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Author Rick Browne cooks up BBQ Fest with ilani

Event kicks off with free concert by Spin Doctors

By , Columbian Features Editor
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Rick Browne, former Ridgefield resident and author of several cookbooks, coordinated the barbecue contest that's part of ilani's BBQ Fest this weekend.
Rick Browne, former Ridgefield resident and author of several cookbooks, coordinated the barbecue contest that's part of ilani's BBQ Fest this weekend. (Contributed by Rick Browne) Photo Gallery

Celebrity chefs including Todd English, Alton Brown, Robert Irvine and Kevin Bludso are headlining ilani’s BBQ Fest this weekend.

The event will kick off at 8 p.m. today with a free performance by the rock band Spin Doctors, famous for their 1990s hits “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” and “Two Princes.”

From noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, celebrity chefs will offer cooking demonstrations. Meanwhile, local pit masters Lynnae Oxley of Sugars Barbecue in Ridgefield and Rick Browne, author of “Barbecue America,” will head up judging for a barbecue contest.

Stan Hays — the CEO and co-founder of Operation BBQ Relief, which delivers meals to communities hit by natural disasters — will lead a four-hour class called BBQ Basics on Sunday for local police and firefighters that will culminate in a competition.

Others participating in the BBQ Fest include Food Network regular Aaron May, Food Network’s “Master of ’Cue” champion Erica Blaire Roby, “American Barbecue Showdown” contestant Georgia Chasen and Netflix’s “American Barbeque Showdown” breakout star Rasheed Philips.

“It’s going to be a fun event,” said Browne, a former Columbian photo editor and food reviewer who now lives in Medford, Ore.

If you go

What: ilani BBQ Fest

When: Today through Sunday

Where: ilani, 1 Cowlitz Way, Ridgefield

Admission: Spin Doctors show at 8 p.m. today is free. Tickets for the Saturday and Sunday sessions are $45 and $40 for guests 21 years of age or older. Tickets to Party with the Pitmasters from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday are $85 per person.

Information: ilanibbqfest.com

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