Vernon fails to rack up BBQ Town votes

President's Choice BBQ Town party awarded to Ontario community

The competition smoked Vernon (and B.C.) out of the running to host the President’s Choice BBQ Town event.

Canadians got busy voting in the contest  in the hopes to bring a massive one of a kind barbecue party to their town. Chatham, ON, is the lucky community that will host the President’s Choice BBQ Town grand prize event Aug. 11.

Vernon was one of 20 semi-finalists in the running.

Chatham will receive a barbecue party in their town for up to 5,000 people with food, hosted by Tom Filippou, executive chef for President’s Choice Cooking Schools and Bob Blumer, host of Food Network Canada’s World’s Weirdest Restaurants.  There will be a performance by multi-platinum, JUNO Award winning recording group Hedley, and on behalf of the community, $25,000 will be donated to President’s Choice Children’s Charity to support a local nutrition program.  To top it all off, Chatham residents will attempt to set a new Guinness World Records achievement for the most hamburgers assembled in one hour.

The nine other communities winning a secondary prize which includes a stop on the President’s Choice BBQTown Tour are:

·         Fredericton, NB

·         Hampton, NB

·         Orangeville, ON

·         Mississauga, ON

·         St. Thomas, ON

·         Strathmore, AB

·         Sturgeon Falls, ON

·         Sudbury, ON

·         Truro, NS

These nine communities will get a free barbecue party for up to 2,000 people in their town, complete with President’s Choice grill items, a visit from the PC Ice Cream Shop truck, and free family entertainment such as a balloon animal artists and a fire juggler.