Taste of San Joaquin 2012 Stockton CA – 5th Annual Event August 18

The 5th Annual Taste of San Joaquin 2012 of Stockton, CA will begin on August 18, starting at 11:30am and ending at 6:30pm. The event will be held at 221 N. Center Street at Stockton’s Weber Point Waterfront.

The day’s festivities will include the Way Out West BBQ Competition, chili cook-offs, beer and soda stations, wine and food tastings, Kid’s Activity Area and many other things. General admissions will be $3 and kids under 12 years-old will get in for FREE.

Organizers use the event as a fundraising opportunity. Last year in 2011, Taste of San Joaquin raised $4,500; not bad considering it is a one-day event.

If you are not doing anything on Saturday, come out to the Taste of San Joaquin in Stockton to support local charities, local businesses and the local economy. However, given the state of the city of Stockton (and its image) , just make sure that you are not wearing too much jewelry because you may get robbed.

Below is the press release:

STOCKTON, CA – On Saturday, August 18 the Coors Light Taste of San Joaquin Way Out West BBQ Championship will bring over 40 BBQ teams and 15 restaurants to Downtown Stockton’s Weber Point. The Fifth Annual Taste of San Joaquin features a wide variety of food at affordable prices, top-flight local entertainment and Way Out West BBQ Competition—a “Food-Network-Style” barbecue cook off. Admission is only $3, kids under 12 are FREE, and Family Packs are available at $40 for 30 $1 tasting tickets, two non alcoholic drinks and two commemorative mugs (while supplies last).

Mugs are only available to Family Pack purchasers. All proceeds benefit locally owned restaurants, local charities, and the improvement of Downtown Stockton. Gates open at 11:30 am until 6:30 pm and attendance is expected to top 10,000. In 2011, Taste raised over $4500 for local charities.

New in 2012, Taste will be featuring a Chili Cook-Off. Tastes of chili, sold in 2 oz. samples, will afford chili fans award winning flavors from savory to scorching. New to the event in 2011 and returning for 2012, Taste of San Joaquin will continue to offer $1 wine tasting of local wine varietals in a tree lined waterfront outdoor tasting area. The ever popular craft beer and soda stations will return as will the Kids Activity Area, complete with face painting, arts & crafts, and youth sports will return in 2012 as well. Live entertainment will feature local bands performing classic hits of the Beatles, Van Halen and Pink Floyd. Final stage line up will be announced by mid-June.

In addition to live entertainment and excellent food, visitors have the opportunity to meet some of the best BBQ competitors on the west coast including “Slap Yo’ Daddy” stars of the recent TLC’s “BBQ Pitmasters,” and the threetime winner of the People’s Choice award, Stockton’s own, “Smokin’ Yankees.” Taste hot off the grill: pork ribs, beef brisket, chicken, pork candy, loaded baked potatoes, and more. Many teams have sauce for sale and love to share grilling tips. Past events have seen large crowds and less food, this year’s BBQ teams are staffed, stocked and ready to feed all visitors.

BBQ teams may join the event by visiting www.wayoutwestbbq.com . Volunteers may earn an $8 per hour stipend for the nonprofit of their choice and food vendors may join the event for $125-$175 per space plus a $0.20 per $1 tasting ticket earned fee. Merchandise vendors can join the event for $75-$125. Applications are available online at www.tasteofsanjoaquin.com. Weber Point is located at 221 North Center Street, Stockton, California 95202. Strollers, blankets or low chairs are welcome, tall chairs and coolers are not permitted. A dress code is strictly enforced to ensure a pleasant atmosphere for all visitors. ATMs are available on site, only tasting tickets are accepted for food and drink. To keep up with the latest information on Taste of San Joaquin, please visit our Web site at www.tasteofsanjoaquin.com.