As summer inches closer, I get giddy just thinking about spending my weekends enjoying BBQ food, sipping on cold drinks and kicking back with friends. Because let’s be honest- who doesn’t enjoy a good burger and a chilly beverage on a hot summer day?

While many locals start to jet-set the moment temperatures creep above the 80’s, those of us who stay put are in for a few fun summer months ahead. Starting with one event you don’t want to miss: GRILLIN N CHILLIN BBQ FESTIVAL on May 18 + 19. Back for its 7th year, this festival is the ultimate event for the best BBQ, bites and beverages Miami has to offer. The best part? It’s completely FREE to attend…and if you RSVP here you even get a free Rose on Rye specialty cocktail from Knob Creek - a Knob Creek Rye with prickly pear and pomegranate, garnished with smoked sage and chili bitters.

In case you need more convincing, here’s what you can expect at the 2019 Grillin N Chillin event.

  • Knob Creek BBQ + Mixology Bar - Aside from sampling their aromatic Rose on Rye sample specialty cocktail, explore smoky creations such as their Bourbon Brunch cocktail, maple syrup and bourbon-based cocktail garnished with grilled bacon and fried mini waffle! Excite your palate with a BBQ Peach Smash, an invigorating summer refreshment featuring muddled peach, refreshing ginger beer and a splash of lime topped with a bacon-wrapped peach garnish

  • Live Music - Catch our killer lineup! Whiskey Allstars and Tilt take the stage on Saturday, May 18th followed by Marquise Fair and Jay Valor on Sunday, May 19th!

  • The Kitchen Lab & BBQ Rib-Off - South Florida’s premier pitmasters take the stage as they smoke the competition at the Grillin N Chillin BBQ Rib-Off.

  • Hot Dog Eating Contest- Enter to compete in an all-out hot dog eating contest for a special prize. 

  • Mac N Cheese Competition- Chefs and Mac N Cheese connoisseurs will be competing to see who makes the BEST mouthwatering mac and cheese in south Florida.

  • The Pit – our pop-up BBQ-infused sports bar complemented with our live music lounge. 

  • Hot Dog Zone - we love our pups! Bring your furry friends to Grillin N’ Chillin where they can enjoy a playground and treats just for them! 

  • Lost in the Sauce: The biggest sauce bar you’ve ever seen! 

  • Going Green: Grillin N’ Chillin is moving towards Zero waste! We will have recycling, NO straws, and compost onsite! 

  • Family Fun Zone: Bounce houses, maze’s, and entertainers for your little carnivores. 

  • Miami’s Biggest BBQ Selection - BBQ, beer, sides, and dessert are available all day long from variety of different vendors, ranging from Korean BBQ, Memphis, Texas or Kansas City barbecue to the well-known Brazilian Churrasco and Argentine Parrillada.

So bring your appetites, your friends, your family and your furry friends. See you there!