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Colorado BBQ Challenge

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BBQ vendor serving food at the BBQ Challenge

2021 Colorado BBQ Challenge – Canceled

Due to ongoing public health orders and conditions, the Town of Frisco has made the decision to cancel the 2021 Colorado BBQ Challenge, originally scheduled for June 17-19. After postponing and then canceling the event in 2020 due the pandemic, the Town of Frisco had hoped that this event could be held in 2021 to honor what is now a 28-year-old tradition. Current public health orders allow for outdoor events with a maximum of 175 participants, and the next phase of public health orders moves that maximum attendance to 250 attendees. While case data is improving and vaccination rates are rising, it has become clear that there is no realistic way to drastically reduce BBQ event attendance in order to respect and protect the public’s health during this popular event, which typically draws 12,000-14,000 attendees over two days.

About the Colorado BBQ Challenge

The Colorado BBQ Challenge will serve up great food and beverage to 15,000+ visitors over 2 days. This means there will of course be lots of great BBQ for sale, but no one can live off of meat alone so the Challenge welcomes a variety of vendors who serve up everything from ice cream to cheese covered fries to fruit kabobs to corn on the cob.

Types of Vendors

There are four types of participants at the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco:

  1. BBQers who are competing but NOT selling
  2. BBQ vendors who are selling and competing in the competition
  3. BBQ vendors who are selling but NOT competing
  4. Food vendors who are selling products other than BBQ and are NOT competing

If you fit into category #3 or #4 (above) then please apply to be a vendor.

Information on competing in the BBQ Challenge including competitor registration, category descriptions and fees is available now.

Important Information for Vendors

The BBQ Challenge is a non-cash event. BBQ tickets are called Hogbacks. Hogback sales have been a significant fund-raiser for local non-profits. From each $1.00 ticket sold, the Colorado BBQ Challenge receives $0.15 and vendors receive $0.85. Hogbacks are the only type of payment vendors may accept.

  • Vendor ‘s will receive a check for 85% of the proceeds minus applicable sales taxes within 2 weeks of the BBQ Challenge. Vendors will need to provide a Colorado sales tax ID and Frisco will retain  state sales tax and remit it on your behalf.
  • The Summit County Health Department updated their fee structure and application in 2017 and their updated information may be found on their website.
  • Vendors and BBQ competitors will be able to apply online only for the Colorado BBQ Challenge. There will be no email or phone application submissions available.

If you have any questions, please contact Nora Gilbertson, Frisco Events Manager, at 970-668-9132 or at NoraG@townoffrisco.com.