A new venue but the same fantastic event was Wine Country Big Q. This was a fundraiser for a special organization; Sonoma County Vet Connect. This organizations purpose is; " Veterans helping Veterans Group formed to assist veterans in locating the services they have earned during their military service.". The bbq community is participating with a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned competition. We were privileged to judge this event. The event this year was held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. We would like to share a couple of images with you.
The public purchased tasting tickets to sample competition style bbq. There also was bacon theme desserts available throughout the event. How could I resist this cream filled, chocolate cupcake with caramel icing, caramel glaze and topped with candied bacon. I have to admit they did add a little extra candied bacon for this Mad Meat Genius.
The weather was very pleasant with slight winds and the thermometer dancing in the 70's. This beautiful day was perfect to enjoy bbq and stroll the grounds. Local vendors were selling mustard (Brown Dog Mustard a personnel favorite), rubs, hot sauces, and crafts. You have to take a gander at the 'Wheel of Meat" pictured below.
Congratulations to our good friends the Galiste's of the competition team 'Son of Smoke' for winning the Grand Champion of the day. It was wonderful participating in Wine Country Q. We had a great time and were able to help the Veterans. It does not get any better than this. I leave you with this clip from a Jimi Hendrix tribute band that performed at the festival. Good times!