You must have understood that all events have been canceled due to corona. Understandable. After all, health is paramount.
The World Barbecue Association Netherlands assumes that this applies to all activities this year. But if circumstances permit – we follow the guidelines of the RIVM – and yet what is possible, we will look at that. We will keep you informed about this!

The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi has commended the Ghana Barbeque Association (GBQA) for their continuous promotion of tourism through gastronomy.

She said she was impressed by the performance, achievements and commitment of the association to improve and promote tourism through Barbecue Sports.


The Minister stated this when Executives and some members of GBQA paid a courtesy call on her at her office last Friday, February 7. The visitors brought the Minister up to speed on their mandate to use barbeque as a sport to promote friendships while providing the platform to add value to the culinary industry.


They also informed her about upcoming events which the Association will be participating in. They include the Memphis in May Festival in the US where Ghana has been selected as the honoured country. GBQA will compete in the World Barbeque Championship at the event.


GBQA will also host the first ever World Barbeque African Championship in Ghana from April 29 to May 1 this year. The event is expected to draw in participants from more than 20 countries.

Oteng-Gyasi who was presented with a citation from the World and Ghana Barbecue Associations pledged the Ministry’s support to GBQA as they participate and host the events.

President of GBQA, Prosper Kumi and the African Ambassador for the World Barbeque Association, Doris Eyram Lumor led the entourage on the visit.


The Ghana Barbecue Association (GBQA) has been selected to participate in the 2020 edition of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, USA.

The contest is part of a list of activities marking the Memphis In May International Festival which has announced Ghana as the “2020 Honoured Country.” Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 211 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named as Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals worth Traveling For.

Each year, Memphis in May International Festival organizes a trip to explore the honoured country in advance of the May salute for the honoured country. In light of this, Board Chair Charles Ewing and President and CEO James L. Holt and other executives are currently in Ghana to meet with government agencies and institutions ahead of the event.

A barbecue reception yesterday was put together by the GBQA with the support from the National Theatre, Ghana Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to welcome the dignitaries.

Holt in an interview with the media said, “One of the elements of the festival is barbecue; Memphis is the home of barbecue and is recognised worldwide as having some of the best barbecue in anywhere on the planet. Our organization presents the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest each year and is the largest pot barbecue competition in the world.


“We have over 260 competition teams from about 30 to 40 in the United States and about 8 to 12 in foreign countries. One of the items that we are looking at is to select barbecue chef that will represent the Republic of Ghana in the world championship next year.”

President of GBQA, Livingstone Asikoye said, having being for existence a little over a year now, this is a huge achievement for them to be participating in a prestigious competition.

“This is an association that comprises many people from many fields, bankers, teachers, lawyers, students and so on. And if you love fire, fun and friendship, this is the association for you. I am really happy about this opportunity to showcase what we have in Ghana on a global scale and I know we will represent well to make Ghanaians proud,” he said.

The World Barbecue Association Ambassador for Africa and a member of GBQA, Doris Eyram Lumor presented the delegation with GBQA branded welcome scarves and shirts and declared them honorary members of the association. She was thankful that GBQA will be at the world championship

With an ever growing membership, the Ghana Barbecue Association is the local chapter of the World Barbecue Association (WBQA) which seeks to serve as a national platform to promote the Barbecue industry. Ghana serves on the executive council of WBQA.

The association uses the element of fire as an instrument to promote a positive way of life and show respect to all; with the ultimate aim of creating jobs for the youth and boost the local economy.

By: Samuel Obeng Appah (

Ghana has clinched a spot on the Executive Council of the World Barbeque Association (WBQA). Ghana’s election on to the council makes it the first African country to have a representation on the global barbeque body.

The historic decision was made at the recently held WBQA Congress in Malta which was attended by a three man delegation from the Ghana Barbeque Association (GBQA), including Board Chairman, Okatakyie Nana Anim, President Michael Quainoo and Eyram Lumor, member and Ambassador for Africa.

The Ghana Barbeque Association (GBQA) is an affiliate member of the World Barbeque Association which was officially inaugurated on the 14th September, 2018.

The association aims at uniting all people resident in Ghana who have an interest in the sport of barbecue. Like its mother association, GBQA is a nonprofit organization with the motto: Fire, Fun, Friendship and Fun.

It aims at promoting the highest ethical standards for competition and that all our members adhere to our code of conduct.
The association will also aim at promoting the unique styles of BBQ cooking and presentation through our diverse cultural membership of GBQA.

The association supports an eco-green system which includes amongst others, food waste management, recycling and the use of BBQ fuel for barbecue. We will provide training on several levels to enhance the cooking of BBQ as well.


The BBQ World Cup will take place in Torhout on 12 and 13 September. The city of Torhout won the international competition with the support of the Fielesoofen. Of course, the Fielesoofen will throw all their weight and experience, and that is quite a lot, into the balance to make it a fantastic party for participants, visitors, gourmets, organizers and tourists.

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The big BBQ party starts at 11am on Sunday September 13th. You can be part of it as a visitor, participant, sponsor, employee or even as a jury member! 80 teams compete for the title of world champion BBQ.


City center Torhout on and around the Market.

  • 11 am
    Start BBQ party at the Market of Torhout.
  • 6 pm
    Prize giving will take place on the podium on the Markt.


How to participate in the World Cup?
There is room for 80 teams. So the message is to be fast!

There are two obligations for those who want to participate:

  1. Each team must register.
    You can do that by simply filling out the contact form, which you will find here. You will receive a confirmation of the registration.
  2. Every foreign team must be a member of the World BBQ Association.
    Those who are not yet can join here. For Belgian teams it is sufficient to be a member of the Belgian BBQ Association. Those who are not yet can join here.

WBQA judges are also welcome. Together with the hotel, the Belgian organization has put together a special package for WBQA jury members. Judges can register for an overnight stay at: