When: Today, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Whole Foods Market, 3761 State St., Santa Barbara

Description from an Independent article by George Yatchisin:

The second year of a contest is like having a second child: it seems like it would be easier, but turns out it isn’t. That said, The Santa Barbara Independent proudly announces the nominees, culled from many entrants, for its Second Sizzling Summer BBQ Contest. Once again, we’ve found professionals and amateurs willing to stand the heat outside the kitchen, as it were, and get us all ready for a summer of fine eating.

All 16 finalists will dish up their recipes at a public judging on Wednesday, June 15, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at our sponsor Whole Foods’ establishment (3761 State St.). Everyone’s invited to watch the judging panel chow down and vote who’s got the best BBQ in town. The panel will feature last year’s professional main course champ and caterer extraordinaire Edie Robertson, Edible Santa Barbara editor Krista Harris, and others.

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