Gastown BBQ & Chili Fest Winners

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This past weekend I participated in the 3rd Annual Gastown BBQ & Chili Festival as one of the celebrity judges, I also had an opportunity to sample much of the fare during the weekend. It was Barbq madness creating a packed house at this outdoor festival on Carrall Street. Featuring 12 restaurants competing against each other, hosted by The Blarney Stone.

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe'

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

 

The winners were:

Overall Champion

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

3rd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Ribs:

1st Place Winner: Calabash Bistro

2nd Place Winner: The Charles Bar

Best Wings:

1st Place Winner: Deacon’s Corner

2nd Place Winner: The Hastings Warehouse

Best Brisket:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Chili:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Best Side:

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: Gringo

Best Pig Roast

1st Place Winner: Railtown Cafe’

2nd Place Winner: The Blarney Stone

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Cullin David of Calabash Bistro

Chef Brendan - The Irish Heather

Chef Brendan – The Irish Heather

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Chefs from The Charles Bar

Best Corn Bread from The  Railtown Cafe

Best Corn Bread from The Railtown Cafe

The restaurants served up a menu of brisket, wings, chili and more featuring: The Blarney Stone, Chill Winston, The Irish Heather, TUC Craft Kitchen. Lamplighter, Peckinpah, Gringo, The Hastings Warehouse, Calabash, The Charles Bar, Deacon’s Corner, Railtown Café and Stateside Craft.

The Deep End (band)

The Deep End (band)

The event was Hosted by Joe Leary who also judged along with Richard Wolak (Vancouver Foodster), Chef Quang Dang (West Restaurant), Jason Garrison (NHL), Georgia Simmerling (Canadian Ski Cross Team), Angus Reid (BC Lions), and Jordan Harvey (Whitecaps). Music was provided by a few bands including The Deep End which were terrific, I missed closing headliner Bend Sinister.

By: Richard Wolak