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2011 Rib Fest at the:

Pacific National Exhibition
2901 East Hasting Street
Vancouver, BC Canada V5K 5J1
604-253-2311, Fax 604-251-7753

www.pne.ca



   
Rick Streiff                      "BBQbyDan" - Dan Cannon                "QN4U" - Brent Walton
    


 
Departure - Sunday, 14-August-2011
   
Sunday, 14-August-2011, Rick and Karen Streiff arrived to hook-up to my trailered 2 Ole Hickory pits that we were taking to Vancouver. We
needed to hook up with Brent Walton at his QN4U BBQ House restaurant as we were all going to Vancouver caravanning together, all towing trailers, and staying at KOA's each evening.
 
We arrived at the QN4U BBQ house, in Clovis California, at approximately 14:00. Brent and Kim sat down and we had a nice lunch prior to hooking up the required trailers and traveling the remaining 180 miles to the West Sacramento KOA for the evening. We left the BBQ House at 15:00 and arrived at the KOA approximately 19:00.
 
Enroute to Vancouver
    
Our plan was to leave on Sunday for Canada, stay at KOA's Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings. Then arrive at the Canadian border early on Wednesday morning so as not to have a long delay crossing the border.
  
We did in fact arrive at the border approximately 09:30 (+/-) Wednesday morning. We were instructed to park the three trucks/trailers, go
inside to have our work permits issued (we had already obtained them at the Canadian consulate in Los Angeles), provide keys to the border agents, answer their questions, then roughly 30 minutes later we were okayed to proceed to the PNE venue for a two day booth setup to start vending cases of Pork Spareribs, Beef Tritip, Pork Butt, Smoked Sausage Links, Potato Salad, Beans, and Coca Cola Soda's and Water daily, for 17 days at the PNE Ribfest.
  
Arrival - Wednesday 17-August-2011
    
We arrived at the PNE vending booth setup area approximately 11:00 on Wednesday. As you can see in the pictures the booths or much of the facility had not yet been built up. To ensure we had the right spot and location we contacted Justin Kyllo of Smoke and Bones BBQ, to be located in a booth down from us. Justin was also the PNE Ribfest coordinator. He placed us and provided us with much of our needs during the entire event.  Just adjacent to us was Rob Reinhardt, Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ, who was also in the process of setting up his booth as well.
  

Vending
  
The companies / restaurants / booths / teams that were on site and set up to vend BBQ were:
       


               
Smoke and Bones BBQ
Justin & Cheryl Kyllo & family
Vancouver Canada
www.SmokeandBones.ca 
SmokeandBones@me.com
       


     
QN4U BBQ House
Brent Walton
Clovis California
www.QN4UBBQHouse.com
BrentWalton2@Yanoo.com
   
and ( teams up together as QN4U for this great event )
   
BBQbyDan

   Agua Dulce California

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Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ
Rob Reinhardt & family
Regina Saskatchewan Canada
www.PrairieBBQ.com
info@PrairieBBQ.com
         
    


       
Gator BBQ Company
Matt Smith and son Nick Smith
Ontario Canada
GatorBBQ@cablerocket.com
         


    
Crazy Canuck Smokers,
??? sorry, forgot to get proper names for this team !!!  If provided I will post !?!
      


  
The vending went on for 17 days straight.  Did somebody say "Groundhog Day" !!! Sure seemed like it. Up at 07:00 to receive the food deliveries and get everything setup. Close at 11:00 to midnight (depending up the crowds), booking and cleaning till 01:30 - 02:00.
  
Then get up and repeat this every morning. Everyday we did case after case of BBQ Ribs, Pork Butts, Smoked Sausage Links, TriTips, BBQ Beans, and Potato Salad. We had a crew of a dozen local Canadians that worked for us and were the BEST !!! The ring leader, Yvonne Ko, helped to secure a lot of the participants as we needed help and needed people that were reliable and would show up everyday, work hard, and provide our customers the "best of the best" service. AND, all our people that very well!!!
    
What a great crew we had !!!  Their names were:
   
Yvonne Ko (Ring-leader), Clint Mofakham, Jordan Leveille, Kevin Coates, Toby Zhang,
Eric Kan, Andrew Yang, Bartosz Suchorowski, Amber Frost, Kevin Beaulieu, and Kevin

     
Sorry to anybody I missed.  Please send your name and I will post.  I tried hard to get it right!

