Sun BBQ Fest in Connecticut 2023 Guide

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Sun BBQ Fest is coming up so prepare yourself for a weekend in BBQ heaven. This is the 10th year for the fest. It will provide you with delicious food, ice cold beer, hand crafted cocktails, celebrities, fun competitions and great music. This will be happening on Saturday, June 17, 2023, from 11 am to 10 pm and Sunday, June 18, 2023, from 11 am to 5 pm at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.


On Saturday, party to the music of

  • Kameron Marlowe – A country star with hits “Giving You Up,” “Steady Heart” and “Girl On Fire.”
  • HunterGirl – Country singer from Tennessee and 2022 American Idol runner up
  • Red Light – Voted Best Band 2022 – New London Day Reader Choice Awards


Chefs at the Chef Demonstration Stage will be sharing exclusive BBQ tips. They will include

  • Chef Plum of “Seasoned,” “The Food Network,” ABC’s “The Taste” and “Restaurant Road Trip”
  • Chef Chad Rosenthal of “Food Network Star,” “Chopped Grill Masters,” “Beat Bobby Flay” (he did!) and “Good Morning America”
  • Bear’s Smokehouse
  • Maddie & Kiki named one of the Top 10 Grill Experts of North America by Forbes Magazine
  • Chef Matt Groark of Gordon Ramsay’s “Next Level Chef!,” Season 2
  • Chef Tom Carman is an award winning grillmaster from Omaha.
  • Chester’s Barbecue

Fest Events

  • Bobby Labonte Meet & Greet – Coca Cola Racing Family Legend and NASCAR Hall of Famer will be at the fest on Saturday, from 1 pm to 3 pm.
  • Cornhole Tournament – Wicked Cornhole will host a pro-standard Cornhole Tournament on both days. Each winning team will receive $250 in cash, one night free hotel stay and 2 tickets to a show in the Arena.
  • Axe Throwing – Big Dog’s Mobile Axe Throwing will have sessions available for ages 12 and up.
  • iRacing Simulators – Get behind the wheel of a car outfitted with iRacing technology and drive the NASCAR racing tracks.
  • Rib Challenge – For $5, you can try any five ribs and vote for your favorite.
  • Wing Challenge – For $5, you can try any five wings and vote for your favorite.
  • Omaha Steaks Raffle – All ticketholders will automatically be entered into a drawing. The prize is the RT-B380 Bullseye Wood Pellet Grill (a $500 value) and a Choice Certificate from Omaha Steaks with a retail value of over $600.
  • Competition winners will be announced at 4 pm on Sunday and the fest will give out over $26,000 in prize money.

You can purchase tickets to the Q BBQ Fest here.

Uncasville, Connecticut, is within 23 miles of New London, Waterford, Norwich and Old Saybrook. Uncasville is 84 miles from Boston and 110 miles from New York City.

Mohegan Sun Hotel

Thinking about staying at the Mohegan Sun Hotel during the festival?  The 4.5-star luxury resort would not only make a wonderful vacation or trip, but it would also make visiting the BBQ festival incredibly convenient.  And you can book the hotel at a great rate here.