A Short History of The World BBQ Association (WBQA)

The World Barbecue Association and its affiliated members are proud of our rapidly growing organisation, which began on 3rd of January 1996, with the aim of uniting all countries worldwide through the fabulous sport of barbecue.

Since then, many championships both big and small have been held in Europe and all over the world under the auspices of the WBQA, and the organisation continues to go from strength to strength. The WBQA uses the element of fire as an instrument to promote a positive way of life, showing respect to all.

Every country is welcome to participate regardless of religion, race or ethnicity. Our corporate mission is that of respect and tolerance for everyone, and we are proud of holding hugely successful BBQ championships on three major continents: Europe, Africa and the USA. We support BBQ that is safe, healthy and social, ensuring that we include the public at large.

We also keep the public informed about BBQ events through our website: http://world-bbq.com and facebook: www.facebook.com/WorldBarbecueAssociation We use these different media to publicize products and trends, as well as giving information and competition results. Our member countries come from Europe; Central, South and North America; north and South Africa.

We keep our members up to date with information regarding rules & regulations, and we continually promote our high standards of food presentation, food hygiene, safety and recycling. We also provide opportunities to our members for marketing and selling barbecue and grilling devices, accessories, leisure equipment and food at our events, as well as the chance to make marketing contacts by displaying and demonstrating their products. In association with our international events, we also provide comprehensive Judge training.

We offer the media full access to our barbecue events so that their reporting will spread positive messages worldwide. BBQ appeals to many people in all walks of life – food producers and suppliers, tourist and travel organizations, outdoor and leisure equipment manufacturers and retailers, etc. It is from these companies that we source our sponsorship, as well as local, national and European government agencies.

We work very closely with our sponsors to understand their needs and objectives, and customise our events so that they get maximum return for their partnership with us. In March 2014 we opened our first full-time Administration Office in Limerick, Ireland which is managed by our WBQA President, Patrick O’Sullivan. Each year we continue to support and build up member BBQ Associations in countries throughout the world wishing to host National, European and World Championships.