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"Get grillin’"

Leigh Blenkhorn
Staff - The Barrie Advance
May 1, 2011

BARRIE - While the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival has always highlighted great southern style music,
this year it will be shining a light on another southern tradition, barbecue. The festival, which runs
from June 9 to 20, will play host to the Barrie Cares Barbecue Challenge on June 18 and 19.
“There are tons of backyard grillers out there,” said festival founder Robin Munro.
“We want people to bring their best barbecue, and see how they stack up against their neighbours.”
Registered competitors will be asked to bring their best pulled pork, barbecue sauce,
side ribs, beef brisket or chicken to be judged for prizes and trophies.

“Blues and barbecue, it just makes sense,” Munro said.

The challenge is $10 to register, or $5 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds go to three local causes;
The Barrie Police Association Kids and Cops Charity Golf Tournament for Paediatric Care,
The Canadian Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research and
The Borden Family Resource Centre at CFB Borden.

lblenkhorn@simcoe.com

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"Jazz festival adds sizzle with grills"

By Laurie Watt
Staff - The Barrie Advance
May 5, 2011

Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival founder Robin Munro is mixing music and a family barbecue
competition to spice up the festival's final weekend and raise money for several good causes.
The festival, which runs from June 9 to 20, will play host to
the Barrie Cares BBQ Challenge on June 18 and 19.

"It's Father's Day weekend. It's jazz and blues. Dads love barbecuing, and by extension
it's about families," said Munro, who got thinking about families and fathers.
The Challenge is $10 to register and $5 for kids 12 and under. All proceeds go to three local causes;
The Barrie Police Association's "Kids and Cops" Charity Golf Tournament for Paediatric Care,
The Canadian Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer Research and
the Borden Family Resource Centre at CFB Borden.

"There are tons of backyard grillers out there. We want people to bring their best barbecue,
and see how they stack up against their neighbours."
The grill action takes place both days, with different categories, Saturday and Sunday
between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., with some of the best jazz in the tent nearby.

"What turned me on to this was I do the music for the Barrie Ribfest
(which brings in professionals from across North America). I started hearing people say,
'I can make better ribs than this.' I thought maybe some guys can. Why not put them to the test?"

"Blues and barbecue, it just makes sense."

The Barrie Jazz And Blues Festival runs from June 9 to 20.
More information can be found online at www.barriejazzbluesfest.com.
- With files from Leigh Blenkhorn

lwatt@simcoe.com