Dole Set To Participate In The 26th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Great-tasting barbecue can be healthy, too. That’s the inspiration behind Dole’s participation in the 26th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C., June 23-24.  

Amy Tobin, celebrity chef, blogger and host of the weekly radio show Amy’s Table: A Guide to Living, will use DOLE® fruits, vegetables, berries and salads throughout the weekend celebration to show food and barbecue lovers the fantastic flavors inherent in fresh fruits and vegetables, how best to use them and incorporate grilling into healthy living. 

“Our mission at Dole is to encourage Americans to always improve their healthy living by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Bil Goldfield, Dole’s director of corporate communications. “One way we do this is by participating in events like the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle that prove that healthy eating can still be delicious, easy and even a lot of fun. As a Midwest culinary legend, Amy has so many healthy grilling secrets she can’t wait to share.”

Chef Amy will offer on-site cooking demonstrations, tastings and healthy barbecue tips during the event. At Dole’s official event tent space, Tobin will also offer free sample tastings ofDOLE® Slawesome! Kits, a new line of convenient seasoned slaw kits that offer a healthier, easier and more flavorful take on the classic coleslaw dish that is a staple at most summer barbecues.

One of the largest