Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival

Kennesaw Pigs and Peaches Barbeque Festival

The City of Kennesaw is hosting the annual Pigs and Peaches BBQ Festival on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2013. The festival features plenty of great barbecued meats as well as great desserts and live entertainment. Kids will enjoy the large Kid Zone, and families can enjoy the numerous vendors and exhibits.

The Festival includes a Georgia State Championship Barbecue Cookoff, including over $14,000 in cash and prizes in an event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. There is also a non-sanctioned Backyard BBQ event and a Anything Butt and Peach Dessert Contest.

On Saturday at 9:30pm, an inspirational firework spectacular will light up the sky over Adams Park.

Contact Information:
Phone: (770) 422-9714

Dates and Times:
Friday, August 23, 2013 from 6pm – 11pm
Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 10am – 10pm

Entertainment Stage:
Free live entertainment will be offered on two stages – the kids zone stage and the main stage.
Friday, August 23, 2013 at 6:30pm – Lefty Williams Band (Southern rock, funk, and blues)
Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:30pm – Seven Handle Circus (Grass ‘n’ Roll)
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 5pm – Rolling Nowhere (Junkyard Folk)
Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 7:30pm – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi Tribute)

Festival Location:
Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center
2753 Watts Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144

Admission:
Free

Parking:

Free public parking is available at the following locations:

  • Lot at the intersection of Dallas St. and J.O. Stephenson Ave. (unpaved)
  • Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main St. (north & east lots only)
  • Along Watts Dr. (behind Kennesaw City Hall)
  • BB&T, 2760 N. Cobb Pkwy.
  • Amason Family Dentistry, 2430 Powell Pl.
  • Lot at the intersection of North Main St. and Moon Station Rd.
  • Kennesaw Depot, 2828 Cherokee St.
  • Grass lot off Big Shanty Dr./Sardis St., north of the Kennesaw Depot
  • Kennesaw Teen Center, 2765 South Main St.

Handicap only parking is available at the following locations:

  • Ben Robertson Community Center (against south side of building facing Watts Dr.)
  • Kennesaw City Hall, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave.
  • Bus turnaround off Big Shanty Dr.

Paid parking is available at the following locations:

  • Former Wachovia Bank, 2785 Watts Dr.
  • The Harmony House, 2891 Lewis St.
  • Willis Chiropractic Center, 2829 Dallas St.

For more information, please call (770) 422-9714 or visit www.PigsAndPeaches.com.

Contact Information:
Phone: (770) 422-9714

Backyard BBQ event

Holy Smoked BBQ vendor

Plenty of food at the festival

Great fresh squeezed lemonade

Enjoy the huge kids zone

Kennesaw Pigs and Peaches Barbecue Festival

For more information, please call (770) 422-9714 or visit www.PigsAndPeaches.com.

Contact Information:
Phone: (770) 422-9714

Comments

  1. Wanda says

    I took my 3yr old Grandson last year and the Kid Zone was GREAT! Lookin forward to the “Pigs” & KettleCorn! We are so excited for this year!
    Thanks to the Peaches & Pigs!

  2. Lynettepayne says

    I went to the festival last year and it was wonderful, I would like to participate this year. I am trying to find the link to fill out the application for vendors can you assist me thank you.

  3. Amy WInn says

    I have never been; However my husband and i will be attending on Saturday and we are looking forward to the BBQ. we have heard wonderful things about this event.

  4. Carolyn Black says

    I really enjoyed the festival. Great vendors and bbq. But where was the “Peach”? I did not see one peach desert in the place.

    • says

      Hi Carolyn,
      Thanks for your comment. You are correct in that the bbq is definitely featured more prominently than the peaches, but there were several great peach options available. Some vendors had peach cobbler available, and Mercier Orchards was there with ice cold peach cider. By the way, if you have not been to Mercier Orchards in North Georgia, you should definitely add a Mercier visit to your “to do” list.

  5. Gitta Sno-Ball Michael LeBlanc says

    We serve the Real Deal, just like in New Orlens. We cook our own syrups and serve generous portions. More than all the popular flavors. We would love to be a part of your event.

  6. joe sutherland says

    We were peoples choice champs at smoke on the lake ackworth an would like to join y’all but can’t find form

  7. Karin says

    Hello!

