- Feb. 21, 2020
-- Marking its 5th
fun-filled, food-fueled year, the 2020 Sip & Swine BBQ Festival makes its much-anticipated return to Coolray Field on March 6-7. After half a decade, the organizers of the festival have learned a thing or two about throwing a great event – combine a wide array of food expertly prepared by professional AND amateur pit masters with live music played on the big stage, cold beer on tap for 21+ attendees, and over 100 arts & crafts vendors on site. But there's far more to this event than the heavenly aroma of BBQ on the breeze. Proceeds from the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival benefit the Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter, an incredible nonprofit that provides transitional housing and programs for homeless infants and children up to age 17 along with their young mothers.
"After the first four years, we really feel as though we've caught our stride where the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival is concerned," said Jim Lloyd, Chairman for the Home of Hope Board of Directors, Sip & Swine BBQ Festival organizer and CEO of Que Crew Sponsor, Lawrenceville-
based InsuranceHub. "Each subsequent year, we witness more participation from competition teams, volunteers and vendors, as well as steady growth in the size of our crowds and funds raised in support of Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter. It's a good time in support of a great cause, and we hope that this year marks our best year to date. 2020 marks the introduction of a new component we're really excited about, too. We're launching a Kids Q event for aspiring chefs and pint-sized pit masters under the age of 16. It's a really neat way for kids to play a role in a charity event designed to help other kids in their community while having fun. I'm looking forward to seeing what they create."
Because admission and parking are FREE at this KCBS-sanctioned event – presented by returning Grand Champion Sponsor, Hendrick Automotive Group, the real fundraising happens in the People's Choice tent where attendees can purchase a taster kit – which features 9 samples of BBQ chosen at random – for $10. The People's Choice BBQ Tasting takes place Saturday, March 7th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Over the last four years, the Sip & Swine BBQ Festival (2020 Sip & Swine BBQ Festival (https://sipandswine.com/
)) has raised $150,000 for Home of Hope at Gwinnett Children's Shelter (http://www.homeofhopegcs.org/