Blues 'n Cue would work immensely well. It seem a staple of many Southern US events, and in Canada we a) seem drawn to key elements of the American South experience, and b) have just a great contingent of blues bands to draw from (check out the Bearcats from Owen Sound....www.thebearcats.com). In fact why not come to Owen Sound on Oct 22nd, a Thursday evening, for a great blues concert, "Mr. Blues Review" Ah, but I digress.
My point earlier about music and cue, and this is really just for organizers to chew on, on their way to creating a bigger and better CSBBQ, is that structurally, you can physically configure your event so paying customers MUST travel through the competition area to get to the music. It's the best way to expose the uninitiated to the smoke!!!
I was in Murphysboro, Illinois last weekend judging in an MBN contest. They featured a fish fry Thursday night, and what they called the Grand Champion Buffet on Friday night with a street dance. It brought out thousands, in a town of about 9200 (next door to Carbondale, IL and Southern Illinois University, but still........) It was a key way of making money back to offset the costs of the competition, to offset some of the $17,000 in prize money, and so on.
There were far fewer people in the neighbourhood on Saturday during the actual competition itself. Other contests put the music and the 'cue side by side on a site, so that people can enjoy both, and it seems to iniate more folks to the wonders of the smoke.
At North Haverhill, New Hampshire, the people's choice is so successful, that no one goes home with left-over meat (and more money is raised in the process).
Blair, it was nice to meet you and your wife and have some chats, as with so many others, and Squeezy, hanging with you and Pat after it was all over was very relaxing indeed.
Now give me some input........help shine light on my Canadian BBQ ignorance. A simple question. There is, in Whistler BC the self-described Canadian Championship, and there is the Bow River event in Calgary but really, in highly populated southern Ontario, after all I've heard about ribfests (thumbs down, it seems), the failure this year of the Barrie event and so on...........my question becomes at the end of the season..........
if not CSBBQ, then what???
"Barbecue is Murder! Tasty, Tasty murder......"
"PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals"