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Grillers Gung Ho!

Published:Wednesday | December 31, 1969 | 7:00 PM
The Reggae Jammin brand was out representing as they treated guests to their tasty hotdogs. From left are promoter Tamara Douglas, Reggae Jammin brand manager, Racquel Rowe, promoter Amanda Foote and Reggae Jammin promotions and brand officer Lorraine Kemble.
Daidrey Miller (left) is engaged in conversation with Anika Smith at the official launch of the Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill Off on Wednesday evening at Fiction.
Organiser of the Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill Off 2012, Craig Powell (second left), hangs with (from left) Michael Matalon, Richard Ramson and Jason Younis at the launch of the barbecue competition on Wednesday evening at Fiction. - photos by Winston Sill
Creative Media's Garth Walker (left) is perhaps talking business with Wray & Nephew's Gary Dixon at the launch of the Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill off on Wednesday evening.
These three lovelies (from left), Roxan Lewis, Safiya Carroll and Mandie Pink were also out for the launch of the Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill Off held on Wednesay at the Fiction Lounge.
Lascelles was also out to treat guests to some fine wine at the recent launch of the Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill Off. From left: Lascelles promotions and events coordinator Janice Hall, Tara Wright, Lascelles brand manager, Melissa Barnett and Sasheen Bennett.
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Latoya Grindley, Gleaner Writer

Who will be this year's king/queen of the grill? Will the title return to Kingston? These questions and more will be answered come June 17 when the battle on the grills heats up, serving up some of the most unique barbecue flavours and dishes.

With the official launch taking place on Wednesday at the Fiction Lounge, organiser Craig Powell is anticipating one of the biggest stagings since its inception in 2007.

With 18 teams participating last year, Powell is aiming for a maximum of 30 this year. "That number can be accommodated and, if it happens, it will be the largest one so far."

As part of the food event's staging, there are also plans for a celebrity chef to be invited to participate. This, which has not yet been finalised, is to be facilitated by the Jamaica Tourist Board. And, according to Powell, if it happens, it will help to advertise Jamaica to the world.

A family event, patrons will be privy to samples of food from the competitors from midday to four in the afternoon. And to keep the children occupied, parents can comfortably allow their children to be part of the Ocean Spray Wata Kiddies Village, which should keep them going throughout the day.

To be staged at the Hope Gardens, grillers will be competing in the categories of chicken, beef/lamb, seafood and pork.

The winners, who will receive a cash prize and trophy, will also be guaranteed a trip to represent Jamaica in the American Royal Association's Annual World Series of Barbecue in October.

So, if you think you can grill, sign up now for the exciting, fun and sizzling Appleton Estate All Jamaica Grill Off. Get those recipes going, and patrons, be prepared to get served up some amazing barbecue flavours that will tantalise your taste buds all day. Sounds good, doesn't it? Make it a date!

latoya.grindley@gleanerjm.com