Chocolate, barbecue festivals on tap this weekend

13 Apr

The seventh annual Alabama Chocolate Festival in Rainbow City on Saturday and the fourth annual Smoke on the Falls Barbeque Festival start this weekend.This definitely will not be a good weekend to start a diet, with the seventh annual Alabama Chocolate Festival in Rainbow City on Saturday and the fourth annual Smoke on the Falls Barbeque Festival Friday and Saturday at Noccalula Falls Park.

Organizers of the festivals said the events will help each other and they expect some people to attend both.

The Chocolate Festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rainbow Plaza and will have music and contests throughout the day. It will end with a performance at 6:30 p.m. by the Bellamy Brothers.

In addition to free chocolate from more than 100 vendors, Rainbow City, which is sponsoring the festival, will be giving away 3,000 chocolate bars and there will be a 6-foot chocolate fountain for dipping. Festival goers also can sample the entries from the Chocolate Cookoff in categories that include cakes, pies, candy and “everything else.”

Smoke on the Falls is sponsored by the city of Gadsden. Gates will open at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Parks and Recreation Director Kerry Payne said 45 professional teams and 28 “backyard” teams will competing on Saturday, with winners to be announced at 4 p.m.

The festival will have music both Friday and Saturday.

The barbecue contest is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, which provides judges. Fifty-three judges will be in town, the most the festival ever has had.

The professional division includes competition in ribs, Boston butt, chicken and brisket. An overall grand champion and a reserve champion will be named. Backyard cooks will compete in chicken and ribs.

More than $10,000 in prize money will be awarded.

Source: Gadsden Times

 

Buy Chocolate, lollies and confectionery online at Moo-Lolly-Bar Australia

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