Sonny's Smokin' Showdown is coming to the Central Florida Zoo!

Sonny's Smokin Showdown Invitational is back at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens!

Join us, Saturday, January 14th from 11am - 10pm for an epic battle between the nation’s top Pitmasters.

Once again in 2017, this event will bring BBQ enthusiasts from all over the country to the heart of Florida for a full day of live music, family fun and delicious BBQ.

General admission tickets are $5 and kids 10 and under are free. Advanced tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite

As a benefit to the Zoo's Annual Pass Holders, admission is free! On the day of the event, show your annual pass and photo I.D. at "Will Call" in the front entrance tent, just as you would when entering the Zoo. Free admission is limited to the named guests on your Zoo Annual Pass. 

Please note that parking for the event will be OFF-SITE, with a shuttle running between the parking area and the Zoo. Please follow the event signs and utilize the off-site parking, as there will be very limited parking at the Zoo's main lot. (Map to offsite parking)

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