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Colorado BBQ Challenge

How to Become a Vendor


The Colorado BBQ Challenge will serve up great food and beverage to 30,000+ 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.

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 then please click on the button below to apply to be a vendor.

Please click here if your are looking for information on competing in the BBQ Challenge including competitor registration, category descriptions and fees.

On Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9:00am, all four categories of participants will have a chance to apply to participate in the 2017 Colorado BBQ Challenge being held on June 16 and 17, 2017. Participants will be able to apply online only. There will be no email or phone application submissions available. The link for online applications will go live on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 9:00am.

We have a new registration system this year that we are very excited about. To get registered competitors will need to create an account before they can sign up. Once an account is created, it is super simple to get registered! Please get ahead of the game and create an account, also known as a “household,” before January 2nd. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to create a household. Once you have that ready to go and it is after January 2nd at 9:00am, click the red button below. This will take you to an online registration page. Click on the BBQ Challenge graphic button to register.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VENDORS- For 10+ years, the BBQ Challenge has been 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 Health Department is looking at the new fee structure for this year and we expect the new application to be on their website by February 1st.

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