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Second Annual

Roaring Camp Cook-Off

Second Annual Roaring Camp Cook-Off

Memorial Weekend, May 25-26


Join the Competition!

Do you have what it takes? Whether you’re a Pit Master or a Backyard Enthusiast, come show off your skills and compete for glory at the second annual Roaring Camp Cook-Off. Bragging rights and cash prizes await the BBQ virtuosos!

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Master Series
Saturday, May 25

KCBS Master Series 4 Meat Contest  + People’s Choice

Competition open to KCBS members

20-25 Spots Available
$8,000 in cash prizes

BackYard Series
Sunday, May 26

KCBS BackYard Series Contest
2 Meats – Pork Ribs & Beef Tri-Tip

Competition open to all BBQ enthusiasts
*Must comply with county health code

Increasing Prize Pool Based on Team Count!

Memorial Weekend, May 25-26

Train Schedule 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Competition 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Belly up to the Roaring Camp BBQ Cook-Off as nationally recognized Pit-Masters and local Grill Gurus battle it out to be crowned the Best BBQ. Come hungry and vote for your favorite! Wash it down with a cold beer from one of Santa Cruz’s best local breweries.

A celebration of old-world Americana that promises fun for all ages. Join us for a family-friendly event that will transport you back in time with attractions and activities that will delight and entertain you. From mouth-watering BBQ to live music and games, this event has something for everyone. Even more so if you have an affinity for historic steam trains as you can take a trip on the narrow gauge historic steam trains of the Roaring Camp Railway. Travel over trestles, through towering redwood groves, and up a winding narrow-gauge grade to the summit of Bear Mountain.

Price Train & Tasting Kit: Adult $64.95 Child $49.95
Tasting Kit: $20.00, Single Tastings: $6.00

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Live Music – TBD
Bounce Houses
Faro Card Game with Doc Holiday
Kids Club Activities
Pedal Tractors
Gold Panning 
Tin-type Photos