About Kerry

Kerry is an avid BBQ fan. From certified judge, promoter and backyard smoker, she loves anything to do with barbecue! Her passion is promoting two BBQ festivals in the Dothan area each year. Tri-State BBQ Festival the 2nd weekend in April, and PorktoberQue - this year on October 5-6. In her "spare" time she runs The Main Event, an event planning and marketing company in Dothan, Alabama.

Upgraded TV situation in the Man Cave

The Man Cave sponsored by Schmitz Automotive Group is a great place to sit down, get out of the sun, and enjoy your food and drinks. It’s also a spot where you have been able to watch the SEC football games on TVs we had in the tent. We hung those TVs from the poles and were able to have 3 units that were about 40″ (the heaviest we could suspend from the tent poles).

This year, through a partnership with Camping World of Dothan we have upgraded our TVs for the Man Cave! They are bringing three large RVs to park on 3 sides of the Man Cave tent. These RVs will have large flat screen TVs mounted to the side and should be covered somewhat with an awning so the glare won’t be bad. You’ll be able to sit inside the Man Cave and watch the TVs and catch the games while you’re at PorktoberQue having fun with your family.

As if that weren’t enough, Camping World will be giving away bags, goodies and swag all weekend if you stop by and visit their booth or take a tour of one of the RVs at PorktoberQue. 

Sunday- Prayer, Polka & more

Many people have asked what will be happening Sunday at the Houston County Farm Center. Here are the highlights- the Florida Barbecue association will be having their barbecue competition from 10am through 2:30pm with awards on the main stage at approximately 3:30 pm. Meanwhile, at noon we will have an interfaith service on the main stage featuring Raymond Ramsey. Come enjoy his uplifting words of inspiration, accompanied by music from music minister Matt at noon.

Following that, we have worship and praise music, gospel and more until the awards ceremony. Plus, inside we have the Festhaus with polka music from 12:30-2:30 and beer sales from 1-4. Many beers will be half priced during this time! Plus, there will be shopping with vendors, great food and the man cave with TV’s showing NFL games from noon-4.

Beer Tasting (Free with paid admission)

Friday and Saturday at PorktoberQue, we are bringing in brewers to give away free samples of their craft beers to our guests 21+.

Friday night we will have Props Brewing, a veteran owned and operated microbrewery from Fort Walton Beach, sampling two of their beers. They plan on bringing their fall Pumpkin Ale and also their German-style Hefeweisen to sample to guests for free, plus the Biergarten will have their Oktoberfest Beer on sale by the pint or stein. Whatever beer is left over from the Friday night sampling will also be sampled on Saturday as well. We plan on the Friday night sampling to be done near the stage at the event, and Saturday it will be inside the Festhaus by the Biergarten area most likely.

Saturday for most of the day we will also have Omaha Brewing Company from Omaha, Georgia on site to sample two of their favorite fall beers. They will be brining their Munich Helles lager, Gnat Knocker and their fall seasonal imperial brown ale, 762. The tasting notes on both of those beers are below.  You can also buy these beers by the pint or stein at one of the two biergarten areas at the festival.

PorktoberQue is at the Houston County Farm Center September 29-October 1st. For times and more info check the web site or call 334-699-1475

Friday (September 29) Entertainment Details

On Friday, September 29 we have a full night of entertainment at PorktoberQue ! The gates open at 5pm, and you can bring a lawn chair so you can have a seat for the outdoor concerts. Outside, Alice Nelson will begin entertaining at 5:30 and is followed by Otha Allen  at 5pm. Then, local legegends, the KJAMS will play from 7-10.

There’s lots of great music to listen to!

Inside, the Polka Dots of Dothan will take the stage around 5:30 and perform polka music all evening for your Oktoberfest enjoyment.

KJAMS Concert

Friday night (September 29) the KJAMS are playing a concert at 7pm. You can bring a lawn chair or blanket, but no coolers are allowed in the gates either day. The KJams are Dothan’s premier party band and have entertained crowds across the southeast for decades. Tickets just $5 per person per day at the gate, or get a 3-day armband for just $7 if purchased by September 15 at The Thirsty Pig in downtown Dothan (257 South Saint Andrews St)

 

Saturday Entertainment- Featured Bands

Saturday, the music will start just at 11:00 with Michael and Julia followed by Low Emission Vehicle at noon. The Kids Que Awards will be on the main stage at 1:30 and then Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys will perform at 3:30pm. You will love their laid back style and fun tunes! Of course, all the music on Saturday, as well as BBQ samples, the polka stage, car show and vendors are all included in your $5 daily ticket.  Check our Facebook page frequently for ticket giveaways, or you can buy a weekend armband at The Thirsty Pig (downtown) for just $7 through September 15th.

