The WhistleStop Festival returns this weekend with a new home in John Hunt Park – The Madison Record


HUNTSVILLE – More than 150 barbecue experts and connoisseurs are expected this weekend for the return of WhistleStop, the two-day barbecue battle in Huntsville. Scheduled for August 13-14, the event invites professional and amateur grill masters to show off their barbecue expertise as festival-goers experience the excitement of a kitchen with live music, food trucks, and dining opportunities. tasting.

WhistleStop 2021 offers a menu of music, barbecue and entertainment in a hatchback atmosphere and this year’s event will take place at John Hunt Park in Huntsville.

The barbecue contest includes a professional division sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society; the Shadetree (amateur) division, now judged by certified judges; and a WhistleStop Wing Thing where the audience decides the winner.

Fans will serve chicken and ribs, while professionals will showcase their best chicken, pork, ribs and beef brisket to see who wins.

The Kansas City BBQ Society prizes will be presented on Saturday at 4:30 p.m., with the Shadetree BBQ prizes following at 8:30 p.m. Many backyard kitchen teams participating in the Shadetree contest will have Boston butt samples available for viewing. the tasting. Participating teams will display a flag at their cooking site.

A new aspect of the 2021 event is the Mayor’s Cup competition as part of the People’s Choice. Everyone who attends WhistleStop on Saturdays between 12pm and 2pm will have the chance to ‘put your money where your mouth is’.
Another public tasting will be offered on Friday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the Wing Thing competition where festival-goers will choose the winner of the best chicken wings.

In addition to the barbecue contest, there will be live music featuring nationally touring tribute groups and local artists with tributes to Santana, Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd and food trucks for those who prefer to d ‘other dining options.

All activities take place at John Hunt Park located at 2151 Airport Road Southwest in Huntsville.

Festival opening hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission per person (11 years and over) is $ 10 per day. Serving as the primary fundraising event for the EarlyWorks family of museums, proceeds from the festival support the expansion of the museum’s STEM education initiative.

For more information, visit www.whistlestopweekend.com.

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