Holy Smokes BBQ festival returning in the fall

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - A Lowcountry fundraiser and salute to all things barbecue is returning to North Charleston bigger and better.

The 2nd annual Holy Smokes Lowcountry Barbecue Festival is scheduled for Nov. 19th at North Charleston’s Riverfront Park.

Event organizers Aaron Siegal and Taylor Garrigan of Home Team BBQ, Anthony DiBernardo of Swig & Swine and Contributing BBQ Editor for Southern Living Robert Moss say the event celebrates the culture, history and traditions of American barbecue.

The 2021 event featured more than 20 barbecue pitmasters and gave attendees an all-you-can-eat experience at three different “barbecue villages.” This year, the festival is adding a Coastal Village highlighting all things seafood.

Last year’s event attracted around 4,000 attendees and raised $100,000 for Hogs for the Cause, a nonprofit supporting families battling pediatric brain cancer. Event organizers were also able to donate $10,000 to the Charleston Ronald McDonald House.

Organizers say this year’s event will let guests taste a variety of American barbecue, including whole hog, pork and beef ribs, brisket and smoked and grilled Lowcountry seafood.

Tickets for the 2022 festival go on early access sale on July 11 and to the general public on July 19. General admission tickets start at $95 with VIP tickets available for $250.

More information on the 2022 Holy Smokes Lowcountry Barbecue Festival can be found at holysmokechs.com.