Story by Travis Bodell
Media by Travis Bodell and Naomi Saegusa
The 14th annual Wildwood BBQ Bash took place on Fri., Sept. 28-30 at St. Louis Community College - Wildwood. The event is held and organized each year by St. Louis Home Fires, a grilling company owned by Frank Schmer.
In recent years, the event has been held at Wildwood Town Center, but Schmer and organizers were forced to find an alternative venue for the 2017 rendition of the festival due to construction in the area.
“Switching locations is always difficult,” Schmer said. “We had been at the Town Center for a few years, but change is always good.”
Support from the the festivals attendees, presenters and volunteers alike is what keep the Bash flourishing after 14 years.
The Bash began out of Schmer’s love for BBQ food and grilling, he wished to combine the two for the community to participate.
“The support from those involved in the BBQ business is what got this whole thing started in the first place,” Schmer said.
The BBQ Bash sets itself apart from other food and beverage festivals in a variety of ways. The booths featured at the event were by no means limited to those selling ribs or brisket.
Some booths present dispensed fresh lemonade or bags of kettle corn, while others offered free samples from local businesses wishing to build their clientele. The variety in food available makes for more options for the picky eaters that may be in attendance each year.