The 2016 Taste of Arizona, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America will include a BBQ competition in addition to the over 60 local and nationally recognized food, non-food and alcohol vendors, local bands, kids zone and local celebrity chef demonstrations on December 3, 2016 at Mesa Riverview Park.

Prior to the Taste of Arizona, they will also host a 5K and 10K fun run and competitive race. All proceeds from the events go to support local Phoenix area Boy Scouts of America troops. Racers get free entry to the Taste of Arizona festival.

Tickets are only $7 pre-sale, $10 at the gate. VIP will run you $45. Check out their Eventbrite page for more information and to purchase advance tickets.

Food vendors (restaurants, caterers or BBQ teams) can register prior to November 11th by contacting Steven P. at steven.pomerantz (at)

This should turn out to be a great event, in even better weather with plenty to do and eat with the entire family. See you in December!

  1. i am interested in entering your 2016 Tempe bbq competition. how do i go about this.

    1. Hey Steve, you can contact Steven P. at steven.pomerantz (at) to register. He’s hosting the event and will get you the registration form.

  2. Excellent I’d love to compete at this BBQ competition too. 🙂

  3. Hello, My name is Frankie Peterson, I am the owner of BigCuz’s Catering and I am interested in competing in the BBQ competition. I have BBQ Smoker Grill Trailer.

    Please contact me with information on how to register .

    Thanks you

  4. The BBQ Competition is only $25 now and will be voted by the “People” and some special guests.

  5. I contacted Steve and he let me know it is full. I’ve never competed before. If you hear of anyone that could use a hand, let me know. I’d like to see how it works.

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