
3:30 p.m. Pork on your Fork Steve Brochu, MilkCrate
4:15 p.m. Steak & BBQ Tips Bernie Kenny, BK BBQ

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Noon Some Like it Caliente! Victor Hugo
12:45 p.m. Backyard Chef Getting Piggy with It! Mark Bosworth
1:30 p.m. Vietnamese Salad Rolls Sharman & Carrie Selin
2:15 p.m. Grilling with Pulses Debra McLennan, Alberta Pulse Growers
3:00 p.m. Date Night Grilling Sharman & Miguel
3:45 p.m. Sous Vide & BBQ Dave Kantor, The Cave Paleo Beastro


Food vendors

  • Boss Hogs BBQ
  • Gator BBQ
  • Jackie O’s
  • Lemon Heaven
  • Misty Mountain BBQ
  • Monkey Sus Y Amigos
  • Passionate Potato
  • Poutine World

Retail vendors

  • Alberta Pork
  • BBQ Paddle Scraper
  • Chopped Leaf
  • Home Hardware, Sherwood Park
  • Yoder Smokers

Entertainment Stage

Check out the action on our Entertainment Stage!

Saturday’s entertainment included Innerlife, Mor or Less, Something Wild and Ukulele Orchestra. Sunday’s entertainment included Ruff Cutt, Rose Parliament and Just Us.


Interested in volunteering at Porkapalooza?

Porkapalooza volunteers get to be up-close and personal with festival organizers and BBQ teams, providing the hands-on service that’s so greatly appreciated by everyone.

Want to volunteer with us in the future?

Email volunteer@porkapalooza.ca to inquire. Please be aware your inquiry may not receive quick response. We appreciate your patience.