2011 Stars & Stripes BBQ / Salsa Showdown FAQS

Do we have to preregister?
Preregistration is preferred.  We will accept registration at the gate the morning of the event (6:00 - 8:00) if space is
available.  Space is limited so preregistration is recommended.

What does the registration fee cover?
Your entry into the competition you have chosen and 1 BBQ / Salsa tasting cards.  Team or Unit entries include entry
into all catigories and 2 tasting cards.  Additional tasting cards may be purchased for $5.00 at the ticket booths.

What is the earliest time I can arrive at the event?
6:00 a.m.  A gate attendant will assist you in checking in, registering, and parking.  You may camp overnight with prior
arrangements.  

Can I leave the event early?
In keeping with the integrity of the event, we would prefer that all contestants and vendors remain on site until after the
6:00 close of the event.  However, should you need to leave the event due to an emergency, arrangements can be made
to assist you in leaving.  Please be aware that the event area will have heavy pedestrian traffic and you will need
assistance to leave the event to ensure the safety of the attendees.

What is the BBQ / Salsa contest?
The BBQ Competition will be going on throughout the course of the event.  The judging for this event is held away
from the general event area and is secluded from the public.  The awards for the BBQ, Grill, and Salsa competition will
be held at the judges stage at 4:00 p.m.  The public is welcome to watch the awards.

Can I be a judge in the BBQ, Grill, or Salsa Competition?
You can find applications to judge on the competition page of this site.  Certified judges are prefered to judge the BBQ
portion of this event but not required.

Will the public get to taste the BBQ?
Of course, that's what this event is all about.  In addition to cooking for the competition, the BBQ, Grill, and Salsa
competitors are cooking and serving up samples of their award winning recipes for YOU to taste and judge.

How does the People's Choice competition work?
Each admission comes with 1 tasting card.  Once you have tasted all the entries you may cast your vote for your
favorite BBQ, Wings, and Salsa.  Remember, the teams are competing for the title of "People's Choice".  You will have
the opportunity to taste pork ribs, pulled pork, wings, and salsa.  If you are worried about the size of the tastes, don't!  
Each taste sample is 1-2 ounces of meat.  Even the heartiest of appetites barely handle more than 5 tastes.

What is the Kid Zone?
The kid zone is packed with bouncers, petting zoo, pony rides, arts & crafts, face painting, and more.  They can play,
bounce, run, play with animals, and have fun ALL Day long.  Hot dogs, chips, popcorn, cotton candy and other treats
will be available with vendors.

How do we get to the event?
The event is located off the 5 fwy in Castaic.  Exit the 5 fwy at Parker Road and turn Right, go to Castaic Road, turn
Right, follow the event signs to the parking area where parking officers will assist you in parking.  There is handicapped
parking available.

May I bring my pet to the event?
Due to health code regulations, pets are not allowed at this event unless they are a service animal.  Thank you for your
understanding.