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Inaugural BBQ and Brew Festival seeks competitors
BBQ&Brew Festival

If you’ve been complimented for your barbecue cooking skills, now is your chance to show it: Sign up to compete in the inaugural BBQ and Brew Festival, coming to Yuma’s Main Street Feb. 22-23.

The Best in The Desert Southwest competition, licensed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), features four categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket.

Prizes will be awarded for first-third place in each category and a trophy for first place. The winning payouts are as follows:

  • 1st place: $100
  • 2nd place: $50
  • 3rd place: $25
  • Reserve Champion: $250
  • Grand Champion: $500, plus a trophy for each.

The cost per team is $50 and each team shall consist of a chief cook and as many assistants as the chief cook deems necessary. Festival coordinators will follow the official KCBS rules and regulations.

“Heritage Festivals is really excited to bring this level of competition to the Yuma community,” said City of Yuma Marketing Specialist Carrie Ring. “The benefits of having a licensed barbecue contest are numerous. We are excited for what this festival could become in the future.”

The Kansas City Barbeque Society is the world's largest organization of barbecue and grilling enthusiasts. KCBS sanctions over 400 contests across the U.S. annually.

The deadline to enter is Feb. 6. For complete KCBS rules and the application form visit and return application to

If you are interested in being a vendor, complete the Vendor Application and return to

Sponsors for the BBQ and Brew Festival include Prison Hill Brewing Co., Smitty’s Body Shop, Porter Family Entertainment, Vacation Village Resorts, Cricket Wireless, A Pop Above Popcorn Company, Wow Factor Attractions, and Coca-Cola Company.