Festival postponed

First-year BBQ and music festival to reschedule due to threat of inclement weather

First-year BBQ and music festival to reschedule due to bad weather

Killen's Barbecue meat tray Snake River Farms brisket
The barbecue and music fest is postponed until May.  Photo by Eric Sandler

The threat of inclement weather has postponed one of this weekend's most eagerly anticipated events. 

The Great Texas BBQ Festival, a new food and music festival created by the team behind Day For Night, will not be held this weekend as scheduled. Instead, it will take place May 19 and 20. Also, organizers have relocated the festival from Sam Houston Park to downtown's Post HTX facility, which is where Day For Night is held.

“We take the safety of our attendees, staff and talent very seriously, and that’s why we have made the difficult decision to postpone our event and reschedule it for a new date and location," organizer Omar Afra said in a statement. "In addition to wanting to put on the safest event possible, it’s also important for us to respect and maintain the beautiful landscape of historic Sam Houston Park and the quality of the fare that our world-class BBQ competitors are producing.” 

The event's premise — a combination of Texas-oriented musical acts and a barbecue competition with a $20,000 prize — seemed certain to capture people's attention. The festival lineup had included Robert Earl Keen, Dawes, The Suffers, and others. Barbecue competitors included a mix of locals like Ronnie Killen and seasoned veterans like Johnny Trigg. 

All tickets for this weekend's event will be honored for the new date. An updated lineup of performers and barbecue competitors will be announced next week.