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Fire up the barbecue: Blue Mountains hosts international competition

The inaugural Blue Mountains Chili Ribfest will debut at Cedar Run Horse Park near Thornbury, July 8th, 9th and 10th.

At the same time, the 27th Annual Blue Mountains Chili Cookoff will once again take place--and this year, is partnering with Ontario's first-ever internationally sanctioned barbecue competition.

The new event incorporates one of the region's great culinary traditions, the 27th annual Chili Cookoff. The same traditional rules and regulations will be in force for all competitors, based on the world's oldest annual competition, the original Terlingua International Frank X. Tolbert -Wick Fowler Memorial Championship Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas.

First place will win the Ontario Provincial Championship and will receive up to $500 toward expenses to travel to the November competition in Texas.

The initial Clarksburg Thornbury National BBQ Championship is themed "Smokin' for Gold" and is being held strictly in keeping with rules and regulations established by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts.

KCBS annually sanctions nearly 300 contests across the U.S. and has more than 14,000 members worldwide. The KCBS sanctions a BBQ competition by providing the most respected form of judging and scoring in the world of BBQ.

More than $8,000 in prize money will be up for grabs across four categories: Ribs, Pork, Chicken and Brisket. Already 10 world-class teams of "ribbers" from across Canada and the US have signed up.

They'll converge on Thornbury, a picturesque village just west of Collingwood, ON, with their award-winning sauces, rubs, marinades and secret, succulent cooking techniques.

The delectable weekend will also feature the region's first-ever Whole Hog BBQ Championship, in association with the Canadian Southern BBQ Association (CSBBQ).

The competition is open to all members of the general public for a fee of $250 with each entrant provided with a 100 lb. pig, courtesy of primary sponsor Willowgrove Hill farms.

Up to $2,000 in prize money will be available. For more information on entries and rules, go to

Southern Ontario BBQ and chili lovers have never had such an outstanding opportunity to experience a food festival of this caliber.

In addition, the Blue Mountains Chili Ribfest will offer amusement rides, games, an arts and crafts marketplace ...and fun for the entire family!

Entertainment each afternoon and evening will be provided at the Music Stage along with a Friday Feast and a Sunday Supper.

Added to all this will be weekend-long Rib and Chili Tastings, a Food Vendors Court, Farmers Market, and music all weekend long from outstanding bands to be named shortly -stay tuned !!!

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