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California’s Largest Annual Amateur Tailgate & BBQ Contest is the perfect way to learn how to take your backyard BBQ skills and test them out in a contest that helps raise money for local youth.

Sunday, October 27, 2019 – 10am – 5pm
8910 Troy St. Spring Valley, CA 91977


Some of the top amateur BBQ teams from the Spring Valley Tailgate and BBQ Festival have gone on to compete at the highest level of Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Championship events and have even opened BBQ businesses of their own.

The event also benefits an important cause, San Diego Mentors, a nonprofit organization that provides mentorship for at-risk youth in San Diego.

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To learn more about the event and people involved, check out the Behind the Smoke podcast episodes with Fern’s Semi Famous BBQ, Pork Belly’s BBQ, Yard Pirates BBQ, and WGW Grills to learn more about #SVBBQFest.

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About the Event

Amateur BBQ Teams will be competing in five categories: Tri-Tip, Pork Ribs, Chicken, Carne Asada and Best Decorated Tailgate Team.

8910 Troy St. Spring Valley, Ca 91977

This event is FREE to attend, tokens for food samples are $2.

Parking will be limited, so we recommend taking a Lyft, Uber, or otherwise carpooling and parking in the surrounding neighborhood.

Media Coverage

CW San Diego News Appearance

The CW News 8 KFMB-TV - SVBBQFest - 10/25/18


Fox 5 News Appearance

Spring Valley Tailgate BBQ Festival - FOX 5 KSWB-TV - 10/22/18

Sign Up Forms

Amateur BBQ Team Sign-Up Form

The Spring Valley Tailgate and BBQ Festival is limited to 20 Backyard BBQ Teams. This exciting event will sell out quickly, so sign up today!

Team Sign Up

Food Vendor Sign-Up Form

All food vendors must have a valid Temporary Food Facility Permit from the San Diego County Health Department. Learn more HERE

Food Vendor Sign Up Form

Volunteer Sign Up Form

We need volunteers who want to help with setting up, running and breaking down this amazing community event.

Volunteer Sign Up

Non Food Vender Sign Up Form

Calling all Crafters and Non Food Vendors!

Non-Food Vendor Form

Sponsorships Available

Thousands of people attend the Spring Valley Tailgate and BBQ Festival every year, the largest amateur barbecue and grilling contest on the West Coast.

We can’t put on this amazing event without the support of local sponsors. Find out more about getting involved today!

Get Involved