10th Annual Pork In the Park BBQ Festival Returns to Salisbury

It’s ba—ack! The 10th Annual Pork in the Park National BBQ Cookoff and BBQ Festival is slated for April 19 – 21 at Salisbury, Maryland’s WinterPlace Park. Tickets, available at the gate only, are $5 daily and children under 12 are free (with the exception of the VIP Pork in the Park package). Andrew Evans of The BBQ Joint in Easton will be back with his Walk the Swine team.

Calling all sushi lovers and competitive eaters! RA Sushi Bar Restaurant presents their Sushi Showdown sushi-eating contest on Sunday, April 7 from 3 – 6 p.m. The grand prize eater will win “RA Sushi for a year.”

DRINK PINK! Beginning on April 1and continuing through the month, Baldwin’s Station in historic Sykesville is proud to support the Blossoms of Hope annual pink season by participating in their Pink Plate Specials program. During the blossoming season of Howard County’s cherry tree, local restaurateurs think pink by adding “Pink” Plate Specials to their menus or hosting special promotions to help raise cancer awareness and support the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center at Howard County General Hospital. Baldwin’s Station, named Maryland’s favorite restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, will be offering a specially designed PINK DRINK menu, with a portion of the proceeds going to the charity. And—they’re also selling raffle tickets to raise additional funds. One of the top fundraisers from last year’s event was The Iron Bridge Wine Company. Now … I love me some (owner) Steve Wecker but-cha better look over your shoulder – Baldwin’s Station owner Stewart Dearie is a comin’ for ya! Special shout out to Amanda Hof, HOCO (that’s Howard County people) Partnership promotions manager, fabulous event!

WHAT’S HAPPENING: This just in from Robbin Haas, executive chef/owner at Birroteca in Hampden. They’re now serving gluten free pizza—any toppings you like –AND—they’re available for carry out! They also have other gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options—and just introduced a new spring menu. Check it out.

Baltimore’s Highlandtown community will open its streets on Sunday, April 21 for a celebration of homemade wine, gourmet food and music at the 10th Annual Highlandtown Wine Festival. The festival takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. It’s at Our Lady of Pompei Convent Garden (3600 Claremont St.).

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, Fogo de Chão will feature its second annual special dinner event to support Junior Achievement of Central Maryland (JA). The Brazilian steakhouse’s Inner Harbor locale (600 E. Pratt St.) will offer a discounted “JA Dinner Package,” Wednesday, April 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy 15 cuts of fire-roasted meats, gourmet salad and sides bar, glass of wine or a cocktail, non-alcoholic beverages and dessert for $50 per person. Children ages, 6-10, can dine for $25. JA will receive 100 percent of the dinner package proceeds from guests who make reservations by calling 410-753-3286 or (Guests should not call the restaurant directly; only reservations made through JA are eligible for this package.)

Art with a Heart, Inc. will present Home is Where the HeART is — a “creative casual” fundraising event, Saturday, May 18, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Castle at Keswick at 3355 Keswick Rd. in Hampden. Enjoy food and cocktails from Zeffert & Gold Catering, an interactive art activity and a silent auction. Up for bid will be one–of-a-kind garden gnomes decorated in various artistic mediums by local artists and Art with a Heart teachers and volunteers. Some of the names are as follows: There’s no place like gnome, Gnomer Simpson, Sherlock Gnomes, Til the cows gnome and When in Gnome. Love it! Art with a Heart’s mission is to enhance the lives of people in need through visual art.

Grille 700, an American Brasserie at The Baltimore Marriott Waterfront updated their décor and introduced a refined menu. Executive Sous Chef Daniel Alvarez offers seasonally rotating menu items sourced locally from purveyors such as FireFly Farms Creamery & Market of Western Maryland and Hawks Hill Creamery of Harford County. Look for classics like homemade braised lamb ragout Bolognese and throwback favorites like deviled eggs … the menu offers a balance of modern twists on classic American fare.

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RANDI ROM is a Baltimore special events planner, marketing and public relations maven, freelance writer and head of R.J. Rom & Associates. Have a hot scoop? Contact Randi via e-mail at or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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