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Get ready for food-filled family event

Winning smile: Selena Minors holds the plaque presented at the 2012 BBQ Throwdown (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

Selena’s 5th Causeway BBQ Throwdown & Block Party promises to make this year’s Labour Day weekend a fun and food-filled, family event.

Hosted on almost a yearly basis by Selena Minors and her partner Prince Fubler since 2009, the competition offers passionate barbecuers an opportunity to showcase their skills.

“Selena’s BBQ Throwdown is an event that allows us as a people, family and community to relax, enjoy and entertain ourselves while showing our BBQ tactics for all to see,” said Ms Minors, the owner of Selena’s restaurant in St George’s.

“When we walk around the competition and see the smiling faces of our competitors, see family units who make it their duty to show up with chairs, push-up tents and anything to keep them comfortable year after year, when you see those kids enjoying themselves without a care in the world, it can only make you feel delighted that you were there and appreciate being around your people, enjoying each others smiling faces and good BBQ styles.”

The overall champion of the BBQ competition, whose entry fee will be waived, will be chosen from a variety of categories.

These include best homemade burger, best ribs, best chicken, best picnic plate, as well as the new best hot and tasty wings category.

“The talented competitors keep us on our toes by taking it to a next level, year after year,” Ms Minors said.

The overall winner will receive $350, second place will take home $200 and third place will be awarded $150. There will also be a People’s Choice Award.

“While the entries are being judged, the spectators can sample the categories and vote for the taste they like the best,” Ms Minors said.

As spectators watch participants compete for the Bragging Rights Trophies, they can take part in a pie-eating contest or the new BBQ Causeway Run.

“Just run like you have wings to win,” Ms Minors said, adding that the winner will receive $150.

There will also be plenty of activities for children with two new fun castles and the popular mechanical bull will also be making a comeback.

While the event is free to attend, tickets will be sold for the food and there is a $20 entrance fee for those taking part in the competition.

The event, which will kick off at 10am, will be held at the eastern end of the Causeway by the Swing Bridge on September 6.