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Guam Visitors Bureau event lights up Pleasure Island Tumon with over 12,000 in attendance

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is proud to announce the BBQ competition winners of the fifth annual Pleasure Island Guam BBQ Block Party that took place on Saturday, July 1st. Eight teams competed in three categories – chicken, beef and pork – but only one earned the title of the overall 2017 Champion Grill Master. Team Meskla, led by chef Peter Duenas, swept competition away and took this top honor. Team Meskla also placed first in all three categories.
GVB congratulates Team Meskla, as well as the winners in the following categories:


First Place: Meskla (Team captain: Peter Duenas)
Second Place: Team Dokgnos (Team captain: Darren Dragon)
Third Place: Åsu Smokehouse (Team captain: Buddy Orsini)


First Place: Meskla (Team captain: Peter Duenas)
Second Place: Guam Barbecue Company
(Team captain: Joe Okada)
Third Place: Dusit Smiles (Team captain: David Hodge)


First Place: Meskla (Team captain: Peter Duenas)
Second Place: Team Dokgnos (Team captain: Darren Dragon)
Third Place: Åsu Smokehouse (Team captain: Buddy Orsini)

The Micronesian Chefs Association has again partnered with GVB to conduct the BBQ competition and awarded over $4,000 in prize money to competition winners.

“At the Guam BBQ Block Party, one person wins the title of 2017 Champion Grill Master, but everyone is a winner,” said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. “This family-friendly event had something for everyone to enjoy, from the always-popular BBQ competition to the new addition of food trucks. Local residents and visitors came together to celebrate Guam’s love of barbecue as Fourth of July festivities kicked off.”

The night opened with a surprise Marching Band number by the Guam Territorial Band and live music performed by Joe Guam, Cool Down and DJ Sylnt kept the crowd entertained. Domingo Ocampo was named the winner of the second annual Hot Diggety Dog hot dog eating contest after he devoured seven 10-inch Nathan hot dogs in 5 minutes. Additionally, the Guam BBQ Block Party offered more food options by featuring food trucks from the Guam Street Grinds & Finds. As tradition follows, various food and beverage vendors also lined up the block party catering to thousands of people that walked around Pleasure Island with their families and friends.

GVB would like to thank its partners and sponsors — T Galleria by DFS, The Plaza Shopping Center, Outrigger Guam Beach Resort, Dusit Thani Guam Resort, SandCastle, Miller Lite, Pepsi Bottling Company, the Stations of KUAM, Triple J Five Star Wholesale, Hot Diggety Dog, Docomo Pacific, The Guam Daily Post, Micronesian Chefs Association, Tymeless, Guam Street Grinds & Finds, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Public Works, Guam Homeland Security and Department of Public Health and Social Services — for their support of the Pleasure Island Guam BBQ Block Party.

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