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May 27, 2014 > Start your summer right with the International BBQ & Festival

Start your summer right with the International BBQ & Festival

By Jessica Nol Flohr

Nothing says summer like barbeque! Ribs, chicken, name it and itÕs probably been barbequed somewhere in the world. Although many Americans likely associate barbeque with the southern region of the United States, there are several styles of barbeque flavors and traditions across the continents.

Barbeque (also known as BBQ) usually involves cooking meat over indirect heat from charcoal, wood, or propane and most often done outdoors. The term may have Caribbean origins, from the word barbacoa. The traditional process of barbacoa is much like that of a luau roast, where the chosen meat (goat or pig) is buried under coals and slowly roasted. Beef and pork are the most common meats for barbequing.

The sauce is where most variation occurs. In the United States, sauces are often vinegar or tomato based; some are sweeter and others spicier. Some regions prefer to smoke the meat with a dry seasoning rub and serve the sauce with the finished product. Pulled pork is barbequed pork that has been shredded and placed on a hamburger bun. ItÕs perfect with a side of coleslaw!

In addition to the well-known American varieties of barbeque, the international community has its own contributions as well. Some regions of Asia marinate meat in honey before grilling it. Asian barbeque brings in soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, and ginger. Middle Eastern barbeque involves cloves and turmeric, quite a contrast to the sweet, tomato-based red sauces found in the U.S., while Caribbean barbeque tastes of chilies, cumin, and lime.

It is in the spirit of international celebration that the City of Milpitas welcomes guests to the first annual ÒInternational BBQ & Festival.Ó The diversity of the city will be represented through the different types of barbeque on offer, and the festival features a barbeque contest between the Milpitas Police and Fire departments, playfully titled ÒGuns and Hoses.Ó For a nominal fee of $5, attendees will be able to sample each recipe and vote for their favorite.

The City expects over 10,000 attendees at this two-day festival, taking place on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. There will be two stages of musical entertainment, arts, crafts, and games for children, local wine and beer, and artisan vendors displaying their craftsmanship. On Saturday night, there will be a Ô50s dance party and costume contest with a $200 cash prize going to the entry with the best Ô50s outfit.

Balloon animals, face painting, and temporary tattoos are always fun for the littlest guests, who will be greeted by Woody and Jessie, beloved characters from the ÒToy StoryÓ movies. For the grownups, a classic car show will be on display both days, and Home Depot is hosting a birdhouse-building workshop for aspiring woodworkers. Wine and beer is available from Gordon Biersch, Mrzen, Schlossdler, Guglielmo, and Fortino.

The festival is associated with MilpitasÕ yearlong 60th anniversary celebration. Originally scheduled for the fall of 2013 but postponed due to budget cuts, the City is glad to be able to host the event this year just in time for summer and plan to make it an annual event. This festival is free, as is parking, but be sure to bring some spending money for all the artisan wares and delicious eats!

International BBQ & Festival
Saturday, May 31 Ð Sunday Jun 1
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Ô50s Dance Party
Saturday, May 31
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

South Milpitas Blvd
Between Los Coches and Turquoise St, Milpitas
(408) 262-2613
Free admission, free parking

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