Party Safe! My 2016 Guide to BBQ Fest #MIM #WCBCC16 #BBQFEST #901Law #MIMGARR @MemphisInMay

Text me, tweet me, if you gotta reach me:
@MissAttyMaam 901-213-6529 #901Law

If you want to meet me, look for me at the
MIM Great American River and 901Fest on May 28, 2016

It’s BBQ time in Tennessee: Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 12-14, 2016 and I can already smell the smoke in the air! While the Memphis Grizzlies are done grit grinding for the season, my team Uncle Murle’s BBQ R-037 is hard at work getting the rig cleaned & loaded, flooring installed, and tent built. BBQ Fest is a lot of hard work for teams, but the payoff is a week of great food, fun and new friends.

If you’re new to Memphis, BBQ fest or just visiting for the week: Visit the new Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid or enjoy a meal at a Downtown BBQ joint like Central BBQ or The Rendezvous so you don’t arrive at the festival too hungry. Get to the park early, walk around, say hello and meet the teams.  Many teams are sponsored by local businesses that want you as a customer.

Here’s my guide to enjoying BBQ fest:

  1. Check out the Entertainment schedule: Miss Piggy Idol contest on Thursday night with bands each night too on the Cattleman’s BBQ Main Stage.
  2. Free Admission at Lunchtime: 11am to 1pm on Thursday and Friday, this is a good time to walk around and meet people. Avoid Saturday daytime judging hours: 11am to 4pm. General Admission Tickets are $9 and $27 for a 3 day pass plus $5 processing fee or $10 at the Beale Street and South Bluff entrances ONLY (not the middle Bluff gate.)
  3. Sign up for the Kingsford Tour of Champions & Cooker’s Caravan: 2-4pm and 4-6pm slots on both Thursday and Friday, you get to be an on-site judge of six teams.
  4. Park closing at Midnight on Thursday and Friday, 10pm on Saturday: Anyone without a 24-Hour wristband will be tossed out.
  5. Check out the Downtown Parking Map: there is no event parking. Get a MATA Trolley pass, use promo code uber901law for free ride up to $20 or get a taxi: Cheaper than a DUI.

    UBER PICK-UP / DROP-OFF ZONE

  6. Bring a VALID photo ID and cash in singles and small bills. You can’t buy food from teams, but you can tip the teams for hospitality and make donations.
  7. Dress for the weather, dirt, walking and the cooking heat – you can walk a mile from one end of the park to the other! Bug spray and sunscreen required. Hydrate or YOU WILL GET SICK.
  8. For Health Code restrictions, teams are not allowed to sell food from their team tents. Eat at a Downtown BBQ joint or find a local Food Truck; On Thursdays, 4+ trucks congregate in Court Square from bout 11am-2pm or find them on Twitter. You can purchase Championship Barbecue from special concessions tents: Willingham’s River City Rooters R-11, Yazoo’s Delta Q H-214, and Victory Lane H-210-211
  9. Mind the the rules: BBQ FAQ KEEP IT FAMILY FRIENDLY.
  10. MPD will be trolling, mornings at 201 Poplar are full of people who had too much fun at BBQ Fest. Be safe and have fun, but don’t get too crazy. Don’t be the like the swimmers… but… you have rights. Know them. [INFOGRAPHIC] 

Text me, tweet me, if you gotta reach me:
@MissAttyMaam 901-213-6529 #901Law

If you want to meet me, look for me at the
MIM Great American River on May 28 and 901Fest

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