Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival Executive Director Jody Pollack led a group of his Hebrew Order of David brothers and their wives on a tour of the Atlanta History Center’s Barbecue Nation exhibit on February 24 to answer that and other questions important to the HOD managers of the (ever expanding) Atlanta Kosher Barbecue Festival which will be celebrating its 7th year on Sunday, September 8 at City Springs in Sandy Springs.


While the noun or verb question might not have been answered, the group saw a masterfully done display of barbecue history and art, including the Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival’s 2017 Grand Champion trophy standing alongside Chris Lilly’s Memphis in May barbecue festival trophy. The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival’s trophy is included in the BBQ Nation exhibition to highlight how the Atlanta Jewish Community has found a way to embrace and enjoy southern BBQ.


Afterward many of the Hebrew Order of David group enjoyed the newly restored “Atlanta Cyclorama:  The Big Picture (of 1886)” with its  famous foreground diorama with the 1930s WPA-era plaster of Paris figures  of troupers and their accoutrements (including Clark Gable, but that’s another story).

The Cyclorama depicts the artists’ view of the Battle of Atlanta at 4:30 in the afternoon of July 22, 1864, along with a brief explanatory video. The artwork and relics of the war, along with the newly restored locomotive, the Texas (of the “Great Locomotive Chase” of 1862) were moved from Atlanta’s Grant Park to the History Center’s Buckhead Campus in 2017.

The HOD group agreed that the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead was worth its Sunday outing and invite all to visit the History Center and join us for the 7th Annual Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival to be held once again at City Springs in Sandy Springs on Sunday September 8th from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. Admission is free. Please check out our website –

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