After 11 years of bringing mouthwatering fare to local barbecue enthusiasts, Langley BBQ Off the Bypass organizer Angie Quaale has announced she is taking a break.
For more than a decade Quaale has invited the community to taste and celebrate slow Southern-style BBQ, so it is with mixed emotions, said the owner of Well Seasoned Gourmet Food Store and cooking school, that she made the decision to take a break from the festival.
“The community surrounding BBQ Off the Bypass can never be replicated, and I thank everybody who has taken part from the beginning, for their trust in me to create a successful competition and festival celebrating barbecue,” said Quaale.
What started as a small parking lot pop-up event, over the years has drawn thousands of people from not only Langley, but all over Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Washington.
In the span of the competition, dozens of new pit masters, judges, and head judges have been trained, and thousands of fans emerged with a true appreciation for low and slow BBQ.
The competition also had a measurable impact on the community, raising more than $75,000 for Fraser Valley charities.
Quaale said it isn’t necessarily gone for good.
“Anything is possible. Why not take a break on a bit of a high note, revisit and look at how to keep it fresh or turn it into something else,” she said.
Quaale was introduced to competitive barbecuing in 2004 when she met BBQ evangelist and Canadian BBQ champion Rockin’ Ronnie Shewchuk. Quaale figured the best way to join the quest for the ultimate BBQ was to host a competition.
In 2005, she invited teams to travel Langley, from all over the Pacific Northwest and, as a result, the BBQ on the Bypass (its original name) was born.
Since then BBQ has taken Quaale to competitions across North America.
Quaale didn’t say if there are plans to bring the event back in the future.