Why are the Food Competitions at PorktoberQue a Big Deal?

We have a record number of competitors at PorktoberQue this year competing in the barbecue, steak and bacon categories. Each of these three competitions is a qualifier for the World Food Championships, and the barbecue competition is also a qualifier for the American Royal, Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown, and also a qualifying draw for the 2017 Jack Daniels Invitational.

This means that our winners from PorktoberQue can advance to much larger competitions and compete for bigger prize pools. They can advance to nationally televised competitions, and compete on a world stage with legendary cooks as part of their reward.

For example, the World Food Championships, a televised cooking competition on the Destination America station, feature over $300,000.00 in prize money. Our winners in bacon, steak and barbecue will receive a paid-for Golden Ticket because PorktoberQue is an elite qualifier. To learn more about the World Food Championships, visit www.worldfoodchampionships.com 

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More Food, Vendors, & Shopping

PorktoberQue has more vendors this year than ever before! Here’s the list of places to eat, drink and shop this year, and also noted are those who are INSIDE the air-conditioned Fest Haus building (to the right of the main stage).

 FOOD BOOTHS:

  • Sam Adams Oktoberfest Draft Beer Booth inside the Festhaus building
  • Cool Treats– Snow Cones, shaved ice, boiled peanuts
  • Ranch House Kitchen- smoked meats, barbecue, sandwiches plates and drinks from an award winning professional competition team!.
  • Fusion Craze- Global style foods including BBQ egg rolls, Brunswick Stew and more
  • KC Foods-Funnel Cakes, Beignets, fried oreos, fried twinkies, fried candy bars, chili cheese fries, smoked sausage, chicken strips and fries, fried pickles, and more!
  • ET’s BBQ– Smoked meats, plates of barbecue and sides plus cold drinks from an award winning professional competition team!
  • Tropical Blast Italian Ice- Italian ice, pepsi products, Aquafina water, Tea, Milkshakes and Ice Cream
  • Fat Daddiz- stuffed burgers, ribs, brisket, chicken, sausages, hot dogs, jambalaya, beans, slaw, corn and drinks
  • Earnie’s’ Snowballs– shaved ice, BAGGED ICE (for vendors, and teams) and pepsi products.
  • KJ’s Shack– Philly cheese steak, chicken cheese steak, polish sausage, itallian sausage, hot dogs, burgers, fries, chili cheese fries, and more.
  • Lemon Smashers- Lemon Aid, Fruit Chillers, and Boiled Peanuts
  • Dease Roasted Corn- Freshly roasted sweet corn, stuffed potatoes, sweet tea, lemonade and bottled Pepsi products
  • North view Cross Country Pepsi Wagon- Looking for some ice cold soft drinks at PorktoberQue? Check out the Pepsi Wagon in front of the Hog Barn and support youth athletics at the same time!
  • Jakes– get your bratwursts here in the Air-Conditioned Fest Haus
  • Fatbacks– fresh hot fried pork rinds outside, next to the yellow beer tent.
  • Grandma’s Hot Pretzles– Stop by and say hi to Grandma in the Fest Haus and get a hot pretzel with duseldorf mustard while they last!
  • Willies Place– Fresh, hot pressed Cuban sandwiches and freshly baked desserts, served near the dining area inside the air-conditioned Fest Haus.

