Welcome to the 3rd Annual Colonial BBQ Competition!

Saturday, June 9th, 2018
12:00 – 5:00
In Historic New Castle at Battery Park

Separation Day Kickoff Party
Friday, June 8, 2018 (6-10pm)

Enjoy live music, craft beer and food trucks in a block-party setting in front of the historic New Castle Court House (built 1732). Admission is free (Friday only). Food and drink will be available for purchase with tips benefiting area volunteer fire departments.

Saturday, June 9, 2018
(Noon start)

Gates open at noon (immediately after Separation Day Parade) so come on in for great live music, arts & crafts, vendors, kids rides and attractions. BBQ and chicken wings will be for sale! In addition, New Castle-based nonprofits will be offering a wide variety of food and drink items (hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage and peppers, funnel cake and more!). The proceeds will benefit their organizations.

Admission donation from noon-6:00pm: $10; free for ages 4 and under. There is no admission charge after 6pm.

With admission donation, adults 21 and older (proof of ID required) will receive a drink ticket entitling them to one alcoholic beverage (a 16oz beer, a glass of wine, or a specialty cocktail) or two bottles of water. Those under 21 will receive a drink ticket entitling them to two bottles of water.

Rides & Attractions: All those under age 21 will receive a wristband with their $10 admission fee that provides them unlimited access to the rides and games (rides end at 6pm) as well as the live music on the Separation Day stage.

Live bands will be performing noon to 9:30pm. The festival culminates with a spectacular fireworks display over the Delaware River beginning approximately 9:30pm.

The teams competing in the BBQ competition love to talk about what they do, so please do not be shy! Teams will start cooking late Friday night and begin turning in their finished entries to the trained, certified judges of the Kansas City BBQ Society beginning at at noon on Saturday. Their final submissions must be turned in at 1:30pm.

Want to taste competition BBQ? Several teams will compete in a People’s Choice Competition! Purchase 5 wings for $5 and vote for the wing you like best! The winning team wins a cash prize.

Interested in being a judge someday? Contact KCBS at www.kcbs.us and find a nearby training class.

Thank you! Your donation helps underwrite the thousands of dollars it takes to organize this event, which is run by volunteers. Any revenue more than expenses benefits the City of New Castle and New Castle Charities to assist local homeowners and make improvements to Battery Park.

For a complete list of Separation Day Activities click here.


New Castle Charities is an IRS recognized non-profit. Click here for the IRS Letter of Determination, affirming this non-profit status.

Activities Schedule

To see the activities schedule, click here.


About Historic New Castle

Step back in time and experience the charm and beauty of colonial New Castle. Walk the cobblestone streets and enjoy the historic sites of this riverfront City. Unlike many historic communities, New Castle is a residential town where people live and work. Each house reflects the individuality of its past and present owners. Because New Castle has been named a National Landmark Historic Area, all renovations and restorations are carefully supervised. This small, picturesque City allows vacationers, as well as business travelers, a refreshing respite from the pressures of daily life. To learn more about our community, please visit newcastlecity.delaware.gov


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For Competition Teams

Click Here to download Delaware Division of Public Health Food Permit

Click Here to download Delaware Division of Public Health Temporary Food Instructions


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How Can I Participate?

To Participate in the Colonial BBQ Competition, please download and complete the following applications:

Backyard Competitors Application
Competitors Application

Vendors, please download and complete the following application:

General Vendor Application
Food Vendor Application

Contact: Sandy Fulton – (410) 726-1881