Also, special thanks to Lorraine Brett, PNE Exhibit Manager, and Justin & Cheryl Kyllo, RibFest PNE Event Coordinators for making everything so easy for us, facilitating our every need, and making the overall experience very comfortable !!!
Also, a few other mentions:
Josh the PNE Plumber made everything perfect reference to water, drainage, and hook-up facilitation
Danny and his Electrical team who worked so hard to ensure all the power requirements were met and perfect during the entire event
Ron the Coca Cola service person who helped us every day with mechanical or refrigeration needs
Bill with Gordon Food Services (GFS) who ensured we had food product in our hands every day
Rick Bone who was there everyday to help us with our food facilitation needs, and just general vending requirements
and again to all those I forgot to mention who worked for us and made it so easy to sell BBQ product to all the PNE attendees.
Okay Brent... I will not mention your GREAT adventure  with parking !!!
  
17 days was a LONG time to be working this hard. I probably have not worked this hard since I was in the Army, Basic Training to be exact. We were all tired and beat, except that is for Brent Walton. Since he is a BBQ machine he kept on non-stop and never showed any wear for the grueling schedule. Maybe operating his restaurant, QN4U BBQ House for the last 3-4 years has built up his stamina and expectations of what each day brings.

We ended up leaving Tuesday. The fair ended on Monday (September 4th, a holiday) evening. Left Tuesday, the next day.
         
Departure Tuesday, 6-September-2011
     
Needless to say all the folks from all the booths were all ready for the last day. We were all planning a "Wrap Party" after closing. Along
with starting the booth breakdown !!! Of course that partying and booth breakdown did not end till roughly 04:00 am !!! BUT, I have to say that Brent, with hired help, had 3/4's of the breakdown completed. And, with all those big signs and banners that had to be built and attached that is saying a lot! Rick Bone was a big help with everything, including the breakdown. It was also nice to sit with everybody that had made the Ribfest happen and successful in a relaxing and social way versus the harsh work environment we had all worked through the previous 17 straight days of BBQ vending !!!
   
Everybody returned by 09:00 the next morning and we finalized the packing of everything into the 3 trailers. We were the first team to be
finished, done, packed, and enroute back to home. We ended up pulling out at roughly 03:00 pm.

We were planning on getting back into the USA and at the first KOA we could hit across the border, thus, we arrived at roughly 06:00 and were finally ready for a relaxing adult beverage, debriefing, and a bit of relaxation and self-congratulations by all.

Enroute & Arrival Home - Saturday 10-September-2011
   
The trip home was relaxing and enjoyable! Finally we were able to rest and relax a bit. AND, not put 32 butts on the pits each night and 4 cases of ribs in the Ole Hickory's at sun-up.

We traveled 550 miles the 2nd day, long, and pulled into the next KOA at roughly 09:00. Much to the dismay of all our neighboring campers as we did not hit the sack till midnight!
  
Then the next day 90 miles to the Mount Shasta KOA where we arrived by noon, relaxed, had a nice dinner, and really came to a stop for the longest time during the entire month-long journey.
 
Pulled out the next day and landed 400 miles later at Clovis, the QN4U BBQ House, where we could really relax, be at home, and finally feel like the vent was about at an end.
  
Rick, Karen, and I stayed overnight after a nice dinner and social time provided by Brent and Kim, then headed home the next day (Saturday) to arrived at the BBQbyDan residence around noon! Finally, the month long adventure / journey, was complete.
   
One week later and we are all still tired and sore. When will it end   ???

Pictures below :

 

An artistic piece done by a local Canadian at his metal fabrication company.  Welded in Surgical stainless &  polished to a mirror finish.  The artists welds designs, creates, and welds the entire piece heard that it was being sold to a purchaser in Hong Kong for 4.5 million.  But, that is just not official and what I heard from folks standing by the dragon and it could  be just people talking!
  

QN4U BBQ Vending booth All 5 of the BBQ Vending booths
Departing from the BBQbyDan location and then arrival and departure from the QN4U BBQ Hous4e in Clovis California
 
Our vehicles crossing from the U.S. side into Canada, enroute to Vancouver
   
Arriving in Vancouver
 
The vending site prior to booth  setup
The vending site prior to any booth being setup Behind the vending trailer prior to booth setup.  Special thanks to PNE management for letting us keep that table behind all the booths so all the team members could relax and socialize  when we found a free moment ! Fire lane behind the booth
   

We teamed up for the contest
and vending
   

 
     
     
     
     
     
     
  QN4U BBQ Vending booth
    
Brent &
Lorraine Brett, Manager PNE Exhibit Space
           
Gator BBQ Booth, rear, right Smoke and Bones BBQ Booth
QN4U BBQ Vending Booth
   
QN4U BBQ Vending Booth
   
Gator BBQ Booth (Matt & Nick Smith) Brent  ready to open the event
 
 
Smoke and Bones BBQ Booth Brent &
Lorraine Brett, Manager PNE Exhibit Space
QN4U BBQ Vending Booth
   

