Bold Bean Challenge Teams
Here is your opportunity to show off your skills on the grill…can you take the heat? This competition pits you against each other in friendly, fired-up competition. Wine Country Big Q is Sonoma County’s Premiere BBQ Event. Sonoma County is a mecca of great food and world-class wines and until now has had very little barbecue influence. We invite you to join us in this one day of showcasing great foods prepared on a grill. It is not mandatory that the beans be prepared on the grill, but strongly encouraged.
General Information and Requirements:
- There is no registration fee to compete in the Bold Bean Challenge. You will be asked to provide at least 500 – two (2) ounce samples of beans prepared any way you wish.
- Teams will receive an information package via mail upon acceptance of your entry.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award in the Bold Bean Challenge will receive a trophy and bragging rights!
Public Tasting/People’s Choice Sampling
- A REQUIREMENT of this competition is to provide sampling to the public. Each sample should be a 2 ounce portion.
- The Public Tasting will begin at 1 pm. Please contact contest organizer in if you need volunteer assistance for the Public Tasting.
- Tasting tickets will be included in the ticket price and sold at the event. Tickets are $2 each. Teams will turn in their tickets at the end of the event and a 50% payback will be donated to the Alish Ann Ruch Burn Foundation about 30 days post event. Tickets are only redeemable for food and beverage samples.
- Each guest at the Public Tasting will receive three tokens, one each to be used for voting for their favorite KCBS barbecue meat, Winery Big Beef Challenge tri tip and Bold Bean Challenge chili.
- Teams may sell merchandise (t-shirts, bottled sauce, etc.) for cash – not tickets (tickets are for food and beverage samples only).
- Paper napkins, forks, spoons and sample cups will be provided. Any other item needed to serve the public must be provided by the team.
- All Sonoma County Health Department requirements must be followed. Click here for the health department’s recommendations. No permit is required.
- Each team will be allocated a 15 feet wide by 20 feet deep space on lawn. Additional space is available for an additional charge. Contest organizer reserves the right to assign spaces. Need more space – please contact contest organizer.
- Pits, cookers, props, trailers, tents or any other equipment including generators, may not exceed the boundaries of the team’s assigned cooking space.
- Each cook team must have an approved fire extinguisher on site.
- Receptacles for ashes will be available for dumping hot ashes at the end of the contest. Please dump hot coal only in the marked receptacles.
- Please provide your own trash receptacles for your booth. Dumpsters will be conveniently located for trash dumping.
- Cook sites will be supplied with 20 amps of electricity; additional power can be obtained at an additional rate. Generators may be permitted with prior approval. Water sources will be available.
- No pets permitted in the food booth, except service animals.