The Queen Mary's Waterfront Cook-Off

May 11 | 12PM - 5PM | Queen Mary Events Park

Calling all BBQ and chili lovers! The Queen Mary’s Waterfront Cook-Off will be bringing an afternoon of delicious food, competition, brews, and family fun to SoCal on May 11. The event will be the California State Championship competition for BBQ, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and California State Championship for Chili, sanctioned by ICS.

For just $75, get exclusive VIP access to our celebration at 11:00 am (an hour before EVERYONE ELSE!), two drink tickets, ten food tasting tickets, and access to VIP-only area.

Because there are plenty of ways to consume a calorie. Do it right.

General (Ages 4 + Years): $75.00
    Child (Ages 4 & Under): FREE


For $35, get five tasting tickets to enjoy our plethora of food options, enjoy DJs spinning, food, family friendly games, food, an eating contest and more in our outdoor events park. Did we mention food? Get your tickets now!

General (Ages 4 + Years): $35.00
    Child (Ages 4 & Under): FREE


Join us at the Queen Mary Events Park on May 11 for Waterfront Cook-Off, an all-new BBQ and chili competition where no matter who takes home the trophy, we all win! This ticket is for entry only and does not include tasting tickets.

General (Ages 4 + Years): $23.00
    Child (Ages 4 & Under): FREE


  • Individual food tasting tickets* are $3 each, and sold separately on site only. Tasting tickets are valid for all food options with the exception of alcohol.
  • Beer tasting tickets* are $10 for five 3 oz. tastings.

*Does not include event admission. 

BBQ Competition

Our feastival will feature 25 of some of the best grill-masters from around the nation to bring the most delectable brisket, chicken, beef, pork ribs and more. No matter who takes home the trophy, we're all winners in this cooking challenge. The Waterfront Cook-Off is proud to be serving as the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s (KCBS) California State Championship BBQ competition.

Chili Competition

The nation’s best chili cooks will venture to Long Beach to prove their recipe is the tastiest, as they duke it out for the sought-after California State Championship title! The Waterfront Cook-Off will serve as the ICS’s California State Championship for chili. When it comes to chili, we’ll have it all – spicy, verde, red, homestyle, and more—and 30 talented cooks competing for prizes. Bring your appetite.

People’s Choice Award

One BBQ award up for grabs at the cookoff will be the coveted People’s Choice. All festival attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite BBQ, and the winner will receive all the glory and $500!

Other Foods and Treats

Not a fan of meat, or need to satisfy a sweet tooth? We have got you covered. We'll have corn, funnel cakes, vegetarian options, and a variety of other delicious foods available.

Brews and Beverages

Enjoy a selection of beers from local breweries, wine, and full bar options. Drink tickets will be available for purchase on site.

Entertainment & Eating Contests

On top of our savory samples, enjoy an afternoon of family fun! DJ RodEpic and DJ Cordova will be spinning tunes all day and head over to our games zone for Giant Connect 4, Beer Pong, Horse Shoe Toss, Ladder Ball, Corn Hole...and a MECHANICAL BULL RIDE! All included with the price of your entry ticket!

We'll also host a watermelon eating contest at 2:30pm and a pie eating contest at 3:30pm - both free to participate for a chance to win cash and prizes. If we haven’t told you to bring your appetite, here’s your reminder!