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January 13–14, 2017 - CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO, 3755 US-17 SANFORD, FL 32771

SONNY’S SMOKIN’ SHOWDOWN INVITATIONAL IS AN EPIC BBQ BATTLE BETWEEN THE NATION’S TOP PITMASTERS. THINK YOU CAN HANG WITH THE BIG BOYS? DON’T MISS ONE OF BBQ’S MOST TALKED ABOUT COMPETITIONS.

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    Friday, January 29, 2016

  • 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM COOK TEAM SETUP *Registered Teams Only
  • 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM MEAT INSPECTIONS *Registered Teams Only
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM COOK TEAM MEETING (MANDATORY) MYSTERY MEAT/RULES DISTRIBUTION *Registered Teams Only
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM WELCOME DINNER - HOSTED BY SONNY'S BBQ *Registered Teams Only

    Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • 8:00 AM – 8:20 AM JUDGES CHECK-IN
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM JUDGES MEETING (MANDATORY)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM TEAM MEAT TURN IN - CHICKEN
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM TEAM MEAT TURN IN - PORK RIBS
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM TEAM MEAT TURN IN - PORK
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM TEAM MEAT TURN IN - BRISKET
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM TEAM MEAT TURN IN - MYSTERY MEAT
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM AWARDS CEREMONY - MAIN STAGE
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  • Q: Should I bring my family? A: Absolutely. Central Florida is filled with all kinds of things to do. At the Sonny’s Showdown’, besides going to the Zoo, we will have a kids area with fun and games and the Zoo educational area.
  • Q: What are some of the Festival Activities? A: Kid's area, special demonstrations, vendor area, rib eating contest for adults, donut eating contest for children, and live music, and more!
  • Q: How do I get to the Sonny's Showdown Invitational? A: The address is:
    Central Florida Zoo, 3755
    Hwy 17-92 (Exit 104 off I-4)
    Sanford, FL 32771.

    Orlando
    On I-4, travel east to Exit 104 (Highway 17-92). Take a left off of exit ramp onto 17-92. The Zoo is 1/8 mile on the right on Highway 17-92. On the Central Florida Greenway (417), travel north until it ends in Sanford at I-4. Head east on I-4 to Exit 104 (Highway 17-92). Take a left off the exit ramp onto 17-92. The Zoo is 1/8 mile on the right on Highway 17-92.

    Volusia County
    On I-4, travel west to Exit 104. Exit right off the ramp onto Highway 17-92. The Zoo is 1/4 mile on the right. On Highway 17-92, travel south through Volusia County toward Sanford. The Zoo is on the right side, just past the St. Johns River bridge.

    Brevard County
    Take Interstate 95 to State Road 46, Exit 81 (Sanford/Mims). Travel west to Sanford. Turn right on Highway 17-92 and follow through Sanford and around the lake front. The Zoo is two miles past the hospital on the left.

    Lake County
    Take Highway 441 south to State Road 46. Go east on 46 to Interstate 4. Take I-4 east one exit. Exit at #104. Follow the signs to the Zoo.
  • Q: Parking: Where & How much? A: Parking will be $10. Please see map for parking areas. There is special parking for VIP and Handicap.
  • Q: Zoo Info & Hours? A: The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, January 30th.
  • Q: How can I volunteer? A: For more information on how to become a volunteer, please visit: http://bit.ly/1Hd01cX
  • Q: Zoo Info and Hours: A: The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens will be open from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 29th.
  • Q: What not to bring: A: Coolers, Blankets, Beach Umbrellas, Camelbaks, Tents, Flags, Outside Food & Beverages, Pets,Tailgating in Parking Lots, Instruments, Drugs & Paraphernalia, Knives, Weapons, Fireworks, Explosives, Selfie Sticks.
  • Q: What can I bring? A: Chairs, Backpacks (medium), Purses, Hats, Sun Block, Lighters, Cell Phones, Sunglasses, Cigarettes, Small Beach Towels, Fanny Packs, Cameras (Non-Pro), Empty Drink Bottles, Personal Umbrellas.
  • Q: Food Vendors and Explanation: A: Sonny's BBQ and Operation BBQ Relief will be on-site Saturday, January 30th serving slow-smoked BBQ from 11am-9pm. We will also have a snack vendor; cotton candy, pretzels, popcorn.
  • Q: Where should we stay? A: SpringHill Suites Orlando North/Sanford
    Group Rate $119.00 per night
    Start date: 1/27/16

    End date: 1/31/16

    Last day to book: 1/11/16
    Link to Book: http://bit.ly/1NoKqYv

    Nearby restaurants: Outback, Joes, Crab shack, Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Hooters, Cracker Barrel, Millers Ale House, Don Pablo’s Mexican.

    Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
    Phone number: (800) 380-7724
    Group Rate $119.00 per night
    Start date: 1/29/16
    End date: 1/31/16
    Last day to book: 1/4/16
    Link to Book: http://bit.ly/1ODB9Lb

    Great restaurants within walking distance, FishBones, Applebee's, Friendly Confines, Ruth Chris, Dexter's, Liam Fitzpatrick's, Amura's, Cripsers

    Residence Inn Lake Mary (next door to Orlando Marriott Lake Mary)
    Group Rate $139.00 per night (King rooms only)
    Start date: 1/29/16
    End date: 1/31/16
    Last day to book: 1/1/16
    Link to Book: http://bit.ly/1SuYoI9

    Great restaurants within walking distance, FishBones, Applebee's, Friendly Confines, Ruth Chris, Dexter's, Liam Fitzpatrick's, Amura's, Cripsers

    Sonny's BBQ group will enjoy the following amenities at Residence inn or Orlando Marriott Lake Mary:
    Outdoor Heated Pool
    Complimentary Shuttle within a 5 mile radius of hotel
    Complimentary high speed Internet in the guest rooms
    Located minutes from the Sanford Zoo
    No resort fees and generous parking is available at no charge.

SONNY’S SMOKIN’ SHOWDOWN INVITATIONAL WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO FBA RULES AND REGULATIONS. THE MEAT CATEGORIES INCLUDE CHICKEN, PORK RIBS, PORK AND BRISKET, PLUS A MYSTERY MEAT TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE EVENT.

Entries will be judged on appearance, taste and tenderness.

See FBA Rules

Register to compete with your official pitmaster code. General admission for the event is free.

Coming September 1