Area cook-off set for April 25-27
04/16/2019 12:22 PM
The annual South Belt Spectacular Cook-off is set to take place Thursday, April 25, through Saturday, April 27, at El Franco Lee Park, located at 9400 Hall Road. (Thursday will be for cookers only, while Friday and Saturday will be open to the public.)
Now in its 23rd year, the cook-off continues to grow each year, and has become one of the largest in the city. Dozens of teams will gather to compete for awards for best brisket, ribs, chicken, beans, chili, dessert and chef’s choice.
Organized and operated by the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department, the event is the sole fundraiser for the annual South Belt Fourth of July fireworks display, also held at the area park. In recent years, the event has also provided funds for local scholarships and various youth organizations. While evenings at the function are geared more for adults, Saturday afternoon is intended for families, with kids 12 and under being admitted for free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
A Kids Fun Zone will be open Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Free activities for children include moonwalks, rock climbing, an obstacle course, pony rides, a petting zoo, a train, face painting and hair braiding, a bungee trampoline, a bubble blaster, coins in a haystack and characters such as Snow Queen Elsa, Elena of Avalor, Spiderman and Captain America.
The cook-off will also feature a live auction on Saturday.
While no outside alcohol will be allowed for patrons, it will be for sale on the cook-off grounds, along with barbecue sandwiches, sausage on a stick, cotton candy, nachos, snow cones and drinks.
A handful of cooking spots are still available. A 40-foot-by-40-foot spot costs $225. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available at various levels.
For additional information or to reserve a spot, contact event organizer, Linda Arnone at 281-484-4325.
To volunteer for this annual event, call Marie Flickinger, at 281-481-5656.