BBQ Festival Throwdown coming in April

By Paige Nash

Three Bienville Parish locals are joining forces to host the first BBQ Festival Throwdown. This is a non-sanctioned event that will be held on Saturday, April 15 beginning at 11 a.m. BBQ masters will set up at Jefferson Henderson Park located in Historical Downtown Arcadia.  

Mario Jefferson co-owns Dazzling Parties Events with his wife, Chautauqua. Tyrone Roberson and his wife, Jacqueline own T & J Catering food truck and Jeffery Sampson co-owns his food truck, Q to Go. So, they are experienced when it comes to food and events.  

A portion of the proceeds raised from the BBQ Festival will be donated to Arcadia Parks and Recreation. 

Roberson said, “We want to do something for our young kids and give back to our community. The proceeds can help them with uniforms and pay some fees for them. We are just trying to do what we can for kids.” 

There will be first and second place prizes awarded to the winners in three categories- ribs, chicken and brisket.  

They are still looking for sponsors. Other food trucks and vendors are welcome to set up at the park to sale their items. 

If you are interested in participating in the throwdown, becoming a sponsor or vendor at the event, the deadline to sign up is March 18. You can reach out to Mario Jefferson at 318-436-6662, Tyrone Roberson at 318-243-4173 or Jeffery Sampson at 318-294-5808. The entry fee is $75. 

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