Grand Prairie, TX

Festivals & Special Events

Besides the great shopping, there's always something fun happening at the market. Festivals, live concerts, and food events are planned year-round: Kids Fest, Cajun Festival, Shrimp Fest, Native American Indian Pow Wow, Auto Swap Meet, Cinco de Mayo and so much more! See the listing below for more information.

Saturday, October 11th 2014

BBQ Cookoff


GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS — Barbeque smoke will fill the air during the Traders Village Annual Bar-B-Que Cookoff on Saturday October 11th, at Traders Village in Grand Prairie. This cookoff will be an International Barbecue Cooking Association sanctioned event.

This is one of the longest running BBQ events in Texas and this year’s event is expected to be better than ever. The event will attract BBQ cooks from across the state and beyond. The event is free to the public both days, with only a $3.00 parking fee. Saturday, October 11th, will have the following lineup of BBQ competition: Chicken, Pork Spare Ribs, Brisket, and a Kids Cook Off. The Traders Village cookoff has been a popular event for thirty years.

The barbeque cooks and their cooking devices are a show in themselves at this culinary event. The serious beef barons will showcase custom-made, unique traveling pits with individual touches of creativity to suit the owner’s taste. While the cooking competition can become serious, the atmosphere and camaraderie will be strictly fun-filled recreation.

Cookoff visitors will get a firsthand look at how seriously barbequers take their cooking and their fun. You can look, smell and often taste. If you ask when a team isn’t busy preparing an entry for the judges, you can get some practical tips on how to improve your home barbeque cooking skills.

There will be a need for individuals to judge the competition. The public is invited to sign up, at the cookoff judging area, for a free chance to judge the BBQ competition.

Traders Village is located at 2602 Mayfield Road in Grand Prairie, Texas and is the first exit north of I-20, off Hwy. 360. There is no admission charge to Traders Village, which is open every Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. (Closing time varies seasonally.) Parking is only $3.00 per vehicle. For more information call 972-647-2331.

Come out and celebrate over 40 years of fun at Traders Village!

BBQ Entry Form

Junior BBQ Entry Form

Market Hours

Open Saturday & Sunday

Best Shopping Times

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Parking $4

Vendor Gates Open 7 a.m.


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