Bad Ass Barbecue pit boss Dave McKay with his team’s 25-foot custom cooker, built in East Texas. There were 32 teams competing in the annual Canadian festival of chili and BBQ at the Cascades casino in Langley City this weekend. The event is the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

VIDEO: Biggest barbecue contest in Canada underway in Langley

Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ at Cascades casino

The 31st annual Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue in Langley City drew crowds to the Cascades Casino Resort on Fraser Highway near 203 Street.

The two-day weekend contest is the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ contest in Canada and the Pacific Northwest, drawing competitors from across Canada and the U.S.

There were 25 chili cooks and 35 barbecue cooks vying for top honours in several categories, including the The Canadian International CASI Chili Championships on Saturday, and the BC BBQ Championships on Sunday.

“It is a phenomenal place, a phenomenal smell, it’s a phenomenal taste,” said Fred Roycroft, event spokesperson.

“You are not going to find a better place to be.”

Samples were available to the public.

For a minimum $5 donation to the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund at the festival entrance, visitors could receive a sampling wristband and a bowl of Firehouse Chili on Saturday or a sampling wristband and a Pumper Pulled Pork sandwich on Sunday by donating.

Richard Anweiler came in from New Westminster to sample the entries.

“It’s a great barbecaue,” Anweiler said.

“It’s all good. There wasn’t one thing I didn’t enjoy.”

Cooking demonstrations and vendors were also on site.

Winners qualify for top U.S. barbecue contests, including the Terlingua International Chili Cookoff in Terlingua, Texas , the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbeque in Lynchburg, Tennessee, the American Royal in Kansas City, Kansas and the SCA World Steak Championships – Fort Worth, Texas



dan.ferguson@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Wayne Fettback of Langley conducts a quick taste test of his chili at the two-day Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue at the Cascades Casino, Hotel and Convention Centre in Langley City. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Dawn Hendrickson and Kali Deans were making sushi with venison. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Just Posted

Spartans squeak out pre-season soccer victory in Oregon

Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team plays in Washington today, then at home on Saturday night.

Langley woman’s graduation marks expansion of PTSD service dog program

Delta-based B.C. and Alberta Guide Dogs Society and Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs merging to service to more veterans

Bevy of remarkable birthdays celebrated in Aldergrove

Maudie MacPherson (age 101), Vera Banner (91) and Alice Utas (95)

Take-home naloxone may be replacing 911 calls in parts of Lower Mainland

Naloxone kits handed out up 29% over 2017, ambulance calls and emergency visits down 22-24%, deaths hold steady

Pond hockey banned in public parks under updated Township bylaw

Public spaces bylaw imposes new restrictions on smoking, possession of drug paraphernalia, geocaching and more

PHOTOS: B.C. city wakes up to darkness under wildfire smoke

The rest of the province also dealing with thick haze as smoky skies continue

VIDEO: World of Magic coming to Vancouver

Seven magic shows will appear at the Vancouver Playhouse from September 7 to 9

Safeway union urgest rejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Fire chases B.C. crews out of their own camp

Crews in Burns Lake had to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

VIDEO: RibFest kicks off in Langley

Free event features barbecue ribs, chicken, pork and brisket from Canada’s top rib artists

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

‘Disjointed’ system hinders British Columbia First Nations in wildfire fight

More than 550 wildfires were burning in B.C. and crews were bracing for wind and dry lightning

Most Read