Aug
19
to Aug 20

2016 Oaktown Throwdown

The Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition is a fully-sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society 4-meat barbecue competition (for backyard teams: Chicken, Tri Tip, and Pork Ribs) and it is part of Oakland's hugely popular Art + Soul Festival in Downtown Oakland. 

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Sep
19
2:00pm 2:00pm

SACRAMENTO'S SMOKE ON THE RIVER BBQ COMPETITION

The Sacramento Artists Council, Inc. with its friend and sponsor The Grid Agency is hosting the 2nd Annual Smoke on the River on Saturday, September 19, 2015. Smoke on the River is a fundraiser for The Sacramento Artists Council and will raise money for art programs that assist at-risk children, children of homeless families and fund adopt a school art programs for Sacramento Regional Schools. Smoke on the River is a state championship and Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)sanctioned event. The event will feature a People’s Choice BBQ tasting, People’s Choice for Best Beer and Best Cider, live entertainment and unlimited beer tastings provide by local breweries. 

2015 Confirmed Brewers:
Sierra Nevada
Crabbies
Drakes Brewing Company
Ninkasi Brewing Company
Lagunitas
21st Amendment Brewery
Speakeasy
2 Towns Ciderhouse
Stone Brewing Company
Nectar Creek
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Track 7 Brewing Co.
North Coast Brewing Co.
Schilling Cider
Ace Cider
Boulder Creek Brewery
Central City Brewers

2015 Confirmed Pitmasters:
Bar-B-Qs-2go
Cherry Lane Smokers
Scott Hares
James Blomberg
Son of Smoke
Pirates of the Pig
3 H’s BBQ
RubLovers
Real Good BBQ Company
Pork Daddy’s BBQ
Papa Bob’s Backyard BBQ
Canyon Riders BBQ
Smokin Fat Boys BBQ
Ric’s Righteous Ribs
Loosen Your Belt BBQ
Hog Eat Hog BBQ
2 Rolling Bones
Double Trouble BackYard BBQ
Smokey Luv BBQ
Lipstick on a Pig
Salt and Pepper Pork Pullers
RBQ
MAC BBQ Shack
Pipin Hot Smokers
Cowabunga BBQ
Right on Que
Git R Smoked Catering
Nut2It But 2 Qit
PIG PIMP’N BBQ

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COCHON 555 HERITAGE BBQ IN SAN FRANCISCO (Volunteering)
Sep
12
5:00pm 5:00pm

COCHON 555 HERITAGE BBQ IN SAN FRANCISCO (Volunteering)

COCHON 555 HERITAGE BBQ IN SAN FRANCISCO THE WORLD’S FIRST GLOBAL BBQ EXHIBITION TOUR HITS 5 CITIES

Notable chefs and farmers will spotlight their passion for global BBQ grilling traditions and old world cooking techniques in a hyper-local five-city culinary tour across North America including San Francisco

Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ announces the chef lineup and official venue for their first stop in San Francisco to host this annual friendly competition promoting heritage breed pigs and global grilling cultures. The culinary competition challenges [5] chefs to cook one whole, family farm-raised, heritage pig for a group of 20 notable judges. Chefs have seven days to prepare one whole pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” consisting of 6 dishes scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner in San Francisco will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” and takes home over $3,000 in prizes. In addition to sampling the competitor’s dishes, the all-inclusive ticket includes “BBQ Traditions”, a tasting inside the event where 10 notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite BBQ culture in non-competitive spirit. If you love global flavors and star-studded culinary events, this educational event is like a top chef classroom including grilling-styles like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asador, Braai from Africa, Char Siu, Caja China, Churrasco, Barbacoa, as well as regional American BBQ styles from Texas to Kansas City.

Magnolia Brewery at Dogpatch will be the Official Host and Exclusive Brewery of Heritage BBQ, this year’s competing chefs include Dennis Lee of Smokestack / Namu Gaji, Geoff Davis of The Dock, Michael Rafidi of RN74, Nicolai Lipscomb of The Battery, and John Madriaga of Spruce. Each chef will be given a 180 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A group of respected judges including Dave McLean of Magnolia Brewery, David Bazirgan of Dirty Habit, and Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen will be led by Brady Lowe in selecting the winner. Non-competing chefs cooking BBQ Traditions include Jason Wittek of Stem, Jeffrey Weiss of jeninni kitchen and Joshua Schwartz of Del Dotto.

As North America’s only “World’s Fair of Global BBQ”, guests will have the chance to pair spectacular wines, brews, cider and spirits with globally inspired BBQ dishes. The tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support responsibly raised animals from local farmers. Participation of chefs, partners, consumers and media help create motivation for the BBQ restaurants to support the hyper-local movement and give us something we can sink our teeth into, honest food from real farmers.

The all-inclusive stand up tasting event features 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig, “pop-up” culinary experiences, premium wines, artisan cheeses, sustainable seafood, hand-crafted spirits, fine cocktails, and a very impressive selection of whiskies, ryes and bourbon. The stunning lineup of sponsors behind this celebration of heritage species include Williams-Sonoma’s local butcher demo, WilsonArt’s “Perfect Manhattan Experience” featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, Hirsch and Luxardo cherries, Magnolia Brewing Co, Common Cider, Creekstone Farms, Krave Jerky, Creminelli Fine Meats, California Olive Ranch and La Brea Bakery. A portion of the proceeds always benefit the local culinary school while building opportunities for local food producers. All tickets include endless drinks and tons of food and are limited to only 250 tickets per event.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring Heritage BBQ to San Francisco for the first time and pay tribute to global cultures by consuming local food the way BBQ was intended to be. Today’s BBQ restaurant doesn’t give us a choice to buy local, safe food with our hard-earned money and we’re on a mission to change that by hosting incredible events that honor the greatest social traditions on the planet, cooking over fire. This event returns the BBQ conversation to the original context of local meats, cooked with native spices, over fires and shared with a community. Therefore, the event will tilt the scales back towards creating long-term relationships for family farms and big protein buyers like BBQ restaurants. It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when standing at the counter.” explains Brady Lowe. “We are standing right there with them, promoting honest food and a choice to buy safe food.”

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Aug
1
2:00pm 2:00pm

OAKLAND'S OAKTOWN THROWDOWN BBQ COMPETITION

Oaktown Throwdown BBQ competition returns for 2015! 
 

40 professional and backyard pit masters will rise to the challenge for the return of this fully sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition. The Throwdown is also a California BBQ Association “Team of the Year” competition.
 
They will compete for cash prizes and the honor of being awarded “Grand Champion.” Many of these professionals are multi-award winning chefs from other regional barbeque competitions. They hail from Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, St. Helena, Pleasanton and beyond.  
 
Created by barbecue aficionado and Bike East Bay staffer Dave Campbell, the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition will include “You-Be-the-Judge” People’s Choice Awards, a whole hog roast and sales of barbeque-related merchandise. And the best part… hot-off-the-grill samples from seasoned professionals. To find out which pit masters are sampling, look for a “BBQ Sample” flag.

Art + Soul's food vendors feature a spectacular selection of cuisines from around the world. Let your taste buds travel the world by choosing from any of the high quality food vendors in the festival.

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