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New Steak Cookoff Planned Next Month in the River City

Decatur, Ala. (August 25, 2022) – After a one-year break due to Covid-19 in 2020 and sluggish ticket sales in 2021, the annual Riverfest festival underwent a transformation and is returning next month as Sizzle and Smoke, a two-day competition promising exciting grilling action and good times. The inaugural festival is set for Sept. 23-24, 2022, at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, Ala.   

Mosaic Mentoring of North Alabama and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Posse have teamed up to offer Alabama's first triple steak cookoff, a Steak Cookoff Association (SCA)-sanctioned event. Anyone can take their skills to the grill and enter the competition as long as they are members of the SCA. Local businesses, organizations and weekend grillers are encouraged to register to compete. Membership to SCA is $40 to join and allows members to cook in as many steak events taking place anywhere in the United States. 

Competitors can turn in three steaks for judging. One on Friday night, Sept. 23 and two on Saturday, Sept. 24. Mosaic Mentoring and the Sheriff’s Posse will provide ribeye steaks for the competition to ensure a level playing field. The competition steaks are included in the registration fee. Sign up is available at for Friday and for Saturday.

The winning steak will earn that competitor a payout of $1000. The second place steak receives $500, the third place is $300, the fourth place will receive $200, fifth place is $150 and sixth through tenth place receive $100 each and the winners of all three steak turn-ins will automatically receive a golden ticket to the World Food Championships Finals in Dallas.

The competition also offers an Anything Goes Appetizer ancillary and a Jack Daniel’s cocktail ancillary with both paying to fifth place. Kids ages four to 13 years old can participate to see who has the best cheeseburger and compete for a payout of up to $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 each for fourth through tenth place. Registration is available at

A cooks meeting is set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday with awards at 8:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Saturday with awards at 6:30 p.m. There will also be food trucks and a steak sandwich sale (to benefit both Mosaic Mentoring and the Sheriff's Posse) on Saturday for the public along with raffle prizes and a silent auction. Admission is free.

For more information including a schedule of events, visit 


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