Vendors and Sponsors Booths to visit 

  • Mike Schmitz Auto Group
  • PorktoberQue T-shirts and Souvenir Steins– only available in the Air-Conditioned Fest Haus. $12 each (t-shirt or stein) but the stein comes with beer!
  • Miller-Coors beer tents
  • Higher Heights Cathedral of Praise– Bake sale and free information
  • Perfectly Posh- Spa Products, lotions & soaps- INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • LNT Safe Haven- Get information about a safe place for victims of domestic violence.
  • CHARM Inc. (City of Headland Animal Rescue) – learn how you can help homeless pets in the Wiregrass.
  • Scentsy–  Electric candles, scented wax, travel scents, and scented stuffed animals.
  • Navy Federal Credit Union– Learn how active duty, veterans, DoD and their families can benefit. Also free activity at this booth!
  • Jeffers Pet– learn about great and safe pet supplies near the Ultimate Air Dogs area
  • It Works– stop by and talk to Rhonda about wraps, nutrition and skin information
  • LeVel- learn about supplements and a healthier life!
  • Troy University Dothan Campus– Learn about world-class degrees you can earn right in Dothan!
  • NAMI WIregrass- Information on FREE educational classes and support groups for persons and families affected by mental illness – INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Mary Kay- Stop by and visit with Jennifer for all your beauty and home needs.
  • Hernando Beef Jerky– Check out our assortment of beef jerky, INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Fishing game– Take the little kids over to play the fishing game- prize every time! *fee charged
  • Blue Line Support Group- Enter to win a YETI cooler INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Karen’s Creations- hand made jewelry from casual to fancy, something for every price range.INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • TOPS Dothan 0392 (Take off Pounds Sensibly) – Learn about a great weight loss support group and look at our raffle items!
  • Spectra care Health Systems– Information about services Spectra Care offers in the Wiregrass.
  • Middle Creek Custom Smokers– In the market for a new smoker or grill? How about some BBQ based home decor like paper towel holders shaped like a pig, or a piggy business card holder? Come on by and see our unique metal fabrications.
  • Greater Dothan Area Lions Club– learn about what this civic club does in our area, and also take a chance on a new set of tires with their drawing.
  • Usborne Books and More– Visit their space INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS and shop for children’s and educational books.
  • Simply Aroma– essential oils for use in daily home life to make your world a little better. Visit us INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Re-Bath of the Southeast – Is your bathroom outdated or not what you want in a bathroom? Call Re-Bath and see how they can redo your bathroom for a fraction of the cost of replacing everything. INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Sunni Rae’s Boutique– Check out this mobile boutique featuring cute clothing for fuller figured and plus sized gals. Shop INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS and enjoy the music while you shop.
  • Wiley Wok (The Wok Man)– A made to order wok for cooking cowboy style! Wiley McNeal has upcycled plow disc harrows from Henry County, AL. Learn a fun and easy way to cook outdoors! Free food samples!
  • Discount General RV- want to see how affordable and fun it is to own an RV or camper? Stop by and check out a few campers!
  • Forrest & Fields– Learn about properties for sale in Dothan, and what’s available for your family.
  • Chord Buddy- It’s easy and fast to learn to pay the guitar now! Chord Buddy can show you how.
  • KMX– Meet your favorite jocks and play games to win great prizes at the KMX booth space!
  • Wiregrass Seniors– Being older has its advantages! Check out the travel club and other great activities sponsored by Wiregrass Seniors!
  • DISH– want great TV anywhere? Try DISH and stop by their booth for specials only found at PorktoberQue!
  • Vector Security– Learn about different ways to protect your home and family INSIDE the Air-Conditionoed FESTHAUS
  • Boyd Marine– Special discounts and sales on end-of the season boats. But, here in Alabama, it’s never really the end of boating season, so save big and visit Boyds!
  • WTVY TV- Meet your favorite news personalities, test your reporter skills and interact with the green screen INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Miche– Create a handbag that’s truly yours as you customize your interchangeable Miche purse and accessories.
  • Crafted by Edith– Hand made costume jewelry and accessories for ladies. INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Crafty Old Army Woman– Hand made embroidery, hats, cushions, towels, baby boots and more, crafted but an old Army woman! INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Race Mania- Want to race NASCAR-style remote control cars against your friends and the racetrack? This is the place! *fee charged
  • Kiddie Ride (Helicopters)– Since Ft. Rucker is the home of Army Aviation and the rotary winged aircraft, it seems appropriate that we have the mini version for small kids to enjoy! *fee charged
  • SEFA – Southeast Alabama Freethought Association- come by the SEFA booth for information and to visit with people.
  • Schute Pecan Tasty treats, southern pecans, Dothan gifts, apparel and more. located INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS 
  • Bows and Such– Fun shopping for boys and girls with inflatable and light up toys, bows, accessories and small toys.
  • Neil the Teal Seal– Learn about the touching and inspiring story behind this new children’s book.
  • BLING– great selection of jewelry and hand made wreaths INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Habitat for Humanity- learn how habitat is changing the face of our country and learn how you can help at their booth space INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS
  • Wreaths and More– hand crafted wreaths and home decor, plus hand made craft items you’ll just want to see to appreciate!
  • Lu Lu’s Boutique– Cute and trendy clothing and accessories INSIDE the Air-Contitioned FESTHAUS 
  • Young Living and 31 Products– Essential Oils and creative storage solutions, located INSIDE the air-conditioned FestHaus! 
  • Chattahoochee State Park– Want to learn more about a wonderful natural resource right in our back yards? Stop by, and talk to Kimberly! Free goody bags for the first 100 people.
  • Egyptian Comfort Sheets- New sheet sets, comforters, and other great domestic and household items. Inside the air-conditioned FestHaus!
  • Krazy Krafting Ladies & Lila Rose- Crochet items, tutu’s, jewelry, towel toppers, dishcloths, Lila Rose jewelry, jewelry for your hair.
  • Rock Candles-Unique candles made from actual rock!
  • SisiGal- Huge selection of imported goods, household items, sunglasses and purses… plus a lot more.
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama– Lean what a valuable resource your daughters can participate in… scouting!
  • Greystone Church– Stop by and check out the cookbooks from the ladies of Greystone! There are bound to be some secret family recipes you’ll want to try.
  • Dollar Custom Creations– Custom T-shirts, Coozies and more! Inside the Air-Conditioned FestHaus! 

