Smokin’ in the Mangroves


One of the island’s tastiest events returns on March 18th to Santini Marina Plaza! The 6th annual Smokin’ in the Mangroves Barbecue Competition will feature Barbecue competitors, both professionals and amateurs, cooking up smokin’ ribs, chicken and pork for bragging rights, major trophies and cash prizes.

Free barbecue samples will be available from some concessionaires to attendees, who will determine the coveted People’s Choice Award. BBQ plates and sandwiches will be available for purchase.

It’s more than great barbecue though, with bluegrass music by the Bugtussle Ramblers, an Artisan vendor market with over thirty local artists, the Santini Fresh Produce market and cocktails by Skye’s. The event runs 9am-3pm with the barbecue awards presented at 1:00 pm.

The Island Pet Rescue organization Find A Home Give A Home will be collecting donations of pet food and supplies at their tent at the market.

Event coordinator Bonnie Roberts asks that anyone who would like to get involved as a BBQ competitor, vendor or volunteer, give her a call 239-443-8810.