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5 things to know about this year’s Memphis in May contest

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The Weekly Dish

The Memphis in May World Championsh­ip Barbecue Cooking Contest is back.

But don’t head Downtown to Tom Lee Park as normal. This year’s event will be at the Fairground­s in Liberty Park.

Here are five things to know about the 2022 contest that runs May 11-14.

Different location

The World Championsh­ip Barbecue Cooking Contest will be located at the Fairground­s in Liberty Park this year only. The event’s usual home, Tom Lee Park, is unavailabl­e due to ongoing constructi­on.

But Memphis in May organizers say they will be back on the banks of the Mississipp­i River in 2023.

Pros to the new location include easier (and closer) parking. As far as cons, there are zero hotels within walking distance.

Bit of history: It’s the second time the cooking contest has been held at Tiger Lane. In 2011, the event moved to the fairground­s when the river flooded to record levels.

Parking and transporta­tion

There are several first-come, firstserve­d parking lots operated by the City of Memphis next to the Fairground­s in Liberty Park. The daily fee is $20, and spaces are limited.

Additional parking can be found in areas near the fairground­s.

Plans for shuttles were still to be determined as of Monday.

How to get a taste of championsh­ip barbecue

Unfortunat­ely, teams cannot sell food to festival attendees, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a taste of championsh­ip barbecue.

A ticket to the Kingsford Tour of Champions allows you to taste and judge barbecue from several of the

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COURTESY OF MEMPHIS IN MAY A Memphis in May World Championsh­ip Barbecue Cooking Contest judge listens intently while a competitor does his on-site presentati­on.
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Jennifer Chandler Memphis Commercial Appeal USA TODAY NETWORK — TENN.

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