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  • Oaktown Throwdown Jefferson and 12th Oakland, CA USA (map)

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.