HOG WILD: 7th Annual Cocoa Village BBQ & Blues Set June 2-3, Will Host 50 Pro Teams
By Space Coast Daily // April 21, 2017
Craig Technologies is presenting sponsor
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Village will host 50 Pro teams for the Seventh Annual, FBA Sanctioned, Historic Cocoa Village BBQ & Blues, set for June 2 and 3.
This event is a World Food Championship BBQ Qualifier as well as an American Royal Invitational, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational and Jack Daniel’s World Championship qualifier.
Admission to this event is free to the public and partial proceeds go toward supporting the great community services provided by Aging Matters of Brevard.
Craig Technologies is the presenting sponsor and BBQ & Blues Event Organizer Emma Kirkpatrick said, “We are thrilled to have Craig Technologies back with us this year, especially in a presenting role as our Black Angus sponsor.”
Craig Technologies supports projects from conceptual to real-world applications with end-users in mind. They engineer, design, prototype, manufacture and test a wide variety of mission-critical systems for a diverse range of customers. This extraordinary company is a proud supporter of its community in a variety of ways.
“Another major source of support this year is a $5,000 grant from Smokin’ with Smithfield, which enables us to up our prize money awards from $10,000 to $15,000 for the Professional BBQ competition,” said Kirkpatrick.
Other returning key sponsors for 2017 include Econolodge Port Canaveral, Excell Coatings, the Orndorf Wealth Management Group, Space Shirts, Indian River Art, and the City of Cocoa.
BBQ & Blues kicks off the weekend’s entertainment Friday night with Big Blues Machine, followed by Friday night’s headliner, the Joey Gilmore Band.
On Saturday, Riverfront Park will be smokin’ with hot BBQ in the park & cool blues on stage.
The entertainment line-up for Saturday features Matt Rossman, Bird Dog Bobby, The Daniel Heitz Band, Josh Miller’s Blues Revue, and rounding out the weekend, The Tommy Z Band.
The People’s Choice judging will start at 11 a.m. Saturday, and activities include various street entertainers, a vendor village showcasing the work of talented local artists and crafters. The awards ceremony to honor the very tastiest in Florida BBQ will begin at 5 p.m.
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