First annual Brandywine Backyard BBQ Festival sizzles
● By Richard Gaw
While the late April weather may have chilled hundreds of festival-goers to the bone, the persistent cold that swept over New Garden Township Park last Sunday had a sweet, tantalizing aroma to it that called to mind barbecue dinners on hot summer days.
The first annual Brandywine Backyard BBQ, hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Chester County Council and New Garden Township, was highlighted by the work of nearly one dozen chefs, who entered into the Brandywine Backyard Challenge Rib & Chicken competition, which was sanctioned and judged by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
A grand champion award and five other awards that ranged from $100 to $1,000 were distributed. The Grand Champion and Chicken BBQ awards went to Captain Blue Barbecue of Street, Md., and the Pork Ribs BBQ Champion was awarded to ZONIQ of Lincoln University.
The festival also included craft and food vendors, children’s activities, skill demonstrations and archery by local Scouts, live music by Younger Than Charlie, The Late Ambitions, and Ole 442, and a “Scout Chicken Challenge” open to children from the ages of 6 –16.
The Brandywine Backyard BBQ Festival served as a benefit for Friends of Scouting in Southern Chester County and Cecil County, Md., the proceeds of which will help defray the cost of scouting for financially-disadvantaged scouts through the Friends of Scouting Program. Specifically, it assists scouts in the Kennett Consolidated, Unionville-Chadds Ford, Avon Grove, Octorara, Oxford and Cecil County School Districts. It will also make local camp improvements and create awareness of scouting’s benefits.
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