Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judges Seminar

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Memphis in May International Festival will host their annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Judging Seminar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee.

This seminar provides the only opportunity for barbecue enthusiasts to receive training and become qualified to judge at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, which will be held May 13-16, 2020 in Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN.

“The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest has been named the most prestigious barbecue competition in the country,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May.  “This seminar teaches patrons to differentiate between great barbecue and Memphis in May World Championship barbecue.”

Topics covered at the barbecue judging seminar include Memphis in May judging process and rules; the official meat categories; the scoring process; and blind, on-site, and final judging. Participants will sample barbecue from a competition barbecue team during simulated judging exercises.

Each year approximately 250 competition teams from across the country and around the world travel to Memphis to compete for the title of World Champion.  Last year, pitmaster Tuffy Stone’s Cool Smoke team from Richmond, VA took home his first World Championship and a share of $120,000 in prize money.

The World Championship Barbecue Judging Seminar is limited to the only 100 registrants. All instruction materials and lunch are provided, along with samples of championship-quality barbecue. Participants are encouraged to register now, as the seminar sells out each year. Registration is $95.00 per person and applications are available at memphisinmay.org/judge-barbecue. Registration closes Monday, October 28, 2019, or when it sells out, whichever comes first.

2020 Memphis in May Festival dates:

Month-long Salute to Ghana: May 1 - 31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1 - 3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13 - 16, 2020
Great American River Run: May 23, 2020

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