    We would love to join you as a vendor at your event this year, but are having trouble locating a current vendor application. Went to pigsandpeaches.com, but no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Many thanks!

    • says

      Hi Lynette,
      The parking area around the Ben Robertson Community Center will be used for the festival. There is usually a stage at the entrance to the center and tables, chairs, vendors, etc. in the parking lot (see pictures below).

      Parking is available at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, in front of the Teen Center, at the Depot, at City Hall, at Publix and at strip mall immediately behind Publix, as well as some downtown businesses (marked with signage).

    • says

      Hi Tonya,
      We have not seen any information about it, but you can try calling the event organizers at (770) 422-9714 or visit the event website, online at PigsAndPeaches.com.

  8. Kelly says

    I went last year A!A was playing. Who is playing this year? It was a first date and we had a blast. We are still dating…

    • says

      Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for the comment. Here is the entertainment lineup (also added to the main article above):
      On Friday, Toulouse Street (Doobie Brothers tribute band) will headline the main stage at 7:30pm.
      On Saturday, the entertainment lineup on the kids stage includes puppet shows, youth dance performances, and cooking demonstrations. Saturday’s main stage lineup includes blues and jazz acts (including Tommy Keys and Martha Ann Brooks) as well as The Stranger (Billy Joel tribute) headlining at 7pm.

    • says

      Hi Rachel,

      You can enjoy the atmosphere and live entertainment for free, however you will probably want to buy some of the delicious food and drinks available for sale. It is probably a good idea to bring more than you think you will need, but they offer ATM machines if you need more.

  9. Denise Lewis says

    Are dogs allowed? I have a 6 lb Chihuahua that usually rides in her tote bag everywhere I go but I didn’t want to drive up from Douglasville with her and then not be able to get in with her. Too hot to leave her in the car.

    • says

      Hi Denise,

      We would suggest calling the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714. We have seen dogs there in the past, but are not sure if there is a specific pet policy during the festival.

      In years past, the main festival area has been in the parking lot around the community center. There were also some activities that took place on the athletic fields around the center (beer garden, sports zone, helicopter ride, etc.) and no pets are allowed on the fields (see above picture).

  10. lindsay says

    Any ideas on when the paratroopers will jump on Saturday? I would love to bring the kids to see them but with a new baby (3 month old) I can’t stay out in the heat for too long.

    • says

      Hi Lindsay,

      Congratulations on the new baby and very understandable not wanting to be out too long with a 3 month old. We called the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation department but were unable to get that information. They said that information might be posted on the pigsandpeaches.com website a bit closer to the event day though. If we find out any new information, we will be sure to post it.

    • says

      Hi Lindsay,

      We just found out that the Silver Wings Command Exhibition Parachute Demonstration Team from Fort Benning will jump into the Festival on Saturday, August 27 at 1pm.

  11. Patrick Myers says

    Been living in Kennesaw for over six years, but this will be my family’s first time to the festival. Can’t wait. My daughter is excited to go, though she was disappointed to find out that she won’t see any pigs…live ones anyhow. (Or will she?).

    Thanks,
    Patrick

    • says

      Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for the comment and glad you are going to the festival this year. We don’t recall seeing any live pigs in years past, however your daughter might have just as much fun spotting the amazingly creative banners with pigs on them – created by the bbq teams (see pictures above for examples).

  12. Chris says

    Any reason this can’t be held in October when it is COOLER? Love going, but, the heat makes me cut short the visit every year.

  13. Lisa Kerns says

    Any idea yet when the paratroopers will be jumping? I still can’t find out any info. about that.. Thanks!
    Lisa

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      We just found out that the Silver Wings Command Exhibition Parachute Demonstration Team from Fort Benning will jump into the Festival on Saturday, August 27 at 1pm.

  14. Sam Adams says

    Is each tent priced individually, or is there an option to get an “all you can eat” ticket? How much does the food generally cost?

    • says

      Hi Sam,

      Prices for food and drinks are determined by each vendor. Unfortunately there is no “all you can eat” ticket, but perhaps you should suggest that to the event organizers. ;-) Prices are typically in the $1-$5 range, depending on the food item. There are also some tents in the backyard bbq contest and pro contest that do not sell food and are only there for the competition. These tents are generally away from the main area and are labeled with a “no vending” sign.

