June is the month of ‘Fathers’ Day’. Acknowledging that day, kicking off the Washington Culture Fest and the beginning of the outdoor cooking season, the Washington Farmers’ Market has issued it’s 10th annual Smoker/BarB-Q Challenge to be held the Thursday June 26th. The challenge goes out to all local grill/barbecue/smoker chefs and is to be what you might consider fixing in your back yard for a weekend get together or just enjoying the outdoors. Whether called grilling, smoking or barbecuing; using charcoal, wood or gas; marinades, sauces, rubs, dips or jerks; pork, beef, poultry, lamb, vegetables or fruit they’re all eligible. Each participant will prepare their chosen specialty, downtown in Central Park. The entry is to be finished cooking, attractively displayed and ready to be scrutinized at 6pm. Results and observations of the designated judges as to general appeal, taste and originality will be given just before the evening
entertainment at 6:30pm. All entries are welcome; whether appetizers, main meal or dessert, grilled smoked or barbecued, meat, vegetable or fruit, simple or intricate. The challenge is open to all levels of expertise; past contests have included County Fair Champions, beginners and back yard enthusiasts, fixing brats, ribs, loins, game birds, pizza, zucchini, chops, chicken. To join in call 653-4888, or ask for information at the Farmers’ Market. At stake are bragging rights, a chance to share the fun and demonstrate your special style. Join as a participant or onlooker- and as always there’s samples to try!