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Call for Contestants!

Posted by alisamanjarrez on Mar 07, 2011
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Calling all grill meisters (misters?) masters!

Remember last year’s meat festival at Kearney Park? We gathered, we grilled, and after the plates were cleared, Travis Sheridan gloated a little. He was named judges’ choice for 2010 Tri-Tip King. Kiel Famellos-Schmidt won the popular vote.

It’s hard to believe that’s been almost a year. Which means that it’s time to do it again!

Here’s what we all know: tri-tip is awesome. And here in the Central Valley, we love to brag about it, so we’re bringing back the Tri-tip Cook-off to honor the slab of meat.

Here’s something else we know: the best tri-tip is often made by those around us—our dads (or moms), friends, siblings (or maybe by you and me). The cook-off will feature 12 non-professional competitors, each ready to show us that they know how to handle their meat.

The main event will be held at the San Joaquin Parkway and Trust on April 2, from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Judging will take place at 11:30 a.m., followed by sampling. If you think your tri-tip is notable, keep reading. If you just want to come out just to eat, RSVP!

How to Enter:

The first 12 contestants to sign up will be enrolled to compete (after 12, we’ll create a wait list). Contestants must be 16 years of age or older, and must provide their own grill to be used on-site.

Entry fee: $25 | Sign up online (Sorry, sign-ups are closed now!)

Deets on the Meat:

Each contestant will be provided one to two tri-tips from Whole Foods Market Fresno.  For health reasons, meat must be prepared on-site—park gates will open at 8:00 a.m. You’ll bring your own spices, seasoning, utensils and secret weapons, as needed.

The Cook-off:

A panel of judges will judge the tri-tip on taste, texture, and presentation, with an emphasis on flavor. As the judges submit their ratings, each contestant must provide samples for the People’s Choice section of the competition.

Prizes:

A king or queen will be “aproned” and shown off to the community. Further prize details will be released closer to the event.

There are a few more details in the works. We’ll fill you in a little closer to the event.

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Kiel (not verified)  |  Tue, 2011-03-08 12:12

I'll be defending my title.

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Travis Sheridan (not verified)  |  Tue, 2011-03-08 13:21

I'll be defending MY title.

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Mark (not verified)  |  Thu, 2011-03-10 12:24

Crockpot tri-tip? Gas grill? Watch out guys, a new hombre is coming to town. :)

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-14 16:46

You can also pre-purchase tickets at http://tritip.eventbrite.com.

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Tari Pie  |  Tue, 2011-03-15 10:59

I'm supposed to be out of town that weekend, so I can't enter to cook.(Another Scottish Games) But, if we are here, can I purchase tickets to eat there?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Tue, 2011-03-15 11:08

Yes, the link I posted right there is actually for event attendees! Sorry for the confusion. Hope you can make it! :-)

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Tari Pie  |  Tue, 2011-03-15 11:15

Sorry, I wasn't very clear. What I meant was - Can we buy them at the park?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Tue, 2011-03-15 11:19

Oh! Yes, you can.

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Tari Pie  |  Tue, 2011-03-15 11:24

Cool! Thanks!

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alex (not verified)  |  Mon, 2011-03-21 15:18

do you have a time limit?? how fast the tri tip much be done

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alex (not verified)  |  Mon, 2011-03-21 15:21

i meant must be done

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-21 17:19

Hi Alex, you can arrive at the park as early as 8am. Judging will take place at 11:30.

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 14:24

I just signed up and it said boom your signed up we will see you on the 15th? I thought it was on the 2nd?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 14:26

Oh no! Thanks for bringing that to our attention, Louis. We will see you on APRIL 2! :-)

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 14:51

How man spots are still open?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 14:54

Looks like we have two or three left!

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 15:27

Just wondering, why is it only open to 12 contestants? Why not more?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 15:33

Actually, we've been talking about that this afternoon after you asked! We're already at 12, so we're opening it up today. We have some really great prizes ($100 grand prize, aprons, trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, another great prize for the People's Choice winner), and we want to be able to give them all out to deserving contestants!

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jamescollier  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 15:43

I'll add to Alisa's comment, Louis - we started this last year, and we think it has potential to be a large event for the Valley, but we didn't want to bite off more than we could chew, so to speak :-)

We had seven competitors last year, and about 75 people - small, but family friendly and fun for all involved. This year, we expect about twice the audience. We limited the number of contestants at first, but we may open it up if there's more interest.

Looking forward to meeting you on April 2!

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 15:39

Great, I have been waiting for something like this in the fresno area, I will let all my friends know that it is open to more people.

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Wed, 2011-03-23 15:50

James- I have two more people who are planning on singing up tonight, we hold tri tip cook offs at my house about three times a year and have been discussing trying to put together something larger, so this is perfect. Do you guys belong to a group of some kind that is putting this on?

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Louis Girard (not verified)  |  Fri, 2011-03-25 12:49

Alisa how many competitors are signed up now?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:36

The number is fluctuating between 16 and 18 as of right now.

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:36

The number is fluctuating between 16 and 18 as of right now.

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dee dee kost (not verified)  |  Sat, 2011-03-26 12:19

hi. are you taking any more contestants? and do we simply pay at the gate to attend? is there a contact tel #? thanks dee dee

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:39

Hi, Dee Dee. You can give me a call at the office at 892-1704. We are no longer accepting contestants. I am waiting for confirmation on an additional tri-tip order. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list, I have a list going. On Wednesday, I will be letting those who are on the waiting list know if they will have a spot or not. And yes, you may pay at the gate to attend.

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Dwayne Joyner (not verified)  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:01

I would also be interested in signing up for this event if there is more room?

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:40

Dwayne, I can put you on the waiting list if you like! Let me know. You can also email me directly at alisa [at] paprikastudios.com or call the office at 892-1704.

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alisamanjarrez  |  Mon, 2011-03-28 12:40

Dwayne, I can put you on the waiting list if you like! Let me know. You can also email me directly at alisa [at] paprikastudios.com or call the office at 892-1704.