State Farmers Market hosts Commissioners Cup Barbecue cook-off

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 13, 2012? Mark your calendar for the inaugural ?Commissioner?s Cup? barbecue cook-off and festival at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia March 23 and 24. This two-day event will feature teams from across the south vying for the bragging rights and top prizes as they show off their cooking skills.

The best barbecue pit masters will showcase their techniques while having fun and supporting a local charity. Part of the proceeds of the event will benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank.

The cook-off is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network, an organization of diverse and talented folks who sanction barbecue cook-offs in South Carolina.

The categories for the Commissioners Cup include: Anything But, Butts, and Ribs, along with Grand Champion and Reserve Champion. Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture, will present the awards on Saturday afternoon of the event.

The event is open to the public. Gates open on Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Admission is $5 on Friday and $10 on Saturday. Children 12 and under accompanied by a parent who bring canned food items for Harvest Hope will be admitted free.

?We are looking forward to a great crowd for our first barbecue cook-off at the market, said Jackie Moore with the S.C. Department of Agriculture and festival coordinator. ?And it also helps benefit the Harvest Hope Food Bank.?

There will be free entertainment, barbecue tastings, and local vendors selling SC specialty foods. There will also be barbecue cooking demonstrations in the exhibition kitchen located inside the Corbett Building at the market.

The State Farmers Market is located at 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia, 29172. For more information, visit or follow the State Farmers Market on Facebook and Twitter @scfarmersmarket.



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