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Hogs for the House Competitor 2019

Event Phone: 804-458-2704 ext 224

  • Hogs for the House Cook-Off Competition
    September 14, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Entry Information

Competitors will compete for awards in four Judge’s Choice Categories based upon common evaluation criteria, Best BBQ, Best Brisket, People’s Choice, and Best Overall. Seven judges will be selected from the community by James House staff.

The public will select the winner of the People’s Choice Award by majority vote of guests depositing their tasting cards into their choice voting jar.

Cooking/serving spaces are assigned based on date of registration and spatial needs of the event organizers. The refundable entry fee is charged to reserve your cook off space and will be refunded after the event upon request or you can gift this fee to James House. Any registrant who does not show up for the event will have their competition fee donated to James House. Vendor spaces are 30’ x 12’ on average.

Check-in will be from 5-6PM Friday or 7-8AM Saturday. Trucks must be moved to vehicle parking after set-up by 8:59AM Saturday when the area will close to vehicle traffic. Late arrivals will forfeit their spot. Food should be available to serve by 10AM and serving will stop at 3:30PM. We ask that food be served in 1 oz sample sizes for the competition.

Judges’ samples should be provided at 11:30AM at your public serving location first an on-sitea 1 oz sample with a second small portion clearly labeled in a to-go container for decision making in the closed evaluation room.

Tasting cards will be sold to guests for vendor provided samples. James House will receive all proceeds from tasting card sales. Vendors will stamp the cards for samples given. Vendors may sell full portions, non-alcoholic drinks, and sides for profit. A donation of a percentage of sales are appreciated.

Winners will receive a plaque at the 3:45PM ceremony. Vendors must provide their own water, power, heat, meat, food supplies, gloves, stoves, utensils, serving cups or plates. Generators are only allowed with a sound proof enclosure. All vendors have a responsibility to contain cooking grease, to prevent spills onto the asphalt, and to clean-up. Absorbent pads will be provided.

All entrants are responsible for their own health department permit that must be received at James House by August 26 at 5PM, email to anna@thejameshouse.org or mail to address below.

By completing this registration, you fully accept rules and regulations of this competition including all health rules, proper clean-up, permit deadline, and set-up time cut-off. Failure
to present a health permit by deadline will forfeit registration fee and participation in event.

Submission of this registration implies agreement and signature of chief cook must be completed on the paper registration form prior to the event. $100 is the holding fee for the competition space. We do have sponsorships available with a full commitment to compete.

Have questions? Contact Anna Cahoon at James House 804-458-2704 X 224, anna@thejameshouse.org.


Venue Phone: 804-861-4700

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1701 Temple Pkwy, Prince George, Virginia, 23875, United States