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North Market Grillmasters Festival 2011

North Market will celebrate its sixth Grillmasters Festival over Memorial Day Weekend. The Saturday and Sunday event will emphasize grilling, techniques and sauces as well as putting a little bite into your recipes with spices and hot sauces. The North Market Grillmasters Festival will take place May 28 and 29 and feature special barbeque and fiery foods vendors, cooking demonstrations, culinary contests, live music and entertainment for the kiddies.

Our regular farmers’ market will take place on Saturday and be augmented by special barbeque and fiery foods vendors including Aimee’s Blue Ribbon Spices, Black Swamp Gourmet, Crazy Uncle Jesters Inferno World, Heartbreaking Dawns, Ole Ray’s Sauces, Patter Fam Sauces, Race City Sauceworks, Silver Bridge Coffee Company and Urban Chefs. The vendors will be present Saturday and Sunday where you can see them in action along with local chefs at our grilling demonstrations that will boast a host of flavorful grilling recipes. Attendees are invited to watch as recipes are prepared, taste what the presenters have created and take tips to go home and try out on the grill.

On Saturday, customers are invited to demonstrate their BBQ prowess in an Amateur Barbeque Sauce Contest that will be judged by local BBQ sauce makers. First prize is $50 in North Market gift certificates. Returning in the “professional” category is the popular, “Thrilla at the Grilla.” A trio chefs are given their own hibachis and charcoal then use their imagination as far as what they whip up on the grill. Our discerning judges will choose a champion and the public can taste their creations. The winner will take home the title “Baron of Barbeque” and $200 in North Market gift certificates. On Sunday the activities of the day will commence with an amateur Salsa Fresca Contest with another winner taking home $50 in North Market gift certificates.

Grillmasters Festival Schedule of Activities
Saturday, May 28
• 8 a.m., Farmers Market opens
• 9 – 11 a.m., music by Ira Chaiffetz
• 9 a.m., Cooking demonstration David MacLennan of Latitude 41
• 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Face Painting by Rita
• 10 a.m., Amateur BBQ Sauce Contest
• 11 a.m., Cooking demonstration by Andy Fields of Due Amici
• 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., Columbus Dog Connection with adoptable dogs
• 12 p.m., Thrilla at the Grilla, three chefs face off for the title “BBQ Master”
• 1 – 3 p.m., music by Loosely Strung
• 3 – 5 p.m., music by the Shaw Brothers
• 1 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Jim Budros, co-founder of City BBQ
• 2 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Heartbreaking Dawns
• 3 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Race City Sauce Works
• 4 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Patter Fam Sauces

Sunday, May 29
• 12 p.m., North Market and outdoor vendors open
• 12 – 2 p.m., music by One More Time String Band
• 12 – 3 p.m., Mark Wood’s Cowboy Fun Show
• 12: 30 p.m., Salsa Fresca Contest
• 1:15 p.m., Cooking demonstration by Brian Cook, Columbus Brewing Company
• 2 p.m., Cooking demonstration John Hard, CaJohn’s Flavor & Fire
• 2 – 4 p.m., music by the Folkwood Players
• 2:45 p.m., Cooking demonstration by TBD
• 3:30 p.m., Cooking demonstration TBD

The North Market Grillmasters Festival is a free event on Saturday, May 28 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 29 from 12 – 5 p.m. For more information or to enter the BBQ Sauce or Salsa Fresca contests, please call the North Market at (614) 463-9664 or email info@northmarket.com.

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