Who’s Participating?

Prepared for the biggest and best year yet! This year’s event will feature 13 Gastown restaurant competing in the most exciting BBQ cook off any street festival has ever seen. Participating restaurants include: Gringo, Chill Winston, Railtown Café, Calabash, Hasting’s Warehouse, TUC Craft Kitchen, Deacon’s Corner, The Charles Bar, The Irish Heather, Lamplighter Pub, The Blarney Stone, Stateside Craft, and Peckinpah.

What’s Cooking? 

Each restaurant will prepare a BBQ dish (either chicken wings, pork ribs or beef brisket), chili recipe of their choice, and two sides­ (coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and cornbread). This year’s menu will also feature at least one vegetarian chili recipe. 

BBQ and chili samples will be offered on both days by all vendors through taster tokens, available for purchase at the event. Prices are 4 tokens for $10 and 9 tokens for $20.

BBQ Lineup

Chicken Wings: Lamplighter Pub, Hastings Warehouse, Deacon’s Corner, Peckinpah

Pork Ribs: TUC Craft Kitchen, The Charles Bar, The Blarney Stone, Calabash

Beef Brisket Gringo, The Irish Heather, Chill Winston, Railtown Café

Grand Finale Whole Hog Pig Roast

Don’t forget about the grand finale pig roast on Sunday! Five whole pigs will be smoked, roasted and served up as a sandwich at $10 each, or pulled pork plate with one side dish for $12 each. Samples for the pig roast will be available on Sunday evening at 5pm.

Event Schedule


The two-day festival is jam packed with exciting activities including wing eating contests, street performers, headlining musical acts, and celebrity appearances. The festivities will take place on the 200 block of Carrall Street, between Water Street (Gassy Jack statue of Maple Tree Square) and Cordova Street (passing by the entrance to Blood Alley). Visitors will find a larger festival site, more vendors, and an expanded licensed area. The entire street will be closed to vehicular traffic and lined with food vendors, BBQs, picnic tables, a beer tent and large musical stage hosting live performances all weekend long.


12:00pm – 5:00pm

Food Stations Open/Close

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Public Tasting & Voting

1:00pm – 7:00pm 

Live Music by The Sheets & The Deep End


Franks Red Hot Sauce Wing Eating Competition



12:00pm – 5:00pm

Food Stations Open/Close

12:00pm – 5:00pm

Public Tasting & Voting

1:00pm – 7:30pm

Live Music


Franks Red Hot Sauce Wing Eating Competition

4:00pm – 5:00pm

Celebrity Judges – Presentations & Judging


Smoke off tasting and judging


Bend Sinister Live


Awards Presentations


Bend Sinister Live at the Blarney Stone

Wing Eating Competition

Wing-slingers can put their skills to the test at the festival’s wing eating competition. On Saturday and Sunday at 3pm, winger eaters will compete for some great prizes on the street stage. Come out and practice your wing eating technique or just ‘wing it’! Space is limited, so be sure to sign up when you arrive at the ticket booths! Visit here for contest rules.

Celebrity Appearances

Get ready to see some familiar faces! Local celebrities including sports stars, famous chefs and TV personalities, will all take part in the festivities. This year’s list includes: NHL hockey player, Jason Garrison; celebrity host, Joe Leary, Canadian Olympian, Georgia Simmerling, Chef Quang, NFL football player, Angus Reid; and Casey Jo Loos of 102.7 The Peak.

Free Admission

The Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival welcomes all-ages and is free to attend. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be in support of Athletics for Kids, a non-profit that provides financial aid to help children throughout the province participate in organized sports. Come bring the entire family, try some amazing BBQ offerings and help support this great cause! Visit www.gastownbbq.com for more information.

Related posts:

Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest – Meet The Participants Pt 1

Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest – Meet The Participants Pt 2