Thanks to everyone who participated in our first Tom Friday’s BBQ & BREW OFF Contest!
We had quite a challenge getting it together and it turned out great despite set-backs. Our two home brewers, Eric and Adam, were so encouraged and happy with the turn out that they are already talking about putting together another home brew Oktoberfest this year!
In addition, Stephen K, our main champ in BBQ got an overwhelming applause by all those who were able to get their hands on his homemade Seoul City Chicken. Thanks & Congrats Stephen!
Sadly, we had a few last-minute contestant cancellations and I tried to improvise to fulfill everyone’s BBQ needs by providing BBQ Tofu and Tom Friday’s BBQ Chicken Deli cuts on the donated kaiser buns from Breadworks. Thanks so much Breadworks! And so sorry to everyone expecting more BBQ. We hope next year others will be able to participate and everyone will be available to keep their commitments!
I was a little late for the follow up on the July event, this project has been a whirl-wind of meeting great folks, getting to know my community, and preparing for more future events and collaborations! Here are a few photos from early set up before I got swept away in the contest. Thanks for understanding and look forward to the next one!
California Markets: BBQ & Brew Off
BREADWORKS! Thanks for donating buns for our contest!!!
View from the BBQ & BREW OFF ticket Table
Highway Robbery Vintage set up and ready to style!
Style Truck Setting Up
Enter, the Style Truck dude!
Get ready for some tantalizing tastes from Brighton Heights!
Here’s our list of locals who are ready to fire it up and pour it out for us during Tom Friday’s BBQ & BREW OFF:
Steel City Chicken from Hampton’s International BBQ.
Seoul City Chicken from Stephen Sakalik
Berry Spicy Tofu from Stephanie Stauffer
Original Home Brew by Adam Hnatkovich
Kiwi and Blueberry Brew by Hendreyo’s Brewing
Various varities donated by Rivertowne Brewing
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF OUR CONTESTANTS!
Thanks for the press Bob Blatz Jr. Hope everyone enjoys the contestants’ fine work tomorrow!
Sign-up to be a BBQ or Brew-off Contestant
NEW! ONLINE FORM HERE
It is free to sign-up. You are responsible to purchase all of your food, drink, and sampling materials (plates, cups, napkins) as well as, a table and chair for you to sit on. We recommend bringing your portable charcoal grill, though this is not required. We also recommend considering how best to sample your products, especially the messy ones… err, we mean the, mmm finger-licking good types, so that you have enough to last you through a good portion of the day.
We will stop public voting when the first participant runs out or within the third hour of sampling, whichever comes first. So, hit up Tom Friday’s for all the meat you can handle!
Vegetarian, Vegan, and RAW BBQ enthusiasts are also invited to sign-up, supply our herbivores some deliciousness, and educate the omnivores about alternative ways of eating. We will make a secondary category if there are more than 3 participants.
Participants are prohibited from selling any of their products unless they are appropriately licensed to do so. If you are a licensed food/drink vendor and wish to sell your product, please fill out our vendor form instead.
Because alcohol will be available in our designated BBQ & Brew Off area, we are limited in space, so we encourage you to sign-up early and reserve your spot today! We will have a waiting list. All participants need to be confirmed by 7/11 or your space will be given to another.
This will be open to a public jury, with honorary judge, Tom Friday, announcing the winners and prizes.