Finger-licking festival returns June 11th & 12th, rain or shine
Uncasville, CT (April 7, 2022) – Mohegan Sun’s BBQ Fest is back and bigger than ever to celebrate the unofficial start of summer with award winning ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork and other succulent delicacies at the 9th Annual Sun BBQ Fest. This is a 2-day BBQ LOVER’S DREAM EVENT! On Saturday, June 11th and Sunday, June 12th – join the celebration of the best in barbecue with tons of food, cold beer, cocktails and live music. We invite guests to enjoy full plate vending from nationally acclaimed BBQ teams, sample small bites in our “People’s Choice Competition”, or participate in our annual Wing & Rib competition. Sun BBQ Fest also features a World Food Championship sanctioned barbecue competition with teams that compete all over the country. During the last hour of the event stick around to celebrate, over $25,000 will be given out in prize money!
We’re upping the ante this year with outdoor activities for your friends and family. Get your protein fix with delicious BBQ and sweet treats, then burn some calories all weekend at Big Dog’s Axe Throwing. If you’re feeling competitive, get a team together for the Wicked Cornhole Tournament on Sunday from Noon-4:00pm! Entry fee is $20 per team. Visit SUNBBQFEST.com to learn how to register early. Walk-ups are based on availability. The tournament team that wins will receive a free hotel stay as well as (2) tickets to a show at the world-class Mohegan Sun Arena! (for available dates)!
Tickets to the Sun BBQ Festival are $8.00 per day or $10.00 for the whole weekend and are on sale now through Ticketmaster and at Mohegan Sun Box Office. Kids ages six and under receive free admission.
Grab a seat at a picnic table and learn from leading BBQ Chefs, including Mike Puma from Gotham Burger Social Club and more. If you are interested in viewing the BBQ judging, Mohegan Sun is pulling back the curtain for guests to view select judging times throughout the weekend. Seating is limited. Mohegan Digital is also bringing the heat this summer, promoting their online casino app with more exciting giveaways and the Temperature Rising Game Show! There’s more! Now offering private fire pit rentals available for groups of 6-8 guests. This is a 21+experience. No underage admission is allowed within this seating area. Visit SUNBBQFEST.com for more information and live updates.
Ribs & Wings Galore
Guests can feast throughout the day by participating in the People’s Choice Contest. Participating World Food Championship teams will offer $2.00 BBQ samples all weekend long, and guests can vote for the best in show. Voting will be open from Saturday at 11:00am until Sunday at 3:00pm and the winners will be announced on Sunday at 4:00pm.
In addition to the People’s Choice competition, guests can indulge at the Rib and Wing Challenges. All participating WFC Team competitors will be given racks of ribs and loads of chicken wings to prepare in any flavor they wish. For $1 each, guests can taste any ribs or wings and help determine who reigns supreme. Winners will be announced during Sundays Awards Ceremony at 4:00pm, and a portion of the proceeds from both competitions benefit Operation BBQ Relief, an organization dedicated to providing meals to disaster-stricken communities across the U.S. The Rib Challenge Tent is open to guests on Saturday from Noon – 2:30pm, and the Wing Challenge Tent is open on Saturday from 6:00pm – 8:30pm.
Sun BBQ Fest wouldn’t be complete without entertainment!
All weekend long guests can pair their favorite slice of BBQ with great live entertainment including an upbeat set from DJ E@ZY kicking off the day at 11:30am, and the soulful sounds of local favorite Davey Blues. Blues hits the BBQ Fest stage Saturday at 3pm with the smoothest melodies guaranteed to have you on your feet. End Saturday night with a bang! An eye-popping firework show starts at 9:15pm. Sunday, live music will be provided on the Main Stage to keep the party rolling.
Updates on live music entertainment will be available prior to the event. To stay up to date on all things Sun BBQ Fest, visit SUNBBQFEST.COM
ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN:
Owned by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, Mohegan Sun is one of the largest, most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in the United States. Situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is home to two unique casinos, 1,600 deluxe hotel rooms, two world-class spas, a golf course, over 90 shops, restaurants and bars as well as three award-winning entertainment venues including a 10,000-seat Arena. Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country. More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @mohegansun, view us on YouTube and find us on Snapchat at username MoheganSun.