Forrest and Fields to Sponsor Wurst Cook

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Seriously, isn’t the name of this contest reason enough to enter? Wurst cook is a bratwurst cooking competition at PorktoberQue.

You don’t have to be a professional competition barbecue team to take part in some of the cooking competitions at PorktoberQue. We have two Friday night cooking competitions that welcome anyone of any age or skill level to participate. One is a baked bean competition (beancontest.com) and this competition, Wurst Cook. A wurst is a type of German sausage. The most commonly known wurst are bratwurst and knockwurst in the United States.

Each contestant will receive the wurst to be included in the entry. They may prepare it any way they like, and can add or combine any ingredients or garnishes with the wurst.

Each contestant must be present at the team meeting at 4:30 at the Farm Center to receive their wurst (type to be determined the day of the contest). Contestants will also receive a specially marked box to turn in their creation in at precisely 7:30 to the same building.

Winners will be presented cash and prizes on Saturday at 5:30 on the main stage.

Plus  there’s the great prizes you can win, if you recipe/dish/creation is chosen as one of the top 5. But really, it’s about the fun of competition and the great value you get when you enter.

When you pre-register you will receive 4 admission tickets to PorktoberQue. (this is a $16 value alone!) You will get to attend the team meeting, receive the bratwurst or other wurst used in the competition, and will be given a spot to set up your grill or dutch oven to compete on Friday night. You turn in your entry at 7:30 (precisely) and awards are given on Saturday. You can use 2 tickets on Friday night and 2 on Saturday if you like! Winner need not be present at awards- they can pick up any prizes the Monday after the event at the office located at 257 South Saint Andrews Street in Dothan, AL.

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Wurst Cook will be judged by certified KCBS judges, table captains and master judges. These folks know what they’re doing, and will fairly score all the entries. 

 

Bratwurst Cooking Contest Needs Competitors

Enter the WURST COOK today!

Seriously, isn’t the name of this contest reason enough to enter? Ok, then there’s the great prizes you can win, if you recipe/dish/creation is chosen as one of the top 5. But really, it’s about the fun of competition and the great value you get when you enter.

When you pre-register (425 fee) you will receive 4 admission tickets to PorktoberQue. (this is a $16 value alone!) You will get to attend the team meeting, receive the bratwurst or other wurst used in the competition, and will be given a spot to set up your grill or dutch oven to compete on Friday night. You turn in your entry at 7:30 (precisely) and awards are given on Saturday. You can use 2 tickets on Friday night and 2 on Saturday if you like! Winner need not be present at awards- they can pick up any prizes the Monday after the event at the office located at 257 South Saint Andrews Street in Dothan, AL.

