Pigs and Peaches in Kennesaw!

Kennesaw, GA FestivalIn the South there’s really nothing like barbecue in the summertime—or any time of the year for that matter! And right now we’re also deep in the midst of the delicious yellow peach season. Coincidentally, barbecue and peaches pair perfectly—a fact you may not have realized yet. But after this weekend’s Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival you surely will!

The city of Kennesaw’s scrumptious annual festival kicks off Friday, August 20 and continues all day Saturday, celebrating the best of both foods just miles from Windsong’s Active Adult communities. With a Kansas City Barbeque Society professional contest for BBQ masters, a peach dessert showdown and other non-sanctioned competitions over the two days, the smells alone will probably make whole families weak in the knees.

The contest winners will get thousands of dollars in prizes, and at the free festival there is plenty of food to taste, along with live music. Active adults and kids of all ages can find something to get into, with a large Kid Zone area along with unique, creative vendor booths to shop.

What could be better than a plate of smoke-cooked barbecue along with a performance by the Folsom Prison Gang, a Johnny Cash tribute band? There are three stages: one dedicated to blues, another for all acoustic music including stints by Americana/folk singer Martha Ann Brooks and folk guitarist Mike Thomas, and a third main stage where Friday will see A1A, the official Jimmy Buffet tribute show, and on Saturday the BBQ contest awards.

There’s no wrong way to do Pigs & Peaches. Browse the Adams Park festival grounds and grab bites and souvenirs along the way, or reserve a front row, 6-person table at one of the stages for $40 per night. It’s sure to be the tastiest weekend of your hot, Southern summer!

At Adams Park and the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, Friday 5pm-11pm and Saturday 10am-10pm. Free. www.pigsandpeaches.com.

-Kathryn Romeyn

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