International Bar-B-Q Festival Announces Cancellation Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The International Bar-B-Q Festival, Inc. Board of Directors announced today that based on an abundance of caution, it will cancel the 2020 International Bar-B-Q Festival.

“We feel it is in the best interest to follow the guidelines put in place by federal and state officials to avoid mass gatherings. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority,” said Allen Payne, 2020 Event Chair. “We extend our sincerest appreciation to our committee, sponsors, vendors, cooking teams, and all other supporters who have worked to make this a signature event. We look forward to working with you in the future.”

The International Bar-B-Q Festival was scheduled to take place on Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9, 2020. There are no plans to postpone or reschedule the event this year.

2016 Festival Voted #3 in the USA/Ten Best BBQ Festivals

The Owensboro International Bar-B-Q Festival was voted #3 Best BBQ Festival 2016 in the USA TODAY 10BEST competition.  An initial group of 20 Festivals were nominated by two BBQ experts and readers chose the 10 best from that list.  Owensboro not only has great bar-b-q; it is a community that supports the celebration each year to recognize our BBQ heritage!

Owensboro #8 out of 11 Best BBQ Cities in America

According to posting by YAHOO!Food on in February 2015, Owensboro is one of 11 best bar-b-q cities in America per Andrew Zimmer/Thrillist and everyone has been invited to our International Bar-B-Q Festival in May for our hickory smoked mutton and burgoo.