03/27/2012

THE ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR THE ACM BBQ THROWDOWN AND OTHER BBQ EVENTS AT THE ACM EXPERIENCE

A FREE OPEN-TO-THE-PUBLIC Event for Music FANS

To be held march 30-april 1, 2012 at Mandalay Bay resort & Casino

 

WHAT:  Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the ACM BBQ Throwdown Presented by BULL, will bring together some of the most recognizable names in the competitive barbeque circuit, all competing for more than $50,000 in prizes - one of the world’s richest BBQ contests. In addition to the actual competition, there will be world champion vendors selling their famous barbecue, tastings, cooking demonstrations and much more. Visit www.ACMcountry.com to learn more.

 

WHEN:                  FRIDAY, MARCH 30th

MGM Resorts Cook Off Presented by BULL – Executive Chef Teams from several of Las Vegas’ top resorts will compete to win BULL outdoor grills worth $12,000. Activities will be hosted by Ray "DR. BBQ" Lampe.

3:00pm PST         Competition begins at the BBQ Demo Area.  Chefs include:  Chef Brian Elledge (Mandalay Bay), Chef Matt Scovill and Chuck Wagenaar (Luxor), Chef Gary Munsie and Daniel McGowen (Excalibur) and Chefs Derek Gigliotti and Julio Castillo (Mirage)

5:00pm PST         Winners Announced on the Country Thunder Stage

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st:

ACM BBQ Throwdown – The culmination of over 24-hours of grilling, perfecting and judging of the best 100 international BBQ Teams! 

12:00pm PST      Judging – Open to the public to watch!

6:00pm PST        Winners Announced on the Country Thunder Stage

BULL Sin City BBQ Challenge – Country music artists, Miss Nevada and TNA Wrestlers will be paired up with BBQ celebrities to compete for BULL outdoor grills worth $5,000 and $1,000 to a charity of choice.  Activities will be hosted by Ray "DR. BBQ" Lampe.

4:00 PM PST       Competition begins at the BBQ Demo Area with Ira Dean, Kenny Foster, Canaan Smith, Miss Nevada Alana Lee, Jeff Hardy and James Storm.

5:00pm PST         Winners Announced on the Country Thunder Stage

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 1st:

Ribba Ramma – Amateur competition open to the backyard griller – more than 40 local teams competing for a Lang BBQ Smoker (valued at $2,500). Professionals will be judging while attendees are invited to sample for a $10 suggested donation to the Autism Foundation and vote for the People's Choice Winner.   Come early as the samples are guaranteed to go fast! 

10:00 AM PST     Competition begins in the BBQ Team Area with amateur BBQ enthusiasts

3:00 PM PST       Winners Announced on the Country Thunder Stage

 

About THE ACM EXPERIENCE: THE ACM EXPERIENCE is the first-ever, free, open-to-the public country music lifestyle event created for fans during The Week Vegas Goes Country®.  The fan-focused three-day event including the ACM BBQ Throwdown, ACM Expo, the Ram Ride and Drive and more, will be held March 30-April 1, 2012 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.  The events will culminate in the already-announced ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event hosted by Zac Brown Band, on Sunday, April 1, 2012. For more information, log onto www.ACMcountry.com.