press release

June 7, 2016

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Giant Food announces free ticket promotion for 24th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

New sponsor adds special features to popular annual event

Landover, Md. (June 7, 2016) – Giant Food of Landover, Md. announced today a free ticket promotion leading up to the 24th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, one of the largest food and music festivals in the country that will take place on June 25 and 26 on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C.

For a limited time, shoppers buying two participating items at their Giant store will receive a coupon for one free adult Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket at the Event Admissions Gate. Participating store items are listed in Giant’s weekly ads and marked with in-store shelf tags.

For the first-time ever, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle will host Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest where defending champion, Joey Chestnut, will participate as a celebrity judge. The Hot Dog Eating Contest is just one of this year’s many new features that will excite and entertain the entire family. The event will feature more cooking demonstrations, twice as many free food samples and, for the health-conscious Barbecue Battle guest, consultations with Giant’s in-store nutritionists who will provide tips that make summertime barbecuing healthy and nutritious.

“We are delighted to be the title sponsor of this spectacular event for the first time this year." said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. “This year’s Barbecue Battle is shaping up to be the biggest and best yet. The Barbecue Battle also raises funds to support the missions of both the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank, two organizations that Giant Food supports and that are so important to our region.”

Attended by more than 100,000 barbecue and music fans each year, the award-winning Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. The event has been named “One of the Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country” by CNN and a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by the Travel Channel. To buy tickets to this year’s event, visit www.bbqindc.com/tickets.

About Giant Food, LLC

Giant Food, LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 160 full-service pharmacies. Giant is owned by Ahold USA, Inc. For more information on Giant visit www.giantfood.com.

About the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle:

Now celebrating its 24th year, the National Capital Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right here in the Nation’s Capital. For more information on the Barbecue Battle, visit www.bbqindc.com.