Historic 25th Global Gathering this Weekend
By Doc Lawrence
LYNCHBURG, TN-It’s October in Dixie and that means the annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. The best and most prestigious of them all is now celebrating 25 years of the global gathering of the champs from the U.S. and other countries. Here, Belgium meets Canada head on while Australia takes on Germany among others. Florida, Kentucky and Massachusetts compete with teams from Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. The list is very long and the accents are many.
Serving as a judge here on the most hallowed ground of America’s spirits industry is second to nothing. Other thrill-seekers jump off cliffs and parachute hoping to survive. Some run from bulls in a cheap imitation of Pamplona. My idea of a thrill is a rush with meaning: Jack Daniel’s with friends and good things to eat. Here in beautiful Lynchburg.
The evening before Saturday’s competition, I’ll be joining Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller and Buttermilk Road’s Chef Lisa Donavan at the historic Bethel House beside the landmark distillery for some Southern fare paired with Jack Daniel’s hot new product, Sinatra Select.
Frank Sinatra really enjoyed Jack Daniel's. Great whiskey has a long memory.
Jack Daniel’s has honored the man who was such a loyal fan. Sinatra Select at 90 proof come in a one-liter bottle and a gift box. The whiskey is made from barrels that are hand-selected by Arnett for, according to a Jack Daniel’s spokesperson, “a fuller flavor and darker color, then mingled with classic Old No. 7 to result in a drink with a smooth, bold character.”
Meet me at the Judge’s Pavilion this Saturday. I’ll introduce you to
some of the legends in sports, radio and television, tourism,
journalism, famous restaurants and friends from other nations who love
this spectacular event.
NOTE: The Florida trip you’ll never forget: http://mycookingmagazine.com/gourmet-highway-walking-with-wolves-the-waterways-of-northwest-florida/