Wiki: Oaktown Throwdown
Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:34 AM
And for those ready to enter and judge the competition, stay tuned. Online entry forms will soon be posted. In the meantime, follow @SpokesNSmokes on Twitter for updates.
Posted 07 January 2014 - 11:41 PM
Posted 25 January 2014 - 09:58 PM
Any teams out there have special thoughts or ideas that they'd like to see at this new event.
Kid's Q is already part of the fun. What would you like to see?
Edited by Tracy Allen, 26 January 2014 - 11:30 PM.
Posted 03 February 2014 - 04:27 PM
I suggested the the ends of the street be secured and the organizers, who have been running this contest for 13 years without incident, said that is what they were planning. There will be 24 hour security. It will be off Broadway, which I feel is a great and safe location. And there is a small cafe in the middle so we eat when need be. It's also within walking distance to Chinatown, foodie restaurants, and Top Dog, Starbucks, and other breakfast type nooks I know.
I'm looking foward to it. Hope you are too.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 03:39 PM
The fact is, no one has bothered to address these issues. Oakland as its own reputation to deal with, I'm looking for a "shoot-out" while trying to cook.
Posted 17 February 2014 - 06:19 PM
Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:23 PM
You see cars driving around Oakland firing shots out the window, you say they circle the same block all night? The fact the city appears to look the other way is troublesome.
Even nice "Nordstrom" areas at midnight can be different then in the daytime. You can defend Oakland's reputation all you want, it is what it is.
Posted 18 February 2014 - 10:37 AM
Sorry for not responding sooner. I was pleased to see Donna's response and your reply thereto with appreciation and thought your concerns were at bay. So, here is a more formal response.
Downtown Oakland is awesome in oh so many ways and the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition will be right in the middle of all of the fun. Yes, Oakland is a big city, and deep East Oakland, six miles south has a reputation. But Downtown Oakland is a safe and enjoyable urban metropolis and both the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition and the larger Art + Soul Festival will have a full security detail around the clock Friday and Saturday nights, and the entire event area is fenced. The BBQ competition, as Donna explained, is in the cleaner office building part of downtown Oakland and is quite nice. And there are many additional attractions in the area, including Old Oakland, Jack London Square, Uptown Oakland, Lake Merritt, Children's Fairyland and San Pablo Avenue--Oakland's historic bbq belt.
Friday night of the competition is the same time as First Fridays in the Uptown, and there will be plenty of street attractions about 1/2 mile north of the competition for competitors and their teams and families to enjoy. At the same time, quiet time will be enforced and the area around the bbq competition should be much quieter.
I'm sure you are going to have a good time and if you or anyone would like to talk more about Downtown Oakland. I live 6 blocks from the festival in Downtown Oakland and experience it and love it every day. While keeping it our little secret so that rents can stay low, we are eager to show off all that Oakland has to offer.
Both Raider fans and 49er fans welcome, with Raider fans slightly more welcome. See you in August!
Oaktown Throwdown Organizer
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