  15. Scott says

    TOTALLY DISAPPOINTING !!!!!!!
    This is the second time I have been to the festival and was completely disappointed.
    The festival is great if you want to try your hand at a BBQ competition, but for the general public it was awful.
    Very few vendors were giving samples whether free or for a small price.
    I expected to try a number of different places and then become a customer of their establishment.
    Instead, your offered a full plate of BBQ for 5$ or so. So, I ended up eating at one place where I ate an entire plate and was done eating. If I wanted to go eat a plate of BBQ, I can go to a local restaurant.

    My suggestion to all the vendors:
    If you want to build your business, you offer a small taste or sample of your food to the thousands of people who may become potential customers. I’m not saying it has to be free either. Give a small sample for free (similar to how the mall gets you to try a small piece to win a customer) or even if I can get 1 rib for 1$, this way I can try 5 places for 5$.
    Either way, instead, I tried 1 place (which was very good) and looked at 100 BBQ signs wondering how their food was.
    Oh….Pigs & Peaches – I don’t recall seeing anyone selling Peach Cobbler or Peach pie, etc.

    • Don says

      The Taste of Kennesaw is a sampling/ tasting of food event.That may the type of event you are referring too.

      As far as the Pigs and Peaches BBQ festival, it includes a BBQ competition sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society which is the largest in ,the State of Georgia. It was also chosen by KCBS as one of the top 25 BBQ festivals in the country.

      There is music, food, a Kid zone, all day entertainment, two evening concerts, and even a fireworks display to end the festival Saturday evening.

  16. Goosenco says

    Just a question. I thought the fest went for Friday, Saturday, Sunday? Am I mistaken? If so then why does it NOT cover the entire weekend?

    • says

      Hi Goosenco,

      The Pigs & Peaches BBQ Fest is a two day festival on Friday and Saturday only. Not sure why they don’t include Sunday. If you would like to forward your suggestion to the event organizers, you can reach them at (770) 422-9714.

    • says

      Hi Melissa and Michelle,

      It might be a good idea to check with the Kennesaw Parks and Recreation Department to see what their policy is regarding coolers and chairs. You can reach them at (770) 422-9714.

    • says

      Hi Andrew,

      The kids zone features a mix of both paid and free activities. Paid activities include rides, slides, jumpers, etc. and free activities include entertainment on the family stage and “a variety of interactive games and other child-friendly activities.” (source:pigsandpeaches.com)

  17. Sabrina says

    Hi, I am a North Cobb High School student, and I signed up yesterday to volunteer for the festival. However, I have yet to receive any information on what I will be doing and who to contact. Any suggestions on what to do?

  18. Shawn says

    This year’s pigs and peaches festival was a waste of my time. I thought that this would be a great putting for the family, especialy my son and his best friend who both love bbq. I think the setup was wonderful & whoever took the time to plan this event did a great job, but my biggest gripe would be with the vendors. Most of the vendors probably had great products, but they mostly kept it to themselves. As I walked around a lot of the vendors were feeding their personal guests seated around their RVs, sitting around and enjoying the atmosphere. My wife thought that maybe they were on break. I must say that there was one vendor who was busy from the time I got to the event from the time I had arrived until the time I left. Zeigler’s BBQ had some great food. They were very busy and still found a way to be hospitable to their customers. One other gripe I have is if this was suppose to be a “pigs & peaches” festival, nobody had peach pies or cobblers. This was very disappointing for me. I walked the entire park and did not find but one vendor selling peaches, no peach pies though. Somewhat disappointing.

    • says

      Hi Shawn,

      Thanks for the comment. Part of the festival includes a bbq competition, and many of the groups sitting around their RVs are actually just amateur bbq teams who are not legally allowed to sell the food they are cooking. They are cooking in order to enter their food into the competition, and they likely just share the rest with their friends and family. Many local BBQ restaurants were there though selling to the public, including BBQ Street where we had some great peach cobbler, Zeiglers where we had great pork and ribs, Big Shanty Smokehouse, Williamson Bros, JD’s, and several others. We also sampled some great peach pies from Mercier Orchards booth to the right of the main stage and some peach ice cream from Front Porch Ice Cream.

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