This Saturday July 16th is the BAY AREA BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP at the Oakland Coliseum, a benefit for foster children hosted by Alternative Family Services. There will be dueling tastings from 32 different competitors (that enough for ya?), including Food Network champions the Bad Boyz of BBQ, the Q Masters, Bad S BBQ (featuring Iron Chef Contestant Ric Gilbert), and the Oakland Fire Department. And, it’s an Oakland A’s double-header. Big day!
Ballgame and BBQ ticket packages are available, or A’s ticket holders can buy BBQ-only passes. Unfortunately due to Coliseum rules, all BBQ Championship entrance and tasting tickets must be purchased in advance online. (And you might want to buy more than the five food/drink tickets that come with admission if you’re a hearty eater.) NO TICKET SALES THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Opens at 9:30am; first pitch at 1:05pm.
Check it out: I have three tickets to give away to one lucky winner (each ticket includes entrance to the event, five BBQ tastes, and tickets to the Oakland A’s double-header, a total value of $48). All you need to do is share your favorite place in the Bay Area to get barbecue on my posting about this event on the tablehopper Facebook page. The deadline to post is Wednesday July 13th at 11:59pm. I will notify the winner on Thursday! Fire it up.