BBQ Events: The Harpoon Championship of New England Barbecue
I've never cut and paste a press release into the blog before, but I don't see any need to rewrite this. The Harpoon Championship of New England Barbecue is one of my favorite events, but unfortutnately I'm unable to attend this year. If you are say within a 3 hour drive of Windsor, VT - you need to check this out.
Here's the scoop...
BEER. BBQ. BANDS.
This is a festival unlike any other - 42 competitive barbecue teams from all over New England slow cooking meat for hours upon hours - at our brewery in Windsor, VT. And there's Harpoon beer....lots and lots of Harpoon beer. The festival, which will also feature live local bands, the Strongman exhibition, BBQ University, and brewer-led brewery tours, will be held this Saturday and Sunday.
And don't forget, the festival is very family-friendly.Here are the details:
Saturday, July 25 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm (entrance closes at 6:30 pm)
The Harpoon Brewery
Door charge is $10.00 per person.
ABOUT THE BBQ COMPETITION:
On Saturday, Officials certified by the Kansas City Barbecue Society judge barbecue in four different categories: chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket. The judging starts at 12 noon on July 25 and is followed by a 4:00 pm award ceremony, where the Harpoon New England Grand Champion will be announced. This Grand Champion qualifies for the nation's ultimate barbecue competition, the Kansas City Royal. Some of the BBQ teams will be selling a wide variety of hot delicious BBQ.
On Sunday, the event shifts to the Harpoon Summer Sizzler BBQ Competition, where competing teams will submit entries in four different categories: fish, lamb, beef, and Chef's Choice with Harpoon beer. KCBS-certified judges will again determine the champion. The 2008 Harpoon Summer Sizzler Champion All Q'd Up will be back this year to defend their crown.
SUNDAY FRIEND OF HARPOON SPECIAL
Present your Friend of Harpoon Card at the entrance on Sunday of the BBQ Championships and receive TWO for ONE admission! You must have your Friend of Harpoon card and your guest with you when you pay for your admission to get this deal. You and your guest will both receive admission and a beer/soda ticket for the price of one admission. Sunday ONLY!
FRESH BEER, GREAT BBQ, AND LIVE BANDS! SOUNDS GOOD - WHAT ELSE?
You (and all of the other visitors to the Harpoon Championships) will get to place your vote to determine the winner of the Best Booth Competition, sponsored by White River Toyota . Your mission is to check out all of the BBQ team booths and tell us which one you like the most. You can choose your favorite theme, your favorite logo, or your favorite decorations....any way you want to decide, just tell us your favorite. Very simple. The BBQ Team that gets the most votes will win $500.
The winner will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at 4 PM.
The event will be held rain or shine (if anyone has any say over the matter, we'd prefer shine, please). Tickets are not sold in advance. Visit our web site for the band schedule and directions to the Brewery.
We will throw open the gates at 12 noon on Saturday, July 25 and Sunday, July 26 for the most finger-licking, thirst-quenching event of the entire summer. Hope to see you this weekend!
Your Friends at Harpoon