Langley will be Smokin' hot again this year when the 29th annual Canadian Festival of Chili and Barbecue comes back to Cascades Casino, Hotel and Convention Centre on
May 6 & 7 2017.
Two days of fun for the whole family!
THIS WILL BE THE LARGEST CHILI AND BBQ CONTEST IN CANADA
WITH OVER $15,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES
HOW CAN YOU BEAT THAT FOR THE LOWEST COMPETITION ENTRY FEE OF $99
This is all made possible by the support of our amazing sponsors!
This is a family friendly festival and samples of the teams delicious Chili and BBQ are available to the public. Visitors arrive on-site and are greeted by our team of firefighter volunteers and given a wristband and a sample of chili on Saturday and a pulled pork sandwich on Sunday.
A donation to the Burn Fund, typically $5, is suggested when receiving the wristband. The public can then wander the site and sample the foods prepared by any team after each turn-in -while supplies last! All monies raised from wristband sales as well as a portion of team registration fees are donated to the charity we support. In honour and in memory of firefighter and Canadian Festival founder, Dave Veljacic, we support The BC Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. In the past few years over $35,000 has been raised for this charity.
The two-day Festival includes both Chili and BBQ Competitions
Sat. May 6, 2017 -Day 1: The British Columbia Chili Championships
There are four competition categories on day one. Public samples are limited on the side categories but there is lots of chili!
Two Side Categories:
Best Darn Burger Championships - Teams can do whatever they want in this category and we see some pretty amazing Burgers come to the judges tent! The winner of this category is automatically qualified to compete at
Chefs Challenge - Teams are given a mystery protein courtesy of Hills Foods to perform their magic on. We have seen loin of Kangaroo and rack of Muskox taken to amazing heights. In 2012 there was a Northern Surf and Turf theme with a side of Arctic Char (Albion Fisheries) and a Bison Sirloin (Hill’s Foods) presented to each team.
The Main Event is The BC Chili Championships:
C.A.S.I. Chili - The Chili Appreciation Society International is our sanctioning body for authentic Texas chili. Texas style chili is not what you or I would make at home. It MUST consist of ONLY meat (ground or cubed) and sauce. Points would be deducted or the chili disqualified if the judges saw any specks or foreign materials (like beans, garlic or veggies). The top three BC residents along with the first place overall winner that enter our Provincial Championships for C.A.S.I. Chili qualify to cook in Terlingua Texas at the Terlingua International Chili Cookoff, the world championships for Texas style chili
Home-Style Chili - To let the chili cooks really have some fun we also have a Home-Style Chili category where cooks can add anything they want to their chili, and boy do they! Each team receives 2 lbs of course ground pork courtesy of Johnston’s Fresh, Local, Quality BC Pork.
Kids Q Contest - Once again we will feature a contest for youth up to age 15 to compete for the title of BC Champion. Two proteins are selected, last year it was Hills Foods Chicken Wings and Johnston’s BC Pork Tenderloins,the contestants cook in host teams cooking areas under parental supervision. Competitors entries are judged by our certified BBQ judges in the same manner as all other competition categories. Are there any junior master BBQr’s out there? Come win a trophy big enough to dance with!
Canadian Steak Cook-off Championship - Canada’s only SCA ( Steak Cook off Association) sanctioned event. The winner will qualify to cook at the SCA World Steak Cook-off Championships at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas.
Sun. May 7, 2016 -Day 2: The BC BBQ Championship
For the main BBQ event there are four categories: pork shoulder, beef brisket, chicken and pork ribs. The meat is cooked for a long time at low temperatures indirectly by only wood and charcoal fires. The competitors cook on small Weber Smokey Mountain Cookers all the way up to huge trailer pit smokers. Our Provincial Proclamation makes this event The BC BBQ Championships and it is sanctioned by The Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association and is recognized by The Kansas City Barbecue Society. Winners can qualify to cook at the Jack Daniels Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg Tennessee, the American Royal in Kansas City and The World Food Championships in Orlando Florida.
Saturday May 6
Meat and site inspections as early as possible.
12pm Best Darn Burger Championship!
1pm Chefs Challenge –TBA provided by Hills Foods
2pm CASI Chili
2:30pm Kids Q -first protein
3pm Homestyle Chili (2lbs of ground pork) provided by Johnston’s Pork
3:30pm Kids Q -second protein
4:00 pm Steak Turn in
Times subject to change
Sunday May 7
11am Pork Butt