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‘Don’ Dogs & ‘Mann’ Burgers…comin’ right up, NOAA style!


Don Mann, cookin’ away
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To celebrate the one year anniversary of the NOAA Pacific Fleet moving its home-base from Seattle to Newport, Newport is throwing a big barbecue – a tuna barbecue called the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge. It’s a combination of small town Americana picnic – but on a bay – and by an Iron Chef competition with locally caught tuna. Both days’ events take place at Port Dock 7 on Newport’s historic Bayfront, and include everything from scrumptious seafood, barbecued burgers and hot dogs, a massive cake for NOAA and a big classic car show.

The event begins Friday, August 10 at 4:30 p.m., with a barbecue of “Don Dogs and Mann Burgers” – grilled by Port General Manager Don Mann and his barbecue team – and hosted by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce. The BBQ feast sizzles until 6:30 p.m. Five bucks gets you a full plate including side dishes and Pepsi products.

A special commemoration ceremony for NOAA begins at 5:30 p.m., with officials from the Port of Newport, the chamber and local dignitaries. It also features a big anniversary cake for NOAA’s first full year in Newport, presented by Chinook Winds.

On Saturday, August 11, it all cranks back up at 10 a.m. with a tasty celebration of the Great Albacore Tuna BBQ Challenge, which begins at 11 a.m. Approximately 15 teams of chefs are expected to compete for prizes, performing their culinary feats right in front of the judges and the public.

James Myers, one of the organizers of the event, said the recipes will be quite creative, and that the event follows a new tradition in Newport for interesting culinary festivals.

“This is like several of the cook-offs famous now in Newport including the Great Newport Wild Seafood Cook-Off and the 5 Alarm Firehouse Cook-Off,” Myers said.

The public does get a taste of the results, he said.

Awards ceremonies happen at 3:30 p.m., with teams competing for $2000 in prizes, including first through fifth place awards and a People’s Choice Winner.

Meanwhile, a special added to the two-day feast is the NW Woodies and Bay City Classic Car Show.

There are no fees to enter the competition and the ceremony events are free to the public, except tuna cook competition. Cost includes “all you can sample” of the tuna entry dishes. Advanced tickets at $10 can be obtained by going to www.yaquinabaybbq.com or $12 at the gate. Students 6-15 are only $5.

For more information or to enter into the competition, contact James Myers, beachbum55@charter.net or call 541-270-0892.

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