Welcome to Jug Tavern Festival

Welcome to the new Jug Tavern Festival website! Accessible
on all computers, smart phones and tablets.

Feel free to keep checking back for lists of BBQ competitors, entertainment,

the Winder Fire 5k, car show information and much more.

Jug Tavern Festival & BBQ Cook-off will be Friday and Saturday, September 12th

and 13th this year. Winder will also host Jug Tavern Carnival

September 8th through the 14th.
See you there!

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 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

Featured BBQ Competitors

  • Georgia Smoke BBQ
  • Just Smoke “N” Around
  • Smokin The Blues Away
  • Deep South BBQ
  • 4k’s BBQ
  • Bareknuckles BBQ
  • The Smoke House Bandits
  • 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
  • Lowe & Slow
  • Georgia Boys
  • Chattahoochee Que
  • Cabin Creek BBQ Company
  • Piginorpigout Cooking Team
  • Wicked Que
  • HawgPound Smokers
  • Jacks Old South



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

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
  • Peace Place
  • Gemini Treats
  • Bruce’s Eye View