A great big BBQ gets bigger as the PA BBQ Fest expands to a two-day event.

Please join David Shefter, owner of the Penn Werner Hotel in downtown Wernersville, as he and his family throw one great big BBQ at the Leesport Farmers Market on July 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and July 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The second day will allow more folks to add this fantastic event to their busy weekend. First, let’s talk about the food.

There will be 12 award winning pit masters offering their specialty smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken wings, ribs, smoked chicken, burgers, turkey legs, and sausage with all their delicious sides. The pit masters David assembled for this event include Fire and Spice BBQ, The Pink Pig, Penn Werner Hotel, Brocmore Smokehouse, The House of Jerk Dread Jamacain Restaurant, Station House Grille, Backwoods Brothers Authentic Texas Cuisine, The Smokehouse Food Truck, The Money Pit BBQ, Hawg Haus Sloppy Second’s, Ziggys Roasters, and Boars Pit BBQ.

Want more? Other foods will be available such as Jambalaya, Cajun Shrimp, Bacon on a stick, smoked jalapeno peppers, ice cream, funnel cakes, Italian ice, kettle and roasted corn. In addition, there will be plenty of food for the kids like mac & cheese, hot dogs, chicken fingers, and more. Along with this array of foods we will also have specialty vendors offering their unique products such as smoked jerky, BBQ sauces, smoked cheeses, mustards, hot sauces, and pickles.

Every vendor will be selling food. There will also be a limited supply of Pit Master Tasting cards for sale each day. Don’t worry, all the other vendors will be giving away samples to entice your purchase.

The Hamburg American Legion will operate a Beer Tent. We will also have several local wineries as well as a distillery on hand offering tastings and selections of bottles for sale.

We will also have live music playing throughout both days. Saturday’s bands include 18-Wheel Gang, Frair’s Point Band, Junior’s Wailing, Sterling Koch and the Freeway Jam plus Executive Session a local Barber Shop Quartet. Sunday’s bands include Chuck Cahoe, Bluz VIP’s, and Octavia Blues Band.

On Sunday the Backyard Cook-Off competitors will turn in Ribs, Chicken Wings, and an “Open Class” plate to the selected judges for a spirited competition.

There will be a selection of activities for the kids to fill their day.

As an added bonus on Saturday, the PA BBQ Fest is held in conjunction with the Leesport Farmers Market’s Mid-Summer Craft Fair which offers a variety of vendors and wares. The Craft Fair and parking remains free, but adults will be charged $3 for admission to the PA BBQ Fest. Children 17 and younger will have free admission to all the day’s activities.

For more information, visit on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PABBQFest/.

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