It’s hard to believe, but we are preparing to celebrate the 10th Annual Maryland State BBQ Bash on Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th. The BBQ Bash is a barbecue themed street festival featuring the Maryland State BBQ Championship contest where 50 competition teams from the Mid-Atlantic area and beyond will compete for $12,500 in cash prizes.  For the past 9 years the BBQ Bash has grown to be one of the largest, most fun, and most anticipated events of the year in Downtown Bel Air. Great food, great music, great people, and the Maryland State Barbecue Championship, have combined to create a tradition that we hope you will want to be a part of this year and in the years ahead.

The BBQ Bash features live music with local and national acts, top quality barbecue and other food vendors, sponsor displays, crafters, various merchant vendors, farmer’s market, and children’s entertainment.  This year, we are pleased to announce that we will once again be bringing Downtown Bel Air to the BBQ Bash with our “Downtown Bel Air at The Bash” tented area featuring a variety of our Downtown Bel Air shops and boutiques.

The BBQ Bash is free for the public and has regularly drawn nearly 30,000 attendees for the two days. The BBQ Bash is one of the most anticipated and exciting community events in Harford County, with a following throughout the Baltimore metropolitan region and beyond. As always, the BBQ Bash is being brought to you by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance. The Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Main Street Maryland organization dedicated to creating a vibrant business community and visitor friendly destination in Downtown Bel Air, MD.

Location and Hours:
This year's BBQ Bash will be held on Friday, August 12 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, August 13 from noon to 10 p.m. in the Mary Risteau (State Office Building) parking lot. The State Office Building parking lot is located in beautiful and historic Downtown Bel Air at 108 S. Bond Street, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.

Parking and Shuttle Bus:
Event shuttle bus parking will be available at John Carroll School and Bel Air High School.

CLICK HERE for a complete Schedule of Events at the 2011 MD State BBQ Bash.