Saturday, May 27, 2017

Giant Celebrates Second Year as Title Sponsor of Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

From our friends at the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle...

Premier Annual Barbecue Event Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

As the temperature rises and summer nears in the Nation’s Capital, one of the premier barbecue events in the country is quickly approaching. Giant announced its second year as title sponsor of the 25th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle benefitting USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. The award-winning Barbecue Battle, on June 24 and 25, is one of the largest and most popular food festivals in the country, welcoming more than 100,000 barbecue fans each year.

“Giant is thrilled to return as the title sponsor of the 25th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle for this favorite DC summer tradition,” said Gordon Reid, President of Giant Food of Landover, MD. “Through our sponsorship, Giant looks forward to engaging with the DC community to continue growing this award-winning event that provides a delicious fun-filled experience for visitors and raises funds for the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore.” Last year, Giant helped raise and donate $184,000 to USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and hopes to raise over $200,000 this year.

“Giant is such an amazing partner of our USO and their support of our military members and their loved ones is just incredible,” said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore. “We are so proud to have Giant as part of our USO-Metro family, and we look forward to an incredible two days of barbecuing.”

The two-day event, located between 3rd and 7th Streets, NW on Pennsylvania Avenue, will offer non-stop entertainment with 30 bands on three stages, plus appearances from celebrity chefs, TV cooking personalities and cookbook authors, representatives from the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, Nationals, DC United and the Washington and Baltimore arena football teams, Valor and Brigade. Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy the return of the popular Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest and fan-favorite Joey Chestnut, who broke the world record by eating 73 and a half hotdogs in 10 minutes at last year’s event.

In addition, Giant will showcase unique products and brands at the signature event, giving participants a chance to learn more about how Giant helps them save money, save time, and eat well. Several spotlight tables at the event will include the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion and Savory: Fast, Fresh & Easy Stage, and Giant will offer free food samples and free consultations with Giant in-store nutritionists and pharmacists.

Since its founding in 1992, the Giant National Barbecue Battle has raised over $2 million for local nonprofits and will focus this year’s fundraising efforts to support USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, an organization Giant supports throughout the year.

Tickets to the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will be sold at the gate and through the website. Children under 12 years of age enter at no cost when accompanied by an adult. More information and free ticket opportunities are available through Giant’s weekly circulars and in local Giant stores. To learn more about Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, please visit

About Giant Food:
Giant Food of Landover, MD is committed to helping its customers save time, save money and eat well. Headquartered in Landover, Md., Giant Food LLC operates 167 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 167 stores are 158 full-service pharmacies. For more information on Giant, visit

About Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle:
Now celebrating its 25th year, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right here in the National’s Capital. For more information on the Barbecue Battle, visit