The Bar-B-Q themed competition and showcase, now in its 16th year, is retooling to be more guest experience oriented and to highlight the visual, performance and culinary arts.
The event will benefit The Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.
The Art of BBQ festival grounds will be located between 1st and 3rd St. on Elgin Avenue and on 2nd Street from Detroit to Greenwood in Downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome District.
The event will kick off at 6pm on Friday night at Legends Dance Hall and will feature a local restaurant and brewery showcase, an art auction, dance performances and live music from local musicians.
The VIP after party will be located at Back Alley Blues & BBQ, which will be converted to host live music and DJs until 2am.
The OU/Texas tail-gate, Bar-B-Q cook-off, art festivaland other street events will begin on Saturday morning and continuethrough the day.
The event will feature vendor booths, local Bar-B-Q food trucks, artist booths, and live music and dance to complement the reworked Bar-B-Q cook-off.
The categories for this year’s competition will be grilled items, smoked items, wings, sauce, ribs, sides and desserts.
Voting will be people’s choice in most categories with a few categories judged by local celebrities.
The event will also feature a tailgate cookout to coincide with the OU vs. Texas football game.
The 2013 Art of BBQ is an overhauled version of the annual event, now in its 16th year.
The new format is designed to be more appealing to casual event goers and is designed to optimize fund-raising opportunities for the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.
“We really wanted to take it up a notch this year and felt like by changing things around a bit, we could better showcase the arts and create a really fun two days for our guests.” said Blake Ewing, The Blue Ox Dining Group founder, and event organizer.
For more information, including the event schedule, or about participating in the event, either as a sponsor, artist, cook-off competitor, or to volunteer visit tulsaartofbbq.com or facebook.com/artofbbqtulsa.