The sixth installment of the annual Hub City Hog Fest will be held from noon-11 p.m. April 6 and 7 at Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg.
Founded in 2013 by brothers Grey and Cal Wicker, the South Carolina BBQ Association-sanctioned barbecue competition and music festival has raised more than $270,000 for Mobile Meals of Spartanburg.
Mobile Meals of Spartanburg is a faith-based nonprofit that serves meals almost daily to about 2,000 frail and homebound citizens in Spartanburg County.
“This year is definitely cranking up to the best yet,” Grey Wicker said. “In addition to having 45 teams again this year from all over North and South Carolina, we are adding an ‘Artisan’s Alley’ full of non-food vendors bringing crafts and art to the table for the first time. In our first five years, we have donated over $270,000 to Mobile Meals of Spartanburg and can’t wait to do more in the sixth year.”
Competition categories include a chicken wing competition on Friday night, and barbecue on Saturday featuring butts, brisket, and ribs.
While supplies last, festival participants will be able to sample chicken wings cooked by competition teams from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, and barbecue and ribs from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday.
The competition teams will be set up along Church Street between Main and St. John streets.
Vendors will be on site selling barbecue throughout the weekend. Participants must purchase Hog Bucks in order to buy food from vendors and competition teams.
Live music from Big Daddy Love featuring Shane Pruitt will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. The Trongone Band will perform on Saturday night.
Admission is free before 5 p.m. on Friday. It will be $5 after 5 p.m. on Friday and all day on Saturday.
Children age 10 and under will be admitted for free all weekend. An entertainment area for kids with carnival rides and bounce houses will open during the event.
“Hub City Hog Fest brings a vibrant energy to our downtown every spring,” said Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Development, in a statement. “Our team members love attending the festival for the camaraderie, the food, and the opportunity to make a difference for an important local nonprofit while enjoying both. We applaud the Hog Fest team for continuing to provide an exceptional downtown festival experience.”
Hub City Hog Fest 2018
When: Noon-11 p.m. on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7
Where: Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg
Why: Proceeds benefit Mobile Meals of Spartanburg
Cost: Free before 5 p.m. on Friday; $5 after 5 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday; Children 10 and under free all weekend.
Competitive eats: Wing competition 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday; barbecue competition noon to 2 p.m. Saturday