Dave Dale and the Salt Water Cowboys

Team From WHERE?

The M&G BBQ cook team is coming to compete at PorktoberQue from Oostelbeers, a city in North Brabant, Netherlands . They compete in barbecue competitions in Europe and decided they wanted to try to compete in the US at a contest and PorktoberQue coincided with their vacation schedule this year. Because they can’t fly their pit over, kind folks within the BBQ community are lending them pits, equipment, wood and also helping them feel at home in Dothan. Here are a few photos of the team, Mike and Gerta. Please say hi to them when you are at PorktoberQue!

BEER!

One of the biggest improvements to the 2017 PorktoberQue is the larger selection of beers available this year. Noting that local and regional craft beer sales are booming, plus having some legitimate imported German beers available, PorktoberQue has greatly expanded their beer offerings this year. There will even be two draft beer trucks (one inside the Festhaus Biergarten) and one outside near the food vendors) as well as cans available for sale.

Craft beer is significantly more expensive than commercially manufactured beers, because it is made in small batches using higher quality ingredients. For that reason, a 16 ounce cup of draft beer will be $6.75 at PorktoberQue, and 12 ounce cans of beer will be $5. PorktoberQue enthusiasts may want to take advantage of the souvenir beer stein available to the first 200 patrons beginning Friday night. The dated ceramic stein with the PorktoberQue logo is a whopping 20 ounces, and is available for $25 which includes your first draft beer. Refills in the ceramic stein, or any previous year’s PorktoberQue stein, are just $4.75, a savings of nearly 30%. So not only do you get a great souvenir stein, but you can save on beer purchases at the event and for years to come!

The draft beers that we have ordered for PorktoberQue include:

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Oktoberfest 

Folklore Brewing (Dothan, Alabama) Goldenhawk (kolsch)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Colonel Festbier (marzen)

Goat Island Brewing (Cullman, Alabama) Hippieweisen (hefeweizen)

Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest – Brauhaus Miltenberger Collaboration (This is a very limited edition beer, only brewed for Oktoberfest and not to be brewed again. Each year, Sierra Nevada partners with a different German brewer to explore the roots of Germany’s famous Oktoberfest beers. This year, they’ve collaborating with Germany’s Brauhaus Miltenberger, whose approach to the classic style has been long admired. The result is a festival beer true to their style—deep golden in color with deceptively rich malt flavor and balanced by traditional German-grown whole-cone hops.)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier- Straight from Munich, Germany 

Props Brewing (Fort Walton Beach, FL)- Oktoberfest Beer

 Omaha Brewery (Omaha, Georgia. Right across the river from Eufaula, Alabama)- Gnat Knocker (helles lager) and 762 (brown ale)

Additionally, in the 12 ounce cans, we anticipate having Folklore Brewery’s Grateful Red (red lager), Goat Island Brewery’s Richter’s PIls (pilsner) and for those not as big of fans of craft beer, there will be MIchelobe Ultra and Bud Light available. 

As inventory changes, there may be some additional beers available, and we hope to receive all we have ordered, though some substitutions are possible. We hope you’ll come and enjoy all the beers available at PorktoberQue this year!

Great Life Skill

What should every kid know how to do before they move out of the house? They should know basic life skills, and one of those is cooking. PorktoberQue has been pushing kids to learn how to grill for the past 6 years, and is pleased to again offer the KIDS QUE this month at the Farm Center. It is sponsored by Academy Sports+Outdoors, and every child entering will receive a charcoal grill THAT THEY CAN KEEPafter the event is over.

They will be grilling steaks (provided) and will be competing for trophies and Academy Sports+Outdoors Gift Cards. But the real winner is the kids. They learn a little about cooking, learn it’s fun, and will be competing near the professionals who are cooking for a chance to win thousands of dollars. There are two age divisions for students- Junior Grillers (8-12) and Senior Grillers (13-18) and there are prizes for the top 5 in each age group.

It’s $10 to enter, and for that money you get a grill ($20 value), 2 steaks ($8 value), charcoal to cook with ($4 value) and 2 admission tickets to PorktoberQue ($10 value), so you’re getting a 4:1 return on your investment. But the real return on investment is in helping your child learn about grilling and competing in a fun and friendly environment.

You can get an entry form online at http://porktoberque.com/kcbs-competition/academy-sportsoutdoors-kids-que/ or by right clicking the image below and printing it from this post. Information available at 334-699-1475 or you can pick up an entry form in person/ pay for the entry at The Thirsty Pig, 257 South Saint Andrews St., in downtown Dothan. The competition is Saturday September 30 at 9am at the Houston County Farm Center. The free grills are limited to the first 50 kids to sign up.