Pigs for the Kids will bring mouth-watering barbecue competition, music, ice-cold beer and more to Craig Ranch Regional Park—all in the name of supporting childhood cancer charities.
The second-annual Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off and Festival will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation, Cure 4 The Kids Foundation and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Like no other barbecue competition in Las Vegas, Pigs for the Kids will offer everyone—”from backyard grill masters to professional chefs and restaurateurs—a chance to show their barbecue brilliance in a variety of categories. Teams will compete to take home the inaugural Pigs for the Kids Barbecue Cook-Off trophy; prizes will be offered in five categories: ribs, pork shoulder, sauce, beans and the anything-goes “Hog Wild” category.
All styles of barbecue are sure to be represented and attendees can purchase a VIPig Pass, allowing them to sample all the regional variations of great, all-American barbecue in the competition. VIPig Pass holders also have access to an open bar and samples from Grape Street Café Wine Bar & Cellar, Therapy, Dom DeMarcos, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Blue Martini and others.
Inspired by founder Todd Radwanski’s daughter, Adilyn, who was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer at 8 months old, Pigs for the Kids was envisioned as a fun-filled community event to support organizations such as those that helped the Radwanski family during Adilyn’s illness. Now a vivacious, athletic 12-year-old girl, Adilyn served as ambassador for the Candlelighters’ 5K, serves as a peer mentor at her school and continues to serve as inspiration for everyone around her. It was Adilyn who suggested “Pigs for the Kids” as the name for this event and is delighted to be part of something helping other kids affected by cancer.
In addition, Pigs for the Kids’ 31 competing barbecue teams will be judged by 32 judges, including 11 Kansas City Barbecue Society-certified judges and 12 celebrity judges, including performer Earl Turner, Chef Vic Vegas, Chef Brian Howard and local food critic Al Mancini.
Pigs for the Kids is grateful to the variety of community sponsors making this year’s event possible, including Beasley Media Group.
- Saturday, Sept. 17
- Noon 9 p.m.
The schedule of events and band performances are as follows:
- Noon Gates open
- 12:30 p.m. The Bounty Hunters perform
- Noon – 3 p.m. Barbecue competition judging
- 2 p.m. Celtic Crown performs
- 3 p.m. BBQ judging wraps
- 3:30 p.m. Hashtag performs
- 5:30 p.m. Sierra Black performs
- 6:15 p.m. Barbecue awards presentation
- 7 p.m. Fang and the Gang performs
- 9 p.m. Event wraps
Craig Ranch Regional Park
628 W. Craig Road
North Las Vegas, NV 89032