Oceanport, N.J. – Fresh off
the heels of the successful Shore Chef Crab Cake Cook-Off, Monmouth Park packed
them in again over the Labor Day weekend with the equally popular BBQ and Craft
Beer Festival. More than 26,000 flowed
into Monmouth Park on Saturday and Sunday as the
racetrack played host to its annual barbecue outing.
Following two days of food tasting, the judges named Memphis
Pig Out in Atlantic Highlands as the Best Pork, while Local Smoke, located in Neptune City, took home the People’s Choice Award.
Other awards went to Ben’s BBQ & Catering for Best Brisket and BBQ
specialty (BBQ Gumbo), while DRJ Catering won Best Ribs and the Chop Shop won
for Best Presentation.
“Once again, our food festival has drawn considerable
interest,” said Bob Kulina, President of Darby Development LLC, operators of
Monmouth Park Racetrack. “These events
have proven wildly successful the past several years and continue to grow each
season. We will look to build on their
success and perhaps add new and interesting festivals in the future.”
Sunday’s attendance of 15,424, coupled with 11,120 on
Saturday, brought the weekend total to 26,544.
Two weeks ago, the racetrack hosted 25,526 for the Shore Chef Crab Cake
Live racing continues at Monmouth Park
on Monday, Sept. 3 for a special Labor Day card. The 2012 season continues through Sunday,
Oct. 7. Gates will continue to open at
11:30 a.m. with first post set at 12:45 p.m.