Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! The Similkameen is about to name a new Similkameen BBQ King! The annual Similkameen BBQ King event will be held on Saturday, July 11th from 5-9pm at the historic Grist Mill & Gardens in Keremeos. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where featured chefs from the Okanagan and Similkameen compete for the coveted title of Similkameen BBQ King or Queen.
Caroline Cottrill, President of the Similkameen Wineries Association explained, “We invite you to enjoy an extraordinary evening with award-winning Similkameen wines and ciders and the distinguished chefs who are vying for the title of Similkameen BBQ King 2015. This truly unique Similkameen wine and food experience is a competition where our featured chefs will create unique dishes for you using organic ingredients from local farmers in the heart of Canada’s organic capital. Each chef receives an identical basket of ingredients, yet each chef prepares those ingredients into remarkably different dishes.”
The first hour of the event, from 5-6pm, will feature tastings from our Similkameen wineries and cidery. And then the competition will begin at 6pm! Cottrill continued, “This year, we wanted to really showcase our local restaurants as well, so we added a second competition – a small bites competition. Each local chef competing in our small bites competition will also have a winery or cidery paired with them.”
After you enjoy each dish, you will get the opportunity to cast your vote for the best wine and food pairing of the night for both the Similkameen BBQ King competing chefs and the small bites competing chefs!