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Barbecue contest anchors Farmingville weekend festival

Pitmaster Will Breakstone poses with a rack of

Pitmaster Will Breakstone poses with a rack of ribs at South Shore BBQ Company in Patchogue, April 19, 2014. Credit: Daniel Brennan

A barbecue cook-off will be the culmination of two days of festivities Saturday and Sunday at the Pennysaver Amphitheater in Farmingville.

The “Hope on the Hill” BBQ Contest has been organized by Will Breakstone, Long Island’s much-decorated pitmaster. On Saturday, while a dozen barbecue teams set up their rigs and begin to smoke, visitors can wander through a huge flea market in the amphitheater parking lot. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Long Island Cares will be on hand to collect canned and nonperishable food donations. Admission and parking are free Saturday. This is a rain-or-shine event.

On Sunday, the teams will compete in the categories of chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork and beef brisket. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m. and $1,200 will be awarded. There is a $5-per-car entrance fee.

It can be mouthwateringly frustrating to attend a barbecue competition because the competition food is not for sale. But there will be plenty to eat: Barbecue smoked by Breakstone will be for sale, as well as baked potatoes, roasted corn and lemonade from North Fork Foodworks, popcorn from Poparazzi, Knot of This World pretzels and small-batch soda from Sag Harbor’s Miss Lady Root Beer.

In the parking lot on Sunday, there will be a car show, with 20 judged classes, organized by Endless Summer Car Shows

Proceeds from the events will be donated to the West Islip Breast Cancer Coalition.

The Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill is located at 1 Ski Run Lane in Farmingville.

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