Toronto BBQ

Evergreen Brick Works
Friday, September 18th

COCHON 555 Announces Superstar Chef Lineup For First Ever Heritage BBQ & EPIC Dinner At Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival. For the first time ever, Cochon 555 is bringing its flavor packed marquee tour, Heritage BBQ, to Canada during the first two days of the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival. The Heritage BBQ announcement is just one of the amazing epicurean features of the inaugural year of the food festival, sponsored by Time Inc.’s FOOD & WINE Magazine, which is set to take place from September 18 to 20, 2015 at Evergreen Brick Works.

Cochon555’s Heritage BBQ announces the chef lineup at the fourth annual North American tour promoting heritage breed pigs and global grilling cultures. The culinary competition challenges [5] chefs to cook one whole heritage pig from a family farm for a group of 20 notable judges. Chefs have seven days to prepare one whole pig and present a “Judge’s Plate” consisting of 6 dishes scored on utilization, global influences, cooking techniques and overall flavor. The winner in Toronto will be crowned the “BBQ King or Queen” and takes homes over $3000 in prizes. In addition to sampling the competitor’s dishes, the all-inclusive ticket includes “BBQ Traditions”, another tasting inside the event where 10 notable chefs prepare one dish from their favorite BBQ culture in non-competitive spirit. If you love global flavors and star-studded culinary events, this educational event is like a top chef classroom including grilling-styles like Hibachi, Korean BBQ, Asador, Braai from Africa, Char Siu, Caja China, Churrasco, Barbacoa, as well as regional American BBQ styles from Texas to Kansas City.

This year’s competing chefs will be given a 180 pound heritage breed pig to create six dishes for a crowd of pork-loving enthusiasts. A group of respected judges will be led by Brady Lowe in selecting the winner. Non-competing chefs cooking BBQ Traditions will also be released shortly. The all-inclusive tickets for the events are expected to sell-out in each market, similar to Cochon555.


As North America’s only “World’s Fair of Global BBQ”, guests will have the chance to pair spectacular wines, brews, and spirits with globally inspired BBQ dishes. The tour motivates grilling communities worldwide to support responsibly raised animals from local farmers. Participation of chefs, partners, consumers and media help create motivation for the BBQ restaurants to support the hyper-local movement and give us something we can sink our teeth into, honest food from real farmers.

The all-inclusive stand up tasting event features 1,400+ pounds of heritage pig, “pop-up” culinary experiences, premium wines, artisan cheeses, sustainable seafood, hand-crafted spirits, fine cocktails, and a very impressive selection of whiskies, ryes and bourbon. The stunning lineup of sponsors behind this celebration of heritage species include Williams-Sonoma’s local butcher demo, short ribs from Creekstone Farms, Wilsonart’s “Perfect Manhattan” featuring Eagle Rare, Buffalo Trace, Breckenridge Bourbon, JP Wiser’s,  Woodford Reserve and Luxardo. A portion of the proceeds always benefit the local culinary school while building opportunities for local food producers. All tickets include endless drink and tons of food and are limited to only 250 tickets per event.

“We’re incredibly excited to bring Heritage BBQ to Toronto this year and pay tribute to global cultures by consuming local food the way BBQ was intended to be. Today’s BBQ restaurant doesn’t give us a choice to buy local, safe food with our hard-earned money and we’re on a mission to change that by hosting incredible events that honor the greatest social traditions on the planet, cooking over fire. This event returns the BBQ conversation to the original context of local meats, cooked with native spices, over fires and shared with a community. Therefore, the event will tilt the scales back towards creating long-term relationships for family farms and big protein buyers like BBQ restaurants. It’s only a matter of time until people demand better food choices when standing at the counter.” explains Brady Lowe. “We are standing right there with them, promoting honest food and a choice to buy safe food.”


Where: Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works

When: Friday, September 18th

VIP Admission: 6PM / $200
General Admission: 7PM / $100

General admission includes 45+ global grilling dishes prepared from nose to tail, paired with wines, brews and spirits. VIP grants one hour early access to food, drink and an opportunity to mingle with notable chefs, judges and media before general admissions arrives.


About Heritage BBQ by COCHON 555: Started in 2012 in an effort to bridge the gap between family farms and all categories of BBQ restaurants, Heritage BBQ by Cochon 555, is the first national BBQ competition dedicated to supporting a new direction for heritage breed pigs by expanding the conversation to a global economy. Created by Cochon 555 Founder Brady Lowe, Heritage BBQ engages existing BBQ restaurants in the local and sustainable food conversation taking place nationwide while simultaneously breaking ground on a new hyper-local, globally-themed, farm-supporting BBQ.

Where: Evergreen Brick Works

About Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival: Over the course of three delectable days, the 2015 Toronto FOOD&WINE Festival will showcase the expertise and creativity of the best culinary talents in Toronto, Ontario, and Canada. Toronto comes to life in the Grand Tasting Pavilion, highlighting local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Attendees will delight in programming that features fan-favorite, local and international celebrity chefs, cooking classes, tutored tastings, and special events that bring the world of food, wine, and spirits to local palates. Join us at Evergreen Brick Works from September 18-20, 2015 to celebrate our diverse city, our multicultural epicurean scene, and enjoy the ultimate culinary weekend in Toronto!

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