QN4U BBQ Vending Booth   Television news van at BBQ booths
   
Myself in makeup prior to the morning Breakfast Television show
 
Brent and I waiting in the "Morning Breakfast" Television Green room Television News Show Interviewer
     Dan Cannon, Brent Walton, TV Announcer, Justin Kyllo, and  Rob Reinhardt
   
The Morning Breakfast Television News Show Interviewer (the girl) & setup
The Morning Breakfast Television News Show Interview setup
 
TV Press folks relaxing behind the booths
PNE Press contact and Brent Behind the booth
   
QN4U BBQ Vending Booth staff
Yvonne was the "ringleader" and helped us identify many of the great staff members !!!
   
Kevin, Jordan, Clint Andrew Yang with a case of ribs above his head!!! 
Andrews talking and voice kept me in sync... when he was gone I missed hearing him commenting on everything !!!  In fact Andrew's talking and metronome type voice  kept the serving line sync'ed up perfectly and helped a bunch !!!
     
We did 12-16 cases of ribs alone daily !!!
As well as 24-32 Pork Butts, Tritips, Sausage Links, Beans, Potato Salad, sodas, and water, in the same quantities EVERY DAY !!!
Clint, Jordan, Kevin, Bart
 
Bart was our RIGHT-HAND MAN,
he really worked hard at the real physical things !!!
Clint, Jordan, Kevin Toby, Eric, Andrew Yvonne, Jordon,
Rick, Kevin, & Clint
Eric, Andrew Yvonne, Jordan, Rick, Kevin, Toby, & Clint
   
Toby, Andrew, Dan, Jordan, Rick, Kevin, Toby, & Clint
   
Yvonne's friends visiting Brent, Bartosz, Amber
 
Bartosz was our RIGHT-HAND MAN,
He could prep all the raw ribs, then cut them cooked for serving.  Not to mention getting all the Beans and Potato Salad ready to go !!! Great job Bart !!!
Friend from Donut vending booth Toby, Andrew, Eric Yvonne Ko ( Ringleader and provider  of many of our staff ) & Dan (me)
  

What a great crew we had helping us the QN4U BBQ Rib Fest Booth !!!  Their names were:
   
Yvonne Ko (Ring-leader), Clint Mofakham, Jordan Leveille, Kevin Coates, Toby Zhang,
Eric Kan, Andrew Yang, Bartosz Suchorowski, Amber Frost, Kevin Beaulieu, and Kevin.

      
Sorry to anybody I missed.  Please send you name and I will post.  I tried hard to get it right!
    

Our FANTASTIC STAFF !!! Justin Kyllo getting a large Sausage dog for his crew to enjoy
 
Brent & Yvonne setting up the booth cash register
Crazy Canuck Smokers  The Wrap Party on the last day after 17 days of continuous BBQ Vending
Rob Reinhardt & team/family, Regina Saskatchewan Canada
www.PrairieBBQ.com
Justin Kyllo did sneak in on the right !
   

Rick Bone, Helped QN4U BBQ House
A WHOLE BUNCH !!!
   

Rob's Dad and Tanya
from Robs team, www.PrairieBBQ.com
 
Rob's Dad and Tanya
from Robs team, www.PrairieBBQ.com
The Wrap Party, last day !!!

Matt Smith (Gator BBQ booth) 
& Brent Walton (QN4U Booth)
   

Brent Walton, Karen & Rick Streiff, and myself Hanging at a KOA's to and from Vancouver
   

   
  BBQ Rub/Seasoning made prior to event and taken to Vancouver, 28 tubs !!!  

  
The companies / restaurants / booths / teams that were on site and set up to vend BBQ were:

               
Smoke and Bones BBQ
Justin & Cheryl Kyllo & family
Vancouver Canada
www.SmokeandBonesBBQ.ca 
SmokeandBones@me.com
     


    


       
QN4U BBQ House
Brent Walton
Clovis California
www.QN4UBBQHouse.com
BrentWalton2@Yanoo.com
     

  


    
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   Agua Dulce California

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Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ
Rob Reinhardt & family
Regina Saskatchewan Canada
www.PrairieBBQ.com
info@PrairieBBQ.com
    
 
     

        


    
Gator BBQ Company
Matt Smith and son Nick Smith
Ontario Canada
GatorBBQ@cablerocket.com
    

    


 
Crazy Canuck Smokers,
??? sorry, forgot to get proper names for this team !!!  If provided I will post !?!
   

   


 
 

 

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