Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber Partners With HOPE Helps For BBQ Blowout Featuring Steel Magnolia


    By Jacob Engels


    The Oviedo Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, HOPE, and the Florida Barbeque Association are hosting a two day BBQ blow out this weekend at the Oviedo Mall on May 24th & May 25th. On Friday, country music superstars Steel Magnolia will be head lining a concert, so this should be a pretty cool event. A full release from the Chamber is below —


    Release from the Chamber —


    Oviedo, Seminole County, Florida – Celebrate Florida’s newest event- Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout May 24th and 25th at the Oviedo Mall! This Florida Bar-B-Que Association (FBA) sanctioned family-friendly event includes an entire weekend of musical artists, games/rides, business and food vendors, brew and most of all BBQ! C’mon over Friday night at 7:00pm and for just $25 enjoy a Low Country Boil from TJ’s Seafood Shack, sampling of craft beer, and a live musical performance – direct from Nashville – Country music artists Steel Magnolia! Come back on Saturday for free admission all-day festivities, including riding a mechanical alligator… live music and BBQ!


    Established in 2007, HOPE’s mission is to prevent and reduce homelessness in Central Florida by equipping individuals and families to become self-sufficient through Housing, Outreach, Prevention and Education. Since HOPE’s inception, thousands of individuals and families in crisis have been assisted through its Resource Center, Food Pantry and Thrift Store. HOPE is a 501c3 that currently serves over 300 families (800+ individuals) per week through our Food Pantry and offers additional programs to bring them to self sufficiency. “We’re extremely excited to be partnering with the Chamber and bringing together our strengths to make this a signature event for years to come,” said Joan Faulkner, CEO of HOPE Helps, Inc.


    The Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce is an advocate for business and civic interests within our communities. They seek to promote and support businesses and civic interest by being pro-active in our communities and providing a platform for businesses to network and grow. “We’re honored to team up with HOPE Helps on Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout,” said Bridget Lake, Senior Director of Sponsorships and Events. “People have been embracing our newest event that focuses on commerce and community, and let’s not forget all the delicious, finger-licking BBQ to taste!”



    WHAT: Central Florida’s BBQ Blowout !
    (Florida BBQ Association sanctioned event)


    WHERE Oviedo Mall – 1700 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo, Florida 32765 /WHEN: Friday, May 24th Concert and Bash (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.)


    Saturday, May 25th – (11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.) Musical Artists, Games, Vendors, BBQ Competition


    Friday Headliner straight from Nashville – Country music stars – Steel Magnolia!

    Even before the release of their debut album, Steel Magnolia snagged nine major industry award nominations, including: Vocal Duo of the Year and Top New Vocal Duo of the Year by the Academy of Country Music in both 2010 and 2011, Top Vocal Duo by the The Country Music Association in 2010, Best Country Music Video By A New Duo by Country Music Television and a 2012 ACM Award for Vocal Duo of the Year. “We heard about the strength HOPE brings to the community and we want to be a part of it, and offer what we can, to bring more attention to help those in need” …Steel Magnolia


    For the BBQ competition, sponsorship and band opportunities, go to BBQblowout.org!


    Brought to you by the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with local non-profit HOPE Helps, Inc., Building commerce and community.
    Proceeds to benefit building our business community as well as assisting families in crisis in Seminole County.




    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post. Along with the Post, he owns several other businesses and is currently enrolled at Valencia College. Jacob has lived in Avalon Park since it’s founding and enjoys playing with his black Labradoodle Jasper, listening to indie rock, and seeking out new business ventures. He can be reached at info@eastorlandopost.com