DEBA to give region Taste of Eudora
Although Daniel's BBQ owner Daniel Hipsher grew up around the barbecue business, he had never participated in any barbecue competitions.
But about six years ago when a friend had a member quit his barbecue team, he called Hipsher who at the time managed Daniel's in Tonganoxie. Hipsher joined and the team received a perfect score in ribs at Kansas Speedway.
He has been hooked ever since, taking part in about 20 competitions per year.
Hipsher and the Downtown Eudora Business Association hope others will take the same interest in barbecue as they organize the first annual Taste of Eudora for the weekend of Sept. 12 to 14.
The festival will have the barbecue competition during the day and music at night.
Hipsher originally hoped to get sanctioning from the Kansas City Barbecue Society and make it a professional event. But he was unable to do so because the fees and the application needed to be in 90 days before the event, and the DEBA decided to have the event only 93 days before that deadline.
With the event unsanctioned, Hipsher is opening up the competition to anyone who wants to participate. He also will allow participants to cook using elements other than just coal and wood.
"Since it's not sanctioned, let's just make it a fun contest," Hipsher said. "You want to bring your grill, anything - cook the four categories and whoever wins, wins."
The four categories are chicken, ribs, brisket and pork butts.
Despite the lack of sanctioning, Hipsher still will try to get KCBS judges and or representatives for the contest.
Although they are not yet in place, sponsorships are being sought for prizes and trophies, as well.
Hipsher estimates the entry fee will be about $100, depending on how many people sign up.
"I'm hoping those people who are king of their neighborhoods will come out and sign up, because probably about 90 percent of the people who are in this event will be amateurs," Hipsher said. "I want to grow this festival and have fun."
Some of the entry fees also will go to local and national charities.
The barbecue competition won't be the only event going on, DEBA President Tina Lencioni said.
There are plans for pizza and pastry eating contests from Gambino's Pizza and Madame Hatter's Tea Room, respectively.
Lencioni also said they had commitments from five bands ranging in styles from hard rock to blues/country.
For more information on the barbecue competition, call Daniel's Barbecue at 690-3000.