Crowds gathered on a sunny September day in 2012 for the annual BBQ on the Bypass. This year

Crowds gathered on a sunny September day in 2012 for the annual BBQ on the Bypass. This year

Annual BBQ moves off the Bypass

Popular summer barbecue sampling event now includes a bake-off

One of the tastiest events of the year is moving off the Bypass.

The ninth annual Well Seasoned BBQ Off The Bypass event returns Sunday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a brand new location (#117-20353-64 Ave.).

The event is free to the public with live music, unique displays, tasty vendors and delicious barbecue samples.

Angie Quaale, owner of Well Seasoned gourmet food store in Langley, first introduced BBQ On the Bypass in 2005 as a way to unite grilling enthusiasts in a quest for ultimate barbeque, while also exciting the tastebuds of those who haven’t experienced a real barbecue.

“We are really excited about our store’s new location and the move of BBQ on the Bypass to there,” said Quaale.

“There is so much more access to parking and it’s going to be a great barbecue event again this year.”

Each year, thousands come out to taste the slow-cooked, melt-in-your-mouth barbecue.

“We are still the only free barbecue event in North America,” said Quaale.

Dedicated teams from across North America gather to compete for the best smoking good meat in the following five categories: chicken, brisket, ribs, pork butt, and an open choice.

Since 2008, winning teams have qualified to compete in international renowned barbecue competitions, such as the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational.

This year Kelly and Kathleen McIntosh will serve as the sanctioning representatives from the Kansas City BBQ Society, who will oversee the judges that select the ultimate winners.

Teams are competing for $5,000 in cash and prizes as well as a chance at an invitation to compete in the Jack Daniel’s World Championship in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

“There’s no doubt this year’s barbecue  event will be even more smoking hot than previous years,” said Quaale.

“Having a new location off the Bypass only means one thing: We are now able  to host a full two-day competition and accommodate the fast-growing number of barbecue enthusiasts from all over North America.”

This means competitors can now set up their barbecues and get smoking early on Saturday to allow for that slow cooking and have it ready for competition and the public on Sunday.

For those with a sweet tooth, the annual Great BC Bake-Off will also take place, with three  categories of competition: fruit pies, open, and butter tarts.