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Elite Qualifiers



BaconFest MKE
in Milwaukee, WI on February 25, 2024

Bacon Mac & Cheese. Bacon smashed sliders. Bacon stuffed meatballs. Bacon rice crispies treats. Bacon jalapeno poppers. Bacon. More bacon. Sound like foods you’d like in your belly? If so, 102.9 The Hog's Baconfest MKE is for you. The 12th annual event, presented by Farmland and Patrick Cudahy, returns to Potawatomi Casino Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 25 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for another year of meatastic gluttony. PLUS select restaurants will compete for a 2024 Golden Ticket into the Bacon Category!
The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival
in Gulfport, MS on March 2, 2024

The Gulf Coast Beer, Bacon & BBQ Festival is held at the Hollywood Warehouse where they build movie sets and props and is the perfect backdrop for our event. We sell out each year with over 600 tickets and over 100 vendors and volunteers. Our event is a coast favorite and we have the best time showcasing some of the best Breweries, Restaurants and Chefs that the Coast has to offer. This year's winners in the Bacon and BBQ contests will receive a Golden Ticket to compete at the 2024 World Food Championships!
Surf & Earth Culinary Competitions
in Ocean City, MD on March 3-4, 2024

The OCHMRA Expo (Ocean City Hotel Motel Restaurant Association) will be home to this exciting new Maryland WFC Qualifier where two Golden Tickets will be awarded in Chef and Seafood.
The Truffle Masters
in Houston, TX on March 4, 2024

Celebrating 10 years in 2024, The Truffle Masters will host 30 top Houston chefs as they battle it out using one super-lux ingredient – the black truffle.
Taste of Lake Murray
in Columbia, SC on March 21, 2024

The Lake Murray Country Region’s most popular “Party With A Purpose” is set for March 21, 2024, at the DoubleTree by Hilton! Dance the night away while listening to music from The Voltage Brothers on the main stage and Under the Sun on the outdoor stage. Sample flavors from around the region and vote for your favorite chef to join Team Lake Murray Country at the World Food Championships.
Iron Fork
in Nashville, TN on April 4, 2024

The Nashville Scene’s 15th Annual Iron Fork, presented by US Foods, returns with top chefs from Music City's best restaurants battling it out to vie for the coveted Iron Fork Champions trophy and entry to the 2024 World Food Championships. This year's catch? All of our competitors have already won Iron Fork before... and now they'll compete as the best of the best to be crowned the Ultimate Iron Fork Champion!
Arkansas Pie Festival
in Cherokee Village, AR on April 27, 2024

The Arkansas Pie Festival is set to return to Cherokee Village on April 29, 2023 as a partner of the World Food Championship, the biggest Food Sport event in the world. As an official qualifying event for WFC, the Arkansas Pie Festival will award one Golden Ticket to its champion making them eligible to compete in the Dessert category at the international cooking tournament this fall.
SmokeSlam
in Memphis, TN on May 16-18, 2024

ATTENTION BBQ TEAMS - WHO WANTS THAT CROWN? Is it a heavyweight championship competition? A concert? A carnival? A battle royale for braggin’ rights and big bucks? A celebration of all things Q? The best three days of your life? For fans of smoked meat and good times, the answer is all of the above. SmokeSlam will be a barbecue festival like no other – serious about competition and making the event a great experience for teams and guests alike.
Miracle League Burger Competition- Little Rock
in Little Rock, AR on June 9, 2024

MLB (Miracle League Burger) Competitions in Little Rock, Sunday, June 11th. The competition is open to Food Enthusiasts, Home Cooks and Professional Chefs who will be stepping up to the plate in hopes of hitting it out of the park with the BEST BURGER in the competition! Judging will be "blind" plus a People's Choice. The overall winner will be awarded a Golden Ticket with entry to compete in the World Burger Championship at the WFC this November in Indianapolis! For more information contact miracleleaguear@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas, which is a baseball league for kids and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Miracle League…it’s more than baseball!
Southeastern BBQ Showdown
in Columbia, SC on June 15, 2024

On Saturday, June 15, 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples to the public. One team will win a golden ticket into 2024 World Barbecue Championship!
Big Sky Bonanza
in Billings, MT on June 23, 2024

We are scouring the Magic City area for the best of the best entrees for lunch and dinner. Enjoy a live band while the Best Burger competition takes place, with beef sponsored by the Montana Beef Council. The winner of the Big Sky Burger Competition will receive a golden Ticket to participate at this year's World Food Championships in Indianapolis!
Big Kahuna Wing Festival
in Knoxville, TN on September 1, 2024

The Big Kahuna Wing Festival has become one of the best culinary events in the region. In 2022, the festival drew over 5,000 attendees who enjoyed over 100 different sauces from 30 different teams representing restaurants, cooking teams, businesses, and The University of Tennessee Culinary Institute. Attendees and visitors come from all over the region. All for the love of the "Buffalo Wing" and to raise money for charity.
Miracle League Burger Competition- Little Rock
in Little Rock, AR on September 19, 2024

MLB (Miracle League Burger) Competitions in Little Rock, Sunday, June 11th. The competition is open to Food Enthusiasts, Home Cooks and Professional Chefs who will be stepping up to the plate in hopes of hitting it out of the park with the BEST BURGER in the competition! Judging will be "blind" plus a People's Choice. The overall winner will be awarded a Golden Ticket with entry to compete in the World Burger Championship at the WFC this November in Indianapolis! For more information contact miracleleaguear@yahoo.com. All proceeds benefit the Miracle League of Arkansas, which is a baseball league for kids and adults with intellectual and/or physical disabilities. Miracle League…it’s more than baseball!
World Open Chili Championship
in Myrtle Beach, SC on September 29, 2024

Do you have a GREAT chili recipe? Are your friends and neighbors always telling you that you should enter a cook-off? Well, now is your chance! The World Open Chili Challenge is open to amateurs and experts alike. This category allows chili cooks, pro chefs and home cooks to focus on making their best chili creation outside the confines of a traditional, sanctioned chili cook-off. The winner earns a Golden Ticket into the 2024 World Soup Championships in Indianapolis!