MISSOULA – Food, fun and lots of meat will be featured at the second annual Carnivores Classic at the Montana Food Festival. The classic, a benefit for the Missoula College Culinary Arts Program, will take place Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, at the Missoula County Fairgrounds.
This year’s event will kick off Friday evening with “Drive-In, Grill-Out Theater,” an evening of barbeque and big-screen entertainment. Participants can enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater while contestants from the Kansas City Barbeque Society begin their all-night cook-off for Saturday’s feast.
Friday’s event costs $25 per vehicle, and tailgating before and during the movie is encouraged. There also will be a cash bar courtesy of The Rhino. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with the lighting of the asado grill loaded with a whole steer, pork, chicken, lamb and salmon and the firing of the Axmen bowling-ball cannon. Call the Axmen at 406-728-7020 for more details.
The Carnivores Classic will continue on Saturday with “Barbecue from Around the World.” The event will feature a grand buffet prepared by the students of the MC Culinary Arts Program and will have as its centerpiece the roast of steer, prepared asado-style.
Tickets to the event cost $25 for adults and $8 for kids 5-12, and include the asado buffet, live music, on-stage culinary demonstrations, the “Griz-Bobcat Throw-Down Barbeque Contest” and awards. The winner of the Kansas City Barbecue Society also will be crowned at this sanctioned event.
As plans for the new Missoula College campus are finalized, the Culinary Arts Program aims to raise more than $150,000 in designated funds for its program to help defray building and equipment costs including state-of-the-art equipment for the new facility. A large part of the funding will come from hosting the Carnivores Classic at the Montana Food Festival.