The 2018 Foley BBQ & Blues Cookoff will be held Saturday, March 17, in downtown Foley’s Heritage Park.

What started as a simple fundraiser in 2009 has grown into one of the biggest fundraising events for the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation that has grown so much in popularity that it has been named an Alabama Barbecue Association Trail event.

The BBQ

The cookoff draws professional and amateur teams to compete for trophies, prizes and bragging rights in several categories: chicken, anything butt, ribs, just butts, sauce and people’s choice.

Festivalgoers enjoy great food, popular blues bands, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, and a raffle. All proceeds benefit the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation and area schools. The event is annually on the third Saturday in March.

The Blues

Entertainment from noon to 4 p.m. will be provided by Ric McNaughton Music, Cat Daddy, the Defrosters and Spearman Brewers. Entertainment is sponsored by Blues Society of Northwest Florida.

The Hours

Gates open at 10 a.m., student/teacher grants are awarded at 10:30 a.m., samples begin at 11 a.m., entertainment begins at noon, and awards will be presented at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call (251) 943-5590.

The Reason For The Event

Since 2003, the South Baldwin Chamber Foundation has made an impact on the communities of Foley, Lillian, Elberta, Magnolia Springs, Bon Secour and Summerdale, with the primary benefactors being the students of Foley High School and its feeder schools.

The Foundation’s mission is to enhance lives through programs and partnerships that enrich education, develop leadership, and better our community, with the goal being for all South Baldwin students to graduate and succeed.

Contributions to the Foundation help provide students support through Project ACEd (Aligning Civic Engagement with Education); student teacher grants; and individual initiatives that impact our community that occur on an as needed basis such as the school uniform needs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and snacks for students. 

Contributions to the Chamber Foundation help promote a sense of community, develop a skilled workforce, and provide the type of student support needed for leadership development, as well as dropout prevention. Students in our schools today are the workforce of tomorrow and the future leaders of our community.

Meyer Vacation Rentals is proud to sponsor this event.

When visiting the area to attend this or other festivals, bring the family and stay in a beach house in Gulf Shores.