Thousands Flock into Tumon for BBQ, Live Music, Art and Performances
(Tumon, Guam) The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) announces that Asu Smokehouse has earned the title of “Champion Grillmaster” at the second annual Pleasure Island Guam BBQ Block Party.
Team Asu Smokehouse was among the 8 competing local and international teams that threw down in three different BBQ categories this past Saturday. The other teams included Pacific Island Grillers, Team Tunu, Chef Taga and Team Outrigger, Chef Mark Curry and Team Pacific Islands Club, Chef Georgii and Team Russia, Chef Lee and Team Korea, and 2013 Champion Grill Master, Chef Peter Duenas and Team Meskla.
Asu Smokehouse also placed first in the Beef and Pork categories, while Meskla won in the Chicken category. The Micronesian Chefs Association (MCA) selected the judges for the BBQ cook-off competition, which had over $4,000 in prize money and trophies at stake. Deloitte tabulated the results.
“We congratulate Asu Smokehouse and all the teams that participated in the BBQ competition. GVB also thanks our visiting chefs from Russia and Korea for giving us a taste of their incredible skills,” said GVB Acting General Manager Nathan Denight. “We had a diverse mix of our local, international and military communities attend the block party of the summer and we hope everyone had a great time. Thanks to Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, various Government of Guam agencies, the Micronesian Chefs Association, Pleasure Island and other sponsors for their support!”
Despite some rain at the beginning of the summer GVB Signature Event, the skies cleared and an estimated 6-7 thousand people were drawn into the heart of Tumon for not only BBQ, but live art, music and performances.
Global artist Tristan Eaton completed his massive 50-foot mural on the wall of The Plaza as other local artists featured their work at the 7th Guam Art Exhibit (GAX) and a live art street booth. Eaton’s work can be found at tristaneaton.net. Additionally, the Guam Unique Merchandise and Art (GUMA) Incubator Program had arts and crafts on display and available for purchase. The Muna Brothers also held screenings of their new hit documentary feature film, Talent Town. Throughout Saturday night, live music and performances could also be seen and heard by Angelo Molinos, Pa’a Taotao Tano', Radio Pacific, Danz Jazz, The Sirens, Sainai and the Pacific Islands Club Pacific Fantasies Show.
Furthermore, food vendors also filled Pleasure Island with savory dishes and treats. Vendors included Sub Zero Guam, Mei Mei's Fruit Fry Ice, 671 Kettle Korn, Le Tasi Bakery, Men & Joy BBQ, Lyn's BBQ Stixx, Marisol, Sea Grill, Beachin’ Shrimp/California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) and Hot Diggety Dog. The Hurao Academy and a Guam-brand booth were also featured.
The second annual Pleasure Island Guam BBQ Block Party was presented by DFS, The Plaza, SandCastle, Miller Lite, Pepsi and the stations of KUAM, with special thanks to the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor, The WORKS! Foundation, Micronesian Chefs Association, Triple J 5-Star Wholesale, Outrigger Guam Resort, Pacific Islands Club, Hawaiian Rock, Deloitte, Hanom, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department and CAPE.
Second Annual BBQ Block Party Winners:
1. Asu Smokehouse
3. Pacific Island Grillers
1. Asu Smokehouse
2. Pacific Island Grillers
2. Pacific Island Grillers,
D. 2014 Grand Champion:
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