Punta Gorda, Florida –

Laishley Park in Punta Gorda was will transform into a sizzling celebration of barbecue delights as the Smoke on the River BBQ Festival kicks off this Saturday March 9th. The event, aimed at bringing together barbecue enthusiasts and music lovers alike, promises a day of finger-licking food, lively entertainment, and community spirit, all while supporting a noble cause.

Organized to benefit the Florida Outdoor Education Foundation, Inc., the festival not only offers a feast for the taste buds but also contributes to educating and empowering the community about outdoor activities and environmental conservation.

The highlight of the festival is undoubtedly the lineup of pitmasters showcasing their skills and serving up mouthwatering barbecue creations. From tender ribs to juicy brisket, attendees are treated to a wide array of barbecue styles and flavors, each crafted with passion and expertise.

Adding to the festive atmosphere is live entertainment headlined by CONFEDERATE RAILROAD and joined by PURE COUNTRY of Southwest Florida  a premier country band that performs the hits from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. Also performing are The BACK COUNTRY BOYS one of the best up and coming bands in SW Florida performing hits from the 80’s, 90’s, & 2000’s.

In addition to the culinary and musical delights, festival-goers can explore various vendors offering an array of merchandise and crafts, along with a full bar serving refreshing beverages. For those looking for a premium experience, limited VIP reserved tables are available, offering exclusive seating and amenities.

Advance tickets and VIP tables for the Smoke on the River BBQ Festival can be purchased online at www.PuntaGordaBBQfestival.com. With a promise of good food, great music, and a worthy cause, the event is expected to draw crowds from near and far, making it a day to remember for all involved.



12:00 pm – Gates Open
All BBQ Vendors Open and Craft Beer available
Craft Beer Pavilion Open!

Live Music All Day!
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Back Country Boys
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Pure Country of SW Florida
6:00 pm – Event Ends