Grill masters and BBQ lovers will be gathering on April 1 at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs for the 4th annual Sunshine Ace Hardware Big Green EGGfest.
EGGfest is a family-friendly celebration of barbecue that includes all-you-can-eat food samplings, craft beer, grilling demonstrations and live music. The event doubles as a cooking competition with two divisions: trained chefs, caterers and restauranteurs will compete in the pro division, while home cooks compete in the amateur division. Taster tickets allow attendees to try food samples from each chef and cast votes for their favorite items, awarding the People’s Choice Awards, while a Judges Panel crowns the EGGhead Grill Master Pro and GrillMaster Amateur, which will win a Mini Max Big Green Egg as well as other prizes. Two-time winner Chef Asif Syed, of 21 Spices, who beat the infamous Bobby Flay on The Food Network, returns in hopes of capturing a third title.
All chefs use a Big Green Egg to prepare meats, vegetables and side dishes. The multi-functional ceramic charcoal barbecue cooker can be used as a grill, oven or smoker.
“We tend to start our summers earlier in Southwest Florida, and the Big Green EGGfest has become the region’s unofficial kickoff to summer,” said Michael Wynn, president of Sunshine Ace Hardware. “While this event was created as a celebration of barbecue, it’s also grown into a fairly large charitable event to support organizations focused on our local charities.”
This year, proceeds will support Farm City BBQ, Kiwanis, Leadership Collier, and United Way of Collier and the Keys. Event sponsors include NCH Healthcare System, PBS Contractors, Lee Health, BKS Partners, Florida Gulf Coast University and Lantz Financial Team.
Taster tickets are $20 each and include the entrance fee, unlimited samples and three voting ballots. Additionally, VIP tickets are $50 and include access to a VIP tent and open bar in addition to food samples and voting privileges. Live music will be provided by The Moonstone Riders.
Amateur chefs can register for $25, while the registration cost for professional chefs is $150. Chefs can enter with a team of up to three other individuals as sous chefs and servers.
For taster tickets, chef registration or sponsorship opportunities, please visit SunshineAceEGGfest.com.
About Sunshine Ace Hardware
Family-owned and operated since 1958, Sunshine Ace Hardware is one of Florida’s largest family-owned home improvement retailers. The Naples-based company operates nine locations in Collier, Lee, Charlotte, and Pinellas counties, as well as two Crowder Bros. stores in Manatee County. A new location in Founders Square in Collier County is opening in April 2023. Each store is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable associates known for going the extra mile to help commercial and residential customers find the right tools for their jobs. Sunshine Ace is the region’s go-to source for power equipment, paint, hardware, fishing gear, plumbing products, electrical supplies, gifts, and home improvement products, including name brands like Benjamin Moore, STIHL, Milwaukee, Scotts, Weber, Big Green Egg, Penn, and Shimano. Through its Helpful Hub, Sunshine Ace provides services like screen repair, key cutting, and color matching, as well as delivery and assembly for grills, power tools, and more. Sunshine Ace offers three convenient options to shop: in-store, curbside pickup, and online with home delivery. Sunshine Ace also brings its helpful service to your home through its Ace Handyman repair services. For additional information such as operating hours, handyman services, and locations, please visit SunshineAce.com.