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Colorado BBQ Challenge

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BBQ vendor serving food at the BBQ Challenge

Colorado BBQ Challenge Cancelled Until 2021

Due to current public health orders and conditions, the Town of Frisco has made the decision to cancel the 2020 Colorado BBQ Challenge, which in April had been postponed from June 19-20 to September 25-26, 2020. If budgetary and public health orders align, the Colorado BBQ Challenge will be back in 2021 on June 18 and 19.  We will be delaying opening the vendor and competitor registration for the 27th Colorado BBQ Challenge  from January until March.  Please check back here for further details once we know more.

About the Colorado BBQ Challenge

The Colorado BBQ Challenge will serve up great food and beverage to 15,000+ 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.

Types of Vendors

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 (above) then please apply to be a vendor.

Information on competing in the BBQ Challenge including competitor registration, category descriptions and fees is available now.

Important Information for Vendors

The BBQ Challenge is 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 Summit County Health Department updated their fee structure and application in 2017 and their updated information may be found on their website.
  • Vendors and BBQ competitors will be able to apply online only for the Colorado BBQ Challenge. There will be no email or phone application submissions available.

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