Lake Placid News Editor
Ribs being prepared at a previous I Love BBQ Festival in Lake Placid.
LAKE PLACID - Get your appetites ready and leave the barbecue cooking to some of the best in the business. It's time for the seventh annual I Love BBQ Festival being held Friday, June 29 through Sunday, July 1 at the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid. The festival is a benefit event for the Thomas Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid.
This year's BBQ Fest will feature some of the best American Barbecue teams, including 2006 Jack Daniels BBQ World champions. The event will also feature the addition of new entertainment, including the Krusher BMX Stunt Team and 18 local and regional bands including local musician Heidi Little.
Festival patrons can sample the many barbecue delicacies during the weekend. There will be a pulled pork tasting event from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday for $3 per person.
If you go ...
What: I Love BBQ Festival
When: June 29, 30 and July 1
Where: Olympic Oval, Lake Placid
Cost: Daily admission is $6 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.
A $3 Rib Fest, where attendees can sample the best ribs in the East, will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. It was formerly known as buck-a-rib, and is held in memory of former festival competitor Mike Grudzinskas.
Milano North will sponsor the Top Chef competition on Saturday, all day, beginning at 11 a.m. This event, featuring local chefs and pit masters, will enable patrons to view a food demo, with tasting to follow. The Top Chef event is dedicated to the memory of former competitor Nancee Gell, who tragically lost her life on New Year's Eve, 2011, as she crossed Route 7 in Shelburne, Vt. Gell was a former Lake Placid Grand Champion.
A new pit boss, Danielle Bennett Dimovski, has been added to the 2012 festival program. Known as Diva Q, the resident of Ontario, Canada was the 2011 World Champion of Pork and is widely recognized as one of her country's best. An active competitor and judge, Dimovski has been a guest on the TODAY Show, Rogers Daytime TV in Canada and Canada AM, as well as a recent stint on BBQ Pitmasters on TLC.
There will also be a coconut tree and the Monster inflatable mountain for the kids, along with, for the first time, a mechanical bull called "Dynamite."
But there will be more than just food at this event. The BBQ Fest will feature several local bands throughout the weekend, and attendees can expect a variety of toe-tapping tunes.
"The I Love Barbecue and Music Festival has seen some amazing talent over the years, including two Grammy Award winners," said Gordy Sheer, director of entertainment for the festival. "The 2012 line-up is no exception, with great acts like Lucid, Sven Curth, Placid, The Stoneground Express and Heidi Little returning to the stage. We also look forward to welcoming Crackin' Foxy and Roadside Mystic to the stage this year for the first time."
Paul Smith's College will offer $20,000 in scholarships to the winners of the I Love BBQ Junior World Championships, being held Saturday, June 30, at the Olympic Speed Skating Oval in Lake Placid.
The winning team will win a $10,000 culinary scholarship, while second place will receive $6,000 and third place will get $4,000. Each team's scholarship will be divided equally among the team's members.
"This event brings some really talented young chefs to the region, and we're proud to give them a chance to hone their skills further once the competition ends," said Alec Abt, director of the Culinary Arts Management program. "And the event itself is so much fun."
The I Love Barbecue Junior World Championships will take place on Saturday, while Grand Champion and New York State Championship titles will be decided on Sunday. All three competitions are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, which is offering $8,000 in prize money, the most in the history of this event.
USA Luge, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, helps support the organization of the annual event as a means of giving back to its home community.
Daily admission to the barbecue festival is $6 for adults; children under 10 will be admitted free of charge.