By Brittany Whitley
Beneath clear blue skies and sunny weather, Farmview Market held the annual Southern Classic BBQ Competition last Saturday which featured music, crafts, and of course, local southern-style barbecue. Close to 4,000 barbeque-lovers gathered to delight in a variety of finger-licking-good meats offered at this past Saturday’s competition. Twenty-seven teams faced off to earn cook up various BBQ dishes, including chicken, pork, and beef tips. After hours of attendees taste-testing tender barbeque dishes, two groups were named the winners for their perfected recipes. Pots BBQ took home the grand prize of $2,000 and Southern Smokehouse BBQ won People’s Choice.
Grill masters from all walks of life grilled like their lives depended on it, producing some of their best flavorful BBQ for the competition’s three featured meat categories: chicken, pork ribs, and beef tri-tips. Pig and Oak dominated the chicken round, while Pots and BBQ mastered the pork ribs and beef tri-tip categories, first place winners took home $500 and an engraved award.
The event sold out of tickets immediately and maxed out of competitor slots many weeks prior to Saturday. Marketing Coordinator, Laura Rotroff, comments on the competition’s success, “We didn’t know how much to anticipate since this was the first year we sampled. The response was overwhelming! Next year, we will prepare accordingly.”
“We loved that our guests turned out for this event! They were excited to meet the competitors, learn their stories, and sample their BBQ,” Rotroff exclaimed. “The sampling and People’s Choice added a new, fun element to the competition.”
Festival attendees were able to purchase BBQ plates from competitors while enjoying an afternoon of family-friendly fun at Farmview Market in Madison.
“We had a great day, and hosted more guests than we’ve ever had,” said Laura Rotroff, public relations director for Kelly’s Products, which owns Farmview Market. “This year guests were
able to sample competitors’ BBQ and this added a new, fun element to the competition. We can’t wait for next year when we’ll go bigger and better!”
Guests of Saturday’s competition were not only well fed, but well entertained. Farmview Market booked several local musical acts to liven up the festival.
Kickin’ Grass, a local bluegrass band, performed at the festival. According to Farmview Market, “They will surely lift your spirits whether you’ve had your morning coffee or not.”
One-man-band David Court performed, too, playing a harmonica, mountain dulcimer and foot tambourine. “He has been playing at outdoor festivals and open-air markets all over north Georgia for the past seven years,” said a statement by Farmview Market. “His repertoire consists of Celtic fiddle tunes, American folk music and songs from the 60’s and 70’s. Whether playing on stage or while walking among the crowd his energetic tuneswill get you moving.”
Andy and Amanda, who started out in Suwanee, GA, give “live performances that feature expressive harmonies and Americana-infused songs. Their musical influences include Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and June Carter, and Elvis Presley.”
Rob Vincent & The Nightwatchmen closed out the festival with their debut performance. “Lead singer, Rob Agocs, is from Tucker, Ga., where he grew up admiring Tom Petty and Butch Walker. Now based out of Atlanta, the acoustic band will be performing covers as well as some originals to end the day on a high note.”