bbq-festThe Great Adirondack BBQ Festival is scheduled for Saturday, July 29th at 201 North Street in Old Forge New York, according to Max Cohen, Director of Special Events and Director of Hospitality Marketing for Meyda Lighting, a leading manufacturer of decorative lighting. The Great Adirondack BBQ Festival, which offers Over $15,000 in cash prizes, is open to the public. For more information on entering a team in the competition, please call/text Max Cohen @ 315.527.5957.

The best grilling competition in the Adirondacks, The Great Adirondack BBQ Festival should be added to your must-attend list this summer. Judges will be traveling to the competition from all over the Northeast; each judge is a member of the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) and is certified in judging BBQ. There will be four categories to judge; pork, pork ribs, brisket, and chicken. There will be Over $10,000 in cash prizes. These tasty event days are filled with sampling opportunities, food and beverage concessions, live entertainment, and more!

“I chose to do a BBQ competition because BBQ is staple of summertime, and there’s nothing better than BBQ’ing outside, especially in the Adirondacks!” explained Mr. Cohen. “We currently have a dozen teams registered to compete, but we expect 20-30 teams will be competing overall.”

The Great Adirondack BBQ Festival will feature some fantastic music, played by Nick & Jay, of the band Floodwood. In addition to the music, we will be offering Saranac products, an assortment of different food vendors, and there will be areas for folks to sit and enjoy their food and drinks while listening to some great music (and some dancing too!). Tickets will be available on site, $5 for adults; kids 14 and under are FREE. The ticket price includes one free Saranac drink.

“The most recent contest I attended was the Salt City BBQ Festival on May 21st in Syracuse, NY,” continued Mr. Cohen. “As a new member of the KCBS, one of the requirements of hosting a fully sanctioned KCBS event is to shadow other BBQ competition organizers. I was able to meet the KCBS reps, Don and Nancy, who will be working with us at our event.”

For more information, contact Max Cohen at 315.527.5957 or visit