Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game BBQ Cook-Off Returns to Galveston May 9-10

25th Annual Event Benefits Area Charities

 Area backyard chefs, cooking teams and those interested in a friendly competition that benefits local charities, are invited to show off their culinary skills during the Yaga’s Children’s Fund Wild Game BBQ Cook-off. The 25th annual event returns Mother’s Day Weekend May 9-10 to Galveston’s Pier 19. The event is believed to be the largest Wild Game cook-off in the world.

The two-day, family-friendly event will make its comeback after the 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic. This year, the cook-off will be smaller but the board felt the fundraiser was necessary to support the charities injured by the pandemic. Of course, the star of the show is the delicious food coming off the grills and out of the smokers.

“The variety and quality of food these teams put out is amazing,” event organizer and Yaga’s Children Fund Board President Richard Garza said. “These amateur chefs prepare what many consider to be some of the best seafood, beef and wild game around. We’re ready to welcome these competitors back to the island.”

While enjoying the food, participants can also take pleasure in knowing that this event benefits the Yaga’s Children’s Fund, a non-profit organization that supports more than 25 Galveston County organizations. Since its official formation in 2002, the Yaga’s Children’s Fund has allocated more than $1,300,000 for Galveston County charities benefiting youth, educational and health-based organizations.

“The cook-off began with the intention of creating a family oriented two-day event in Galveston’s downtown district,” Yaga’s Entertainment Mike Dean said. “The event has evolved to become an annual tradition for competitors and their families and a fun way to support local charities that do so much good in our communities.”

Those interested in becoming a sponsor can contact Mike Dean at 409-789-3357. For details about competing in the cook-off, contact Richard Garza 409-789-2288 or visit www.YCFund.org