Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival, Atlanta from America’s Best Barbecue Festivals (Slideshow)

America’s Best Barbecue Festivals (Slideshow)

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Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival, Atlanta

The Atlanta Bar-B-Q Festival calls itself “the crossroads of bar-b-q” because it brings together styles from Texas, the Carolinas, Memphis, St. Louis, and Kentucky all in one event. Now in its ninth year, the festival will charge only $6 in advance ($10 day of) for admission to the August 12-13, 2016 event — but guests can opt for a $30 “Bourbon Experience” ticket instead ; in addition to general admission access, this also includes a commemorative sample glass and 10 free tokens to use on over 30 premium bourbons (costing 1-4 tokens each, with additional tokens available for $1 each).  A buck will also buy you limited samples from many of the vendors. As for other attractions, there are  cooking demos, live music and entertainment, and the highly anticipated BBQ Cook Off.