Zephyrhills 5th Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & BLUES FEST

and the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport Aviation Expo

ZHills Blues and BBQ

Featuring: Top o’ the line BBQ | Live Blues Music | Car and Motorcycle Show | Kidz Zone Games and Activities | Aircraft Displays
WWII Museum of Military History | Business Showcase | Gift Vendors | Refreshments | Swine Terrace

The Zephyrhills Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues festival is the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce signature event.

As the name suggests, BBQ & Blues features a friendly BBQ competition amidst a background of the blues music. Event-goers sample the culinary creations of both local and out-of-town BBQ chefs.

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce along with many committed community partners showcases invites participants and visitors from near and far to come enjoy a day of sensational blues, award-winning BBQ and aviation thrills. The Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Florida Bar-B-Q Association.

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues has raised thousands for these local youth and education programs
Zephyrills Army JROTC | Zephyrhills High School Key Club, Honor Society, Bulldog Football, Interact Club | Pasco County Sheriff’s Charities | YMCA of East Pasco | Investigation Station | Zephyrhills Fire Rescue Explorers | St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital | Zephyrhills Police Athletic League | Boy Scouts | Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund



FOR SPONSOR | VENDOR | BUSINESS EXPO INFORMATION CALL: (813) 782-1913 or EMAIL: info@zephyrhillschamber.org | director@zephyrhillschamber.org


Vonnie Mikkelsen, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, Director; Ed Caum, Pasco County Tourism Manager; Pam Marron, Suncoast Arts Festival, Co-Chair; Marj Golub, Suncoast Arts Festival, Co-Chair 

Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest Receives Regional Recognition—Puts Zephyrhills and Pasco County in the Spotlight:

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s innovative signature event Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest was recognized by the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and Arts (TBBCA) at the TBBCA’s annual gala and Impact Awards Banquet on October 23, 2014, at The Vinoy Renaissance in St. Petersburg. The Chamber was one of six finalists for the 2014 Impact Awards in the nonprofit category. Other finalists were the Capitol Theatre; Glazer Children’s Museum; Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus; Tampa Bay Arts & Education Network; and The Margaret Acheson Stuart Society. Some 300 business and community leaders from around Tampa Bay attended the event.   Attending on behalf of the Zephyrhills Chamber were Executive Director Vonnie Mikkelsen, board members Rebecca Gaddis and Tim Linville, Pasco Tourism Manager Ed Caum and Co-directors from the Suncoast Arts Festival Pam Marron and Marj Golub.

Pam Marron of the Suncoast Arts Festival and the Chamber’s partner for the 2015 Pasco Weekend of the Arts nominated the Zephyrhills Chamber and the BBQ & Blues Festival. Both festivals were also awarded a VisitFlorida Grant earlier in the summer to promote the Pasco Weekend of the Arts held January 17-18 in conjunction with both festivals’ milestone anniversaries—the 5th annual BBQ & Blues (January 17) and the 10th Annual Suncoast Arts Festival (January 17-18). This is the first time any Pasco County event has been nominated for the award.

All finalists were given recognition during the award presentations. Fox 13 Anchor Russell Rhodes emceed the event and showed lively enthusiasm for the name as he read from script saying, “. . . I love this name, Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival; the only festival of its kind in Pasco County (has brought a unique) musical experience to a community where few cultural outlets previously existed.”

“This recognition belongs to the volunteers, the visionary leaders and community-minded businesses who have backed this event and put in the sweat equity and service hours to make BBQ & Blues what it is today,” said Vonnie Mikkelsen, Chamber Executive Director. The event is Pasco County’s largest stage dedicated to Blues music, is the only sanctioned BBQ contest in the County, and touted as one of the best BBQ contests in the State by professional and amateur teams on the Florida BBQ Association competition circuit. Since its inception, the event has raised $70,000 for local youth groups, community services, and scholarships. The Chamber plans to fund two new scholarships: one for performing arts and one for culinary arts students at the conclusion of this year’s event.

The 5th Annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. Folks are invited to fly in, drive in, or bus in. Sponsors, vendors, Business Expo, BBQ teams, and volunteers are invited to sign up early as space is limited. Information on the event can be found at www.ZephyrhillsChamber.org, by calling the Chamber office at (813) 782-1913, or emailing: info@zephyrhillschamber.org.

The TBBCA Impact Award is based on demonstrated impact in recent years to Tampa Bay’s quality of life through innovative arts programming, outstanding business practices, and/or neighborhood revitalization. Some 250 business and community leaders from around Tampa Bay attended the 25th annual gala event. The TBBCA created the Impact Awards in 1989 to recognize and honor business support of the arts. Since that time, the awards program has grown to include honors for area businesses, individuals, and nonprofit organizations.

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce advances economic growth and prosperity in our community.

The Chamber of Commerce is incorporated in the State of Florida as a 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization. We are a membership-based association of businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to preserve and continually enhance the quality of life in the community of Zephyrhills and surrounding area of East Pasco County. We promote a vibrant and active business climate supporting economic growth through leadership and active involvement by our membership.