Prizes  are as follows:

1st Prize- $250 and trophy

2nd Prize- $100 gift cert to Out ON A Whim & trophy

3rd Prize- Case of brats & trophy

4th Prize- Trophy

5th Prize- Trophy

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Entry form below, or you can enter online at www.wurstcook.com

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Bring Canned Food, Score Free Earrings

Once again, a handmade jewelry vendor, Karen’s Creations, will be encouraging people to donate canned food to the less fortunate. At her booth space just inside the main door of the Festhaus, you will find a place to leave canned food. If you bring 5 canned goods, you will receive a free pair of earrings from her boutique, right on the spot. So please donate generously, and remember to stop at Karen’s Creations inside the air-conditioned building at PorktoberQue! Karens Creations

Guide to Great Foods Served at PorktoberQue

Oh, we can claim to attend festivals for the educational opportunities (Reptile Discovery Show) or the entertainment (Car Show, live music) but face it—here in Southern Alabama we love food and there’s not a better a better place to enjoy it than with our friends and family at PorktoberQue.

Festival foods represent items we typically don’t make or eat at home, such as funnel cakes, snow cones and the ever popular “dipped in batter and fried on a stick” items. Here’s a brief guide to each of our food and drink vendors and what they have to offer, with a little map to guide you. (Map accurate at time The New Pork Times went to print. Please double check vendor locations when you arrive, as last minute placement changes are sometimes inevitable.)

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Outside Space #1 Outside Beer Tent (under the Civitan awning)- Enjoy refreshing beverages such as Miller Lite, Coors Light, Cayman Jack, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard and Sam Adams products.

Outside Space #2Ranch House KitchenBBQ Vendor- enjoy a savory selection of smoked meats and side dishes at this professional competition team’s location.

Outside Space #3Cool Treats– Not just a treat for kids, shaved ice and hand dipped ice cream are sure to please everyone on a hot day. Great flavor selection!

Outside Space #4KJ’s Shack Hearty Philly Cheese Steaks, Chicken Cheese steaks, Polish Sausage Sandwiches and complementary side dishes and drinks.

Outside Space #5Lemon Smasher– Nothing better to quench your thirst than a fresh-squeezed lemonade… unless you try a smashed fruit mix-up, like strawberry lemonade or peach lemonade! Made with real fruit.

Outside Space #6Dease Roasted CornImagine fresh sweet corn straight out of the roaster, dipped in melted butter and seasoned to your liking. Also loaded baked potatoes and frozen sweet tea and frozen lemonade to go along with your dinner.

Outside Space #7KC Foods Here’s your indulgence stop for all things sweetly fried. Stop here to get your funnel cakes, beignets, fried Twinkies, fried Oreos, fried candy bars, and if you’re still hungry they also have chili cheese fries, chili dogs, nachos and corn dogs.

Outside Space #8Butt Face BBQ/ The Bite Club– BBQ Vendor- enjoy a savory selection of smoked meats and side dishes at this professional competition team’s location.

Outside Space #9Little Jimmy’s Italian Ice Did you know there’s a difference between Italian Ice and shaved ice? Here’s your chance to explore all the great flavors and decide which is your favorite.

Outside Space #10Fat Daddiz– Hungry? Stop and get you some jerk chicken, ribs, stuffed burgers, teriyaki and garlic chicken on a stick, pulled pork and beans and a drink to go with your meal.

Outside Space #11 Bayou Billie’s Sweet Tea–  These guys are confident they have the world’s best sweet tea. That’s because that’s all they sell! Buy a mug and get discounted refills all weekend from them.

Outside Space #12Scottish Rite of Freemasonry– Selling hot dogs to raise funds for their annual Christmas Family project. All money raised will help buy presents for a needy family in our area this December.

Outside Space #13- ET’s BBQ You might remember ET’s from the past several barbecue festivals and they enjoy coming back each time to the receptive Dothan Crowds! Enjoy a savory selection of smoked meats and side dishes at this professional competition team’s location.

Inside Space #1 (In the Biergarten)– Featuring Sam Adams Oktoberfest Draft beer, souvenir steins and PorktoberQue T-shirts and coozie holders. Enjoy other refreshing beverages such as Miller Lite, Coors Light, Cayman Jack, Twisted Tea, Angry Orchard and bottled water.

Inside Space #2 (In the Biergarten) The Bratwurst Stand – What’s an Oktoberfest without Bratwurst and sauerkraut? Come get it  here and enjoy the polka music and vendors located in the Biergarten.

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