23rd Annual Wild Game Cookoff

May 10th-11th 2019
Pier 21, Galveston Island
21st and Harborside Drive

History

The cook-off began in 1997 with the intention of creating a family oriented two-day event in the downtown district. Yaga’s Children’s Fund grew each year, and in 2002 twenty-three teams participated with an attendance of over 3,000 people across three city blocks and were able to raise $20,000 towards that year’s charities. That year Yaga’s Children’s Fund 501-(c)(3) non-profit was formed and was expanded to its current location on Pier 21.

Throughout the 22 years of the event, and now entering its 23rd year, the Yaga’s Children’s Fund has allocated an excess of $1,300,000 for Galveston County children’s charities. The current volunteer board works hard year-round to fund numerous charities with the assistance of generous sponsors and cook teams. The Wild Game BBQ Cook-off is now the premiere spring event in downtown Galveston!

Throughout its history, for every dollar in sponsorships the fund receives, it has paid to charity $1.20. Also, the fund continues to hold its expense ratio below 11%, which allows for an 89% payout!

Delicious Food, Fun Time and a Great Cause!

2018 Beneficiaries Gallery

2017 Wild Game Winners

2017 Overall Winners
2017 Overall Winners, Hardwood Cookers

Thank You to all of our 2018 Sponsors and Teams !

21 hours ago
Team Info, Rules, Rental Forms etc. – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

We are super stoked for some NEW teams to be joining us this year! Welcome to the Yaga's family Smokin Pit Masters Pantry Hogs, Hospice Care Team, Grills Gone Wild, Road Kill Kookers, Redmule's ... See more

Each 20×30 booth (includes 5 team t-shirts)$300.00 eachExtra Team T-Shirts$10.00 eachCategories include:FajitasSeafoodChickenChef’s ChoiceBrisketWild Game (Mandatory)

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5 days ago
Team Info, Rules, Rental Forms etc. – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

HURRY and register your cook team today for this years 23rd Annual Yaga's Childrens Fund Wild Game Cook-Off! Spaces are going FAST!

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6 days ago
Judges Info – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

Interested in JUDGING this year's event!? Get your judging ticket TODAY! Tons of samples from Award Winning meats!

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1 week ago
Team Info, Rules, Rental Forms etc. – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

Don't wait! Register your team TODAY for this year's Wild Game Cook-Off! All proceeds go to Local Children's Organizations!

Each 20×30 booth (includes 5 team t-shirts)$300.00 eachExtra Team T-Shirts$10.00 eachCategories include:FajitasSeafoodChickenChef’s ChoiceBrisketWild Game (Mandatory)

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1 week ago
5K RUN – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

Don't forget to register for this year's 5K Fun Run! It's only $25 and it comes with lots of goodies!

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1 week ago
Team Info, Rules, Rental Forms etc. – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

It's not too late to register your BBQ Cook-Off team! This year we are working with the International BBQ Cooker's Association to make it the best year yet!

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2 weeks ago
Team Info, Rules, Rental Forms etc. – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

This year's event will be an official IBCA (International BBQ Cook-off Association) event. Be sure to reserve your space before it's too late!

Each 20×30 booth (includes 5 team t-shirts)$300.00 eachExtra Team T-Shirts$10.00 eachCategories include:FajitasSeafoodChickenChef’s ChoiceBrisketWild Game (Mandatory)

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2 weeks ago
For Vendors – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

Interested in being a vendor at this year's event!? Get your 10' x 10' space today for just $125/space. Check out all the details at the link below!

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2 weeks ago

Super pumped to announce that Harbors Over Highways will be performing Saturday afternoon, May 11 this year. Be sure to come out and listen to some awesome music.

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3 weeks ago
Judges Info – Yaga's Wild Game and BBQ Cook-off

Interested in judging this year's amazing food!? Sign up today for just $15/category. Ticket includes:
Event T-Shirt
Event Koozie
Dozens of samples from our dozens of amazing, award-winning cook ... See more

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