I Love BBQ and Music Festival ranked 8th over all in the 10 Best Readers' Choice travel award contest!

I Love BBQ and Music Festival in Lake Placid celebrates 12th year of fundraising for Shipman Youth Center July 7th to 9th 

Special invitation extended to military members and families

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Come to Lake Placid from July 7-9 and no matter from which direction you arrive, your senses will be alerted to the 12th Annual I Love BBQ and Music Festival on the 1980 Olympic Oval.

Festival signage is strategically placed on Routes 86 and 73. Shortly thereafter, the aromas will bring you directly to the site, which is the Olympic Speed Skating Oval on Main Street. There, you can join the top barbecue pit bosses and teams in this Adirondack resort village.

The I Love BBQ and Music Festival is the primary annual fundraiser for the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid, located just down the street from the barbecue festival venue. Approximately $230,000 has been raised thus far for youth programs since the inception of the festival. The namesake of the Shipman Youth Center, former Lake Placid police officer Thomas Shipman, created this facility.

Organizers will offer special invitations to members of the military, past and present, and their families to attend this event free of charge with military identification.

Event organizer Dmitry Feld, of Lake Placid, marketing manager for USA Luge, tweaks the festival each year. The Winter Olympic federation, based in Lake Placid, organizes the annual event.

The 12th year of the festival merges a worthy cause, great eats, barbecue competition, the region’s top musicians and some of the most radical BMX exhibitions allowed by law.

All told, the festival has received kudos from the Kansas City Barbecue Society, delish.com, Rachel Ray and an eighth-place finish last summer in USA Today’s 10Best BBQ Festivals.

There is a complete schedule of events, including kids culinary competitions, and musical acts at: www.ilbbqf.com/schedule-of-events-2/.

Although a number of vendors offer summertime barbecue fare at the festival, over the years there has been an increasing demand from the public to taste the products from the teams.

Feld has announced that on July 7-8, The Best Ribs in the East, a one day event for 11 years, will become a doubleheader. And as usual, a nominal fee will be charged to eat the best ribs of the participating teams.

In addition, the I Love BBQ and Music Festival and the I Love New York Horse Show have partnered to offer reciprocal admission. Anyone holding a pass to one of these events will receive complimentary admission to the other.

Daily admission is $6, with youngsters under 10 admitted free of charge. The festival is alcohol and tobacco-free.


Sponsors and supporters: Courtyard Marriott, Champlain National Bank ,Henry and Mildred Uihlein Foundation, Robert and Doreen Imbriani, Best Western Adirondack Inn, NBT Bank, Bernard and Karen Dayan, Norton Saint-Gobain, ORDA, Taylor family, WSLP 93.3 FM, The UPS Store, USA Luge, Casella Waste Management, Cape Air, Cushman Production, Connecting Youth and Communities, Ward family, Kiwanis Club of Lake Placid, Lunss,Lions Club of Lake Placid, Free and Accepted Masons of Lake Placid, Lake Placid Central School District, Community Bank, Lake Placid News, Bear Essentials, High Peaks Dental, Coca-Cola, Saranac Beverages, Cornell University Uihlein Forest, Lake Placid Summit Hotel, Placid Productions, Price Chopper Supermarket, US Olympic Training Center, McDonald’s of Lake Placid, Adirondack Bank, High Peaks Ford, Blue Moon Cafe, Lake Placid Family Dental, Coakley High Peaks Hardware, Foreverwild.com, Guideboat Realty, Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lisa G’s, Meister Accounting, JDE Computer Staffing, NEBS, Merrill Thomas Real Estate, Desperados, Hannaford Supermarket, High Peaks Resort, Burnham Solutions, The Whiteface Lodge, Tupper Lake Family Dental, Wildwood on the Lake, Tim Forman, Greg Peacock, Adirondac Rafting, The Olive Oil Factory, Mitlin Financial, Inc.

Special thanks to the Village of Lake Placid, Town of North Elba, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department, Lake Placid Police Department, Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service, Butch Martin and the North Elba Park District.