Fill Up on Food, Drinks, Music and Fun at the Safeway Barbecue Battle

Now in its 21st year of packing pounds on D.C.-area renters (and everyone else), the Safeway Barbecue Battle is taking place again from June 22 to 23 on Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets. (If you’re friends with any bovine critters, particularly those in the Suidae family, All Apologies.)

Hours for Saturday, June 22 are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., while Sunday, June 23 opens at 11 a.m. and closes down at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s festival benefits the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, and special this year is the Military Chefs Cook-Off, which benefits Wounded Warrior Project.

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Too much to list, so we’ll give you the links and let you sort it out. We will highlight a few things though.

For free food samples, hit the Safeway Sampling Pavilion, which is open on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. (while supplies last). For a look at restaurants represented at the festival, click on the above link.

The Safeway Music & Demonstration Stage will feature celebrity chefs (like Chad Schafer), cooking demonstrations, music, talent shows and maybe even a bag of pork rinds. In fact, there’ll be three stages featuring 30 bands for your listening pleasure.

The big showcase, of course, are the contests themselves, broken down into many juicy categories. The grillers will compete for more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. Other than Safeway, there is a meaty load of sponsors.

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Tickets are $12 for adults and teens; those 12 and under get in free. You can save a whopping 20 percent if you buy online or at select retail outlets early (of course, online they hit you with a silly-@#$ fee that almost dashes any savings. Not sure if the brick-and-mortar sellers stick it to you or not). And by buying online they say you won’t have to wait in line, so I’m assuming they’ll either e-mail you your tickets or send them in the mail and no, I don’t have a cutoff date for when you can do either. Can’t do everything for you on this blog, and certainly not any more than I’m already doing to support the killing of hooved creatures that haven’t done a thing to me.

If you love animals, be a happy hypocrite and check out this fun bash. If you couldn’t care less about our breathing, furry, beautiful cousins, drag your evil self down to Pennsylvania Avenue and help out two great causes and eat some fine food. The Federal Triangle Metrorail station dumps you off in the festival’s midst.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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