What: Canadian National Barbecue Championships
When: Aug. 3-4
Bluegrass and barbecue are coming to Dustys.
Bluegrass band Fargo, which features Pemberton musician "Bongo" Rich Doucette, have been playing at Dustys and Vancouvers Copper Tank in Kitsilano throughout the year. Theyll be performing on the deck at Dustys during the Canadian National Barbecue Championships Aug. 3-4.
Locals are getting revved up for the taster event, including wordsman and barabecue guy G.D. Maxwell.
When asked whether barbecuing is a sport or hobby, Maxwell quips " its an obsession. A philosophy. A religion. Barbecue is God."
Is barbecuing really the ultimate culinary North American entertainment?
"No. Maybe. Yer either fer it or against it. If yer fer it, there isn't anything better," he adds.
Whistler-Blackcombs Tony Wayland and Dustys chef Kathy Monk have spearheaded the event.
"I hope visitors get an appreciation of barbecuing and learn how to prepare and turn otherwise fair pieces of meat into really good meat," says Wayland.
"We want to encourage people about the fun of barbecuing, and it should be a great family affair."
Meat inspection for the competition is at 4 p.m. on Saturday, and teams whip out their tongs and lighters a few hours later.
"I think the weekend event takes a couple different levels it goes from being a hobby to a sport," adds Wayland.
Judging takes place at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
There will also be a backyard barbecue competition, where anyone in Whistler can show off their expertise over the briquettes or wood no propane.
Four categories, including beef brisket, pork ribs, pork butt and chicken spice up the event.