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.
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.
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.