Bluegrass BBQ FEST 2020 Vendor Registration

Bluegrass BBQ FEST, hosted by Smiley Pete Publishing, is June 5 & 6, 2020 downtown at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. Smiley Pete Publishing the founder and producer of Bluegrass BBQ Fest and CRAVE Lexington, which celebrates its eighth year August 8-9, 2020. In addition to being seasoned festival and food promotion producers, Smiley Pete is a media company and publisher of Chevy Chaser, Southsider and Business Lexington magazines. We know our audience likes to eat and drink outdoors!  

Thank you for inquiring about the Bluegrass BBQ FEST. It is sure to grow and be counted among the greats in Kentucky and region.

There are four types of vendors at Bluegrass BBQ Fest with a variety of booth space options - Pitmasters, Non-Pitmasters, Ice Cream, & Non-Food. All are limited in supply. Applicants must be a business. No backyard amateurs or unlicensed businesses will be permitted to vend at the festival.

Complete this form to request the type of vendor registration you need. You will receive the specific registration form. Registration, full payment and supporting documentation (including health permit, food manager permits, business license and insurance naming Bluegrass BBQ FEST) can be completed online via the form or mailed to:  

Smiley Pete Publishing c/o Bluegrass BBQ FEST    PO Box 22731  Lexington, KY 40522-2731

Full payment is due by April 30, 2020 but encouraged with application as this festival has limited vendor availability.

Bluegrass BBQ FEST is a FREE food and music festival celebrating the diversity of Kentucky BBQ and the culture surrounding a classic Kentucky barbecue. Bluegrass BBQ FEST will host local and regional BBQ restaurants and pitmasters with lots of yummy things on the side like beer, bourbon, blues and bluegrass in a family-friendly, soulful atmosphere.

Festival Hours:
Friday, June 5: 5pm to 11pm
Saturday, June 6: 11am to 11pm

Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza is located at 120 N. Limestone Lexington, KY 40507.
Expected Attendance:  15,000-18,000 over two days.

*Vendors are solely responsible for decor, display, banners, signage for booths and chairs for sitting. Please submit electrical requests with this application. Additional electric fee may be charged for extraordinary requirements.  


Bluegrass BBQ FEST sells all beverages including soft drinks, water, and alcohol. Vendors are NOT allowed to sell any beverages.Vendors are welcome to put tip jars out for staff as long as it isn't obnoxious. Bluegrass BBQ FEST will be a fun weekend and everyone should feel rewarded outside of the great pay you all offer.

Bluegrass BBQ Fest is a 17 hour festival. You will have the opportunity to serve thousands.

Vendor set-up begins 12p Friday, June 5, 2020. Vendors will receive specific load-in instructions on or before May 31.  All vendors must be set-up and ready for inspection and festival kick-off at 4:30p Friday, June 5 and 10:30a Saturday, June 6.

If you have questions, please contact Theresa Stanley at  or 859-266-6537 ext. 27.

I look forward to working with you at Bluegrass BBQ FEST 2020!
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