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When: Aug. 2-3 2014
New for 2014! Art + Soul Oakland is excited to announce the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ competition. 42 pit masters, professional and backyard smokers, rose to the challenge, selling out this first time Kansas City BBQ Sanctioned competition. They will compete for cash prizes and the honor of being awarded “Grand Champion.” Many of these professionals are multi-award winning chefs from other regional barbeque competitions. They hail from Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, St. Helena, Pleasanton, and beyond.

The competition will include “You-Be-the-Judge” People’s Choice Awards, whole hog roast, and sales of barbeque-related merchandise. And the best part… enjoying hot-off-the-smoker samples from seasoned professionals. Oakland's own Celebrity Chef, Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen and B-Side, will be on hand to share some barbecue secrets and give a sneak preview of her new cookbook, “Brown Sugar Kitchen" at 2:45p on Saturday.

The BBQ competition takes place on Saturday August 2nd as part of Art + Soul Oakland.

For more information, including the full 2014 lineup, visit


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