Farmview Market put a new spin on their second annual BBQ Competition, which was held on Saturday, Aug. 25, offering attendees the opportunity to sample the competing entries.
“We so appreciate the support of the community,” said Farmview marketing and communications manager Laura Rotroff. “Our goal is to put on events people love and provide great experiences and good local food. This event provided all of those things. People love meeting the competing teams, learning their stories and sampling their food.”
Twenty seven BBQ competitors filled the space next to the Farmview pavilion to vie for the judges’ and people’s votes. In total, 3,433 sampling tickets were sold during this year’s event. “We sold out an hour into the event,” Rotroff said. “We didn’t know how much to anticipate since this year was the first year we sampled. The response was overwhelming. Next year, we will prepare accordingly.”
This year’s crowd was the biggest Farmview has experienced, and they are already preparing to make next year’s competition bigger and better. As attendees purchased and sampled various types of barbeque, their tickets were used to score the first ever People’s Choice Award, which was awarded to Southern Smokehouse BBQ. The contestants battled it out in three categories of meat: chicken, pork ribs and beef tri-tip.
In the chicken category, Pig & Oak took first place, Rise & Swine took second and Pot’s BBQ took third place. In the pork ribs division, Pot’s BBQ took first place, Bruce Wang took second and Chattahoochee Que took third place. In the beef tri tip class, Pot’s BBQ took first place, Chattahoochee Que took second and Funky Que took third place.
Due to its many awards in the respective categories, Madison’s own Pot’s BBQ took home the grand prize. Attendees at the event were also treated to live music under the pavilion by Kickin’ Grass, David Court, Andy & Amanda and Rob Vincent & The Nightwatchmen. The weekly farmers market also attracted a lot of visitors during the competition; people strolled through locally grown produce and purchased hand-made products.