This past weekend I went to Whistler to enjoy some away time and also taste some delicious BBQ at the Canadian National BBQ Championships. I’ve been going for the last 4 years and have enjoyed it less and less each year.
As the event has become more popular the crowds have gotten increasingly larger and larger, so much so that we only managed one sample of chicken at 1:00 and were so disappointed that we didn’t bother staying for ribs at 2:00.
Part of the problem is that the pass that you buy which allows you to taste the contestants BBQ submissions is only $5 and is classified as a donation. Another reason is that they don’t cap the sale of the passes and by the end of the day it’s like trying to make your way through a mob of vultures!
Another problem is that the passes are these business card size tickets that no one bothers to ask to see.
I realize that they are just trying to raise money being that it’s a “donation”, but I would be willing to pay more if they would cap the ticket sales. Plus there’s nothing stopping people from not paying at all. Why they just don’t hand out wristbands instead of those cards is beyond me. It’s immediately more visible and it can’t possibly cost that much more than the cards.
Here’s how it’s advertised on the Whistler website:
THE CANADIAN BBQ CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cooks from all over North America will be competing for the honour of “Canadian Champion 2009” plus cash, prizes, and an invitation to the World Championships in Lynchburg. A great day to come on down and see the pros in action and sample some of the best BBQ you will ever eat.
This is a great event and I look forward to it every year, but unfortunately if they don’t change the way they run things, I will have to seriously consider not attending next year. This deeply saddens me.