With a tweet by Pizzitola's general manager Tim Taylor, the long rumored Houston Barbecue Festival finally has a date, time and location. The event, organized by local barbecue blogger J.C. Reid and a team of volunteers, will take place Sunday March 24 at the Bayou City Event Center. Looking at the roster of participants, it's the first event in Houston ever to bring together so many leading lights of the city's growing barbecue scene.
In addition to brick and mortar barbecue restaurants such as Pizzitola's and Gatlin's, the organizers have also enlisted suburban food trucks Corkscrew BBQ and Brooks' Place BBQ. They've even moved beyond Texas-style barbecue by including Gerardo's Drive-In, the convenience store and meat market with the weekend barbacoa special that's among Houston's 20 most iconic dishes.
Tickets, which are $40 for General Admission for $80 for VIP are already on sale. Reid declined comment but promised a press release with more details later this week. In the meantime, barbecue fans officially have permission to start freaking out. It's exciting news.
Update: This post has more details about the event and quotes from Reid and co-organizer Michael Fulmer about how they developed the idea for the festival.
· Houston Barbecue Festival [Official Page]
· Houston Barbecue Festival Tickets [Showclix]
· Bayou City Event Center [Official Site]
· Pizzitola's Barbecue [Twitter]
· Houston's 20 Most Iconic Dishes [-EHOU-]
· First Houston Barbecue Festival is Coming [29-95]