Wine Country Big Q

July 14

Q ain’t for quaint at the second annual Wine Country Big Q (1-5pm, July 14, 2012). This is a rib-tastic, porkapalooza of hardcore barbecue pit posses, itching for some Kansas City gold. The only KC-sanctioned event in Wine Country, this is the real-deal of barbecue cook-offs, with trained judges and serious teams vying for cash prizes and bragging rights.  Attendees can sample dozens of authentic barbecued meats, world class wines and award-winning brews while listening to the country crooning of local artist,

In addition to the ‘cue pros, wineries will also go head to head with the Big Beef Challenge to find the best tri-tip (paired, of course with their wines), and local firehouses will let ‘er rip with the Bold Bean Challenge–a competition for the best barbecued beans.

Wanna get in on the action? The Wine Country Big Q happens at Sonoma Academy (2500 Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa). Tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for kids with portions of the proceeds benefitting the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Buy tickets online or at G&G Supermarkets or Johnson Pool and Spa. Details online.