The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival has a new home and a new food category for its sixth annual installment. The new site is City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs, in the new heart of Downtown Sandy Springs, and the new competition category is chili.

The community-wide event is presented by The Hebrew Order of David International, the Atlanta Jewish Times, and Balloons Over Atlanta. JELF, the Jewish Educational Loan Fund, is the main charitable organization involved with this year’s event. The highlight of the day is the Kosher BBQ Competition, where many teams showcase their Kosher BBQ skills. The competition is judged by a panel of local barbeque experts, but everyone who attends can buy tastings and decide for themselves who makes the best brisket, ribs, chicken and chili.

“We’re really excited about our new City Springs location,” said Jody Pollack, executive director, Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival. “It’s a beautiful location, and we hope it will bring out people who love kosher BBQ and want to check out Sandy Springs’ new downtown. With our teams barbequing all night long before the event, we hope the aromas will waft over all the adjoining neighborhoods and encourage people to follow their noses.”

City Springs

Pollack said adding chili to the competition will enable teams to make bigger batches of chili for more people to taste.

“We anticipate having around 3,000 attendees this year,” he said. “With great food, an exciting new venue and plenty of parking, we have a good recipe for a tasty afternoon – especially if the weather cooperates.”

Beyond the BBQ competition, the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival will have live music all day and a fun Kids Area. Kosher food vendors and other vendors and exhibitors round out the event. To learn more about how to sign up a team and how to become a sponsor or vendor, visit the event website now and check back for updates.

BBQ Guys

Harry Lutz (left), Les Kraitzick, Dan Frankel, Jody Pollack, and David Joss, all representing the Atlanta lodges of the Hebrew Order of David International, inspect The Green at City Springs, site of the 6th Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival, which will be held Oct. 21. HOD, the Atlanta Jewish Times and Balloons Over Atlanta sponsor the Southeast’s largest kosher BBQ event to bring the Jewish and greater Atlanta community together over great food and fun day of music, and to promote awareness of JELF (Jewish Education Loan Fund) and all that it does.

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