Get your bbq bibs ready!

The top West Coast BBQ teams will battle for the California State Championship title and $10,000 in cash prizes this Saturday, March 10, at Santa Anita Race track.

The competition is unique in it is one of only two sanctioned barbecue contests scheduled within L.A. County this year. Usually you have to drive out of state or just out of the county, to experience bbq competition like this. 

Get your wet napkins and bibs ready to taste and vote for your favorite bbq to win “People’s Choice,” with the purchase of $10 script per vote. One script is worth $1 and each bbq vendor determines their own prices.

Face painting, jumpers, games and more will entertain the kids while live music by Steel Rod will entertain everyone.

The competition will take place in the infield during the races. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. and racing beings at 12:30 p.m. The BBQ competition is free with $5 admission to the track.


Santa Anita Park is located at 285 W. Huntington Dr.Arcadia. For more information, visit the Santa Anita Park website.

Food truck festival (special discount)!

Although there have been crazy rumors that the gourmet food truck phenomenon is ready to bust. We here in the San Gabriel Valley are just starting to get a taste, especially since it’s rare that one of those big-name trucks make regular appearances in our neck of the woods.

Luckily, there have been enough outcries and great supporters that have rallied to bring food trucks to the area, most recently the Irwindale Speedway held a food truck festival and now it’s Santa Anita racetrack’s turn.

This Saturday, Jan. 29, get your grub on at the tracks’ first Food Truck Festival being held from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., coinciding with one of the tracks big season races – Sunshine Millions.

The festival will feature about 20 of some of the hottest gourmet food trucks in Southern California as well as a wine tent and gastropub, and a special performance by the Spazmatics – all taking place in the infield, literally in the center of all the racing action.

The Grilled Cheese Truck, Border Grill, Ragin’ Cajun and Lobsta Truck are just a few trucks to feast at during the festival. Unlike other food truck festivals, there is no need to buy tickets separately before ordering food at the trucks. Each truck will take orders and payments individually on the spot. Wine and drinks will work the same.

Tickets are $12 in advance which includes parking, entrance, race program and everyone in attendance will get an 18-pack cooler bag. Tickets at the door are $12 but do not include parking ($4). If you pay for the park entrance only, there will be a separate $5 fee to enter the festival area.

For racing fans, gates open at 10 a.m. and first post time is 11:30 a.m. For more information on the race, visit or call (800) 574-6401.

**DISCOUNT** – As a special incentive for San Gabriel Valley residents, Santa Anita is offering a $2 discount with special code SG News when purchasing tickets at The code is only valid until Friday, Jan. 28, so go get your $10 tickets now!

For more information about the festival, visit