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The Bash features BBQ competitions with ranked teams vying for cash prizes.

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Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash Features Pitmasters And Bands

The Annual Event Is 'A Finger Licking' & Hot Pickin' Good Time' And A Premier Philanthropic Fundraiser

The Suncoast BBQ & Bluegrass Bash celebrates its eleventh anniversary Thursday March 26th through Saturday, March 28th at the Venice Airport Festival Grounds, featuring top national Bluegrass bands and competitive BBQ teams from around the nation. The premier fundraising event of the year for the Suncoast Foundation for Handicapped Children, the Bash attracts thousands to sample the award-winning food and music. Famous BBQ pitmasters like the History Channel’s Myron Mixon attend the event, and this year’s musical acts include Swinging Bridge, Russell Moore & IIIRD Tyme Out, The Grascals, and the Lonesome River Band. The Suncoast Foundation was organized by Don Fisher and others in 1985 to help support local nonprofits that provide services for people with disabilities. “Even with all their challenges, these kids are unbelievably happy,” the affable Don explains. “The Bash is great food, great music, and all for a great cause. People told me it would not attract a crowd in our area, but we have been running at full capacity.” Thousands will attend the three-day event. Money raised will go to providing facilities to nonprofits including the Special Olympics, Children First, The Florida Center For Early Childhood, Challenger Baseball, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Loveland Center. Free admission, free parking. 941.809.5232.

  • The Clydesdales arrive at the Bash.
  • The Bash features BBQ competitions with ranked teams vying for cash prizes.
  • Big Papa's Country Kitchen took home the Kid's Burger Cook-Off 'Tastiest Burger' prize last year.
  • The Bash's cash prizes attract top BBQ teams to Venice.
  • The Bash brings in top Bluegrass bands. This year's headliners include The Grascals and the Lonesome River Band.
  • Thousands attend the annual event.
  • The Suncoast Foundation's Don Fisher.