Like a locked steamer trunk in an attic, barbecue recipes are better when they contain a closely guarded family secret. Finally taste the truth with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $10 for two-day festival passes for two people (a $20 value)
- $18 for two-day festival passes for four people (a $40 value)
From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, the Naptown barBAYq & Music Festival takes over the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds for a family-friendly festival devoted to the art of barbecue. As more than 30 barbecuing teams compete for a state-championship title and $9,000 in cash prizes, dozens of live bands storm the stage, and a kiddie korral keeps tykes entertained. Event proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County and Anne Arundel Medical Center's pediatrics emergency-inpatient unit.
Naptown barBAYq & Music Festival
At the Anne Arundel County fairgrounds, competing teams of pit masters keep their grills fueled through the night, tingeing the cool air with the smoky, sweet aroma of slow-cooked beef. The marathon cooking session is all for the sake of the Kansas City Barbeque Society judges, whose favor each chef will curry come lunchtime. The annual barbequing competition is just one facet of the festival’s mission to showcase the best barbecue chefs in the region. In addition to the competition, local food vendors sate visitors with hot ribs and empower budding chefs with gourmet sauces and cookware. All the while, 25 live bands keep heads bobbing while reminding diners to chew 30 times before swallowing.