Welcome to Jug Tavern Festival


Welcome to the Jug Tavern Festival & BBQ Cook-Off website!

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The Jug Tavern Festival kicks-off Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 with a carnival and runs through Sunday, September 14th. Carnival times may vary day to day. Wristbands and individual tickets are available.

The BBQ Cook-Off will take place Friday, September 12th – Saturday, September 13th. For more information on the KCBS sanctioned cook-off, click the “BBQ Cook-Off” tab.

Other events during the festival include the Winder Fire Department 5K, Dixie Cruisers Car Show and live entertainment performances throughout the weekend by the Swingin’ Medallions, Bill Gentry, The Daniel Lee Band, Joe Hall Band, Samantha Stroh and others!

Admission to the cook-off and entertainment is free to the public!

Whether you’re coming for the food, arts & crafts, the entertainment and carnival, to cheer-on your favorite BBQ cook team or all the above, we’re glad to have you, and WELCOME TO WINDER, GEORGIA!

About Jug Tavern Festival

Winder has a long and rich history. It was a place for early settlement, being first occupied hundreds of years ago by Creek Indians who called it Snodon. When white settlers established homes and farms near the village in 1793, the town was renamed to The Jug. Ten years later it became Jug Tavern. The town was renamed again in 1893 as the City of Winder in recognition of the General Manager of the Seaboard Railway, John H. Winder. Jug Tavern Festival is in its 5th year (2014).  However, it was previously known to the people of Winder as Chautauqua Festival for the previous 15 years.

Featured Food Vendors

  • Friend’s Winder Grill
  • Jo Jo’s Gourmet Lemonade
  • Sunshine Concessions
  • Philly Attraction
  • Ted’s Street Foods
  • C & G Concessions
  • Stan & Lela Giddens
  • Rita’s Italian Ice & Kevin’s Kettle Corn
  • Tiki Island Concessions
  • Happy Times, LLC
  • Just Smoke “N” Around
  • Pot’s BBQ
  • E.T.’s BBQ
  • Bayou Billy Tea Stand
  • Mickey’s Tea & Concessions
  • Cool Treats
  • European Delight
  • American Crepe
  • Southland Concessions
  • Georgia Smoke BBQ
  • Dancing Bear Ice Cream
  • Kona Ice Stone Mountain
  • Papa John’s Pizza

Featured BBQ Competitors

  • Georgia Smoke BBQ
  • Just Smoke “N” Around
  • Smokin The Blues Away
  • Deep South BBQ
  • 4k’s BBQ
  • Bareknuckles BBQ
  • Pot’s BBQ
  • Killer B’s BBQ
  • E.T.’s BBQ
  • Swine & Shine
  • SwampCat BBQ
  • Moyers Competition BBQ Team
  • County Line Que
  • Hootie Q
  • Stoked & Smoked Competition BBQ Georgia
  • The Fat Redneck BBQ Company
  • Qmeisters
  • Smokin’ Suwanee Sweetmeats
  • Shade Tree BBQ
  • Black Tie BBQ
  • Diggin’ Que
  • Heavenly Hawgs
  • Rollin’ Smoke Competition Que

  • Lowe-N-Joe BBQ
  • Georgia Boys
  • Chattahoochee Que
  • Cabin Creek BBQ Company
  • Piginorpigout Cooking Team
  • Wicked Que
  • HawgPound Smokers
  • Jacks Old South
  • Tear-A-Byte BBQ
  • Uncle Chet’s BBQ
  • Speed Power Pork
  • Big B’s Smoke Shack
  • Meatheads BBQ
  • Old Plantation BBQ – 2013 Jug Tavern Festival BBQ Champion
  • Georgia Jo’s Smokin BBQ
  • Tuff Dawg Grillers
  • Dawg On “Gud” BBQ
  • Grunts 11 BBQ
  • Que’n Stew’n & Brew’n
  • Waylon’s Wickedly Good Cue
  • Choo Choo Train

Craft Vendors

  • Sweet Tea’s Soaps & Stuff
  • Mom & Me Hand Stamped, Letters by Linda
  • Momma Arnold’s Mixes
  • Jen’s Bowtique and Bags
  • Wood Craft Toys
  • Papaw’s Wood Art
  • That Soap Place
  • Thirty-One
  • Georgia Gift & Gourmet
  • Faith Essentials
  • Title First
  • Regarding Books
  • DJ Create
  • Southern Bale Linen Co
  • Author Carole Townsend
  • Jute Sculptures
  • God Squad Youth

  • Peace Place
  • Gemini Treats
  • Bruce’s Eye View
  • Donna Gilbert, South Hill Design
  • Wilderness Rustic Coolers
  • Jodi’s Accessories
  • Paparazzi Jewelry
  • Origami Owl
  • Jamberry
  • Sugar Rush Marshmallow Launchers
  • Blown Glass by Winston
  • Say it on a Shell
  • Survivor Firestarters
  • Wooden Heritage
  • Winder Public Library
  • Johanna Nunez Ecuadorian Art
  • Hue Graphics
  • Real Time Pain Relief

Events

  • BBQ Competition
  • Car and Tractor Show
  • Winder Fire 5K
  • Bull Rides
  • Musical Entertainment
  • People’s Choice BBQ Competition
  • Carnival Rides
  • KidsFest Area
  • Fireworks

Entertainment