Barbecue Fest comes to the Mayakovsky Central Park of Culture and Recreation the first weekend of summer. The event consists of two parts: the barbecue competition between professional chefs and amateurs, and an entertainment programme for the guests. In the first part, the contenders cook and present their food, prepared according to proprietary recipes, to the professional jury. The jury samples the dishes and determines the winning entries by a vote.
The entertainment part includes live music performances, pig and rabbit races, a local farmers’ market, and a lavish food court, catered by reputable local restaurateurs. Various samplings and culinary master-classes also take place. The festival ends with an award ceremony, gala concert and a fireworks show.