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Barbeque Cookoff Showcases Best Local BBQ and Brings Out Community

Updated: Jul 2, 2022

Photos By: Duane C. Fernandez Sr. / Hardnotts Photography L.L.C.

ANDREAS BUTLER DEEP FOCUS NEWS The Midtown BBQ Cookoff brought out some of the best grillers/barbecue people in Daytona Beach.

The event was held June 25-26 at 844 George W. Engram Blvd. In the end, Delton ‘D.C.’ Cummings took home the first place trophy. Cummings owns Cruz N Crabs food truck business which sells crabs, conch, wings, fries, barbeque and more. It was one of several vendors at the event. “I was excited to take first place. These guys in this competition can barbecue," said D.C. Cummings. "The judges were fair. The event was great and brought the community together.” Aaron Robinson and 3 Brothers Barbeque took home second place while Daytona native, Gus Brown finished in third place.

Anthony Keener who barbecued for Greg’s Seafood and Willie Collins another Daytona native, also participated in the cook off. The BBQ Cookoff was put on by Coming Together, a non-profit organization that wants to bring events to Midtown. “We did this for the community. We wanted to do something in our community. We wanted to do something diverse for everyone. George Engram Blvd. has diverse traffic. The event was successful. This is the beginning,” said Sharon Hawkins, president, Coming Together. At the event the contestants also got to sell their food. There were also other food vendors selling non barbecue items. The event also featured live entertainment including music and a deejay. The event was held over two days with the cook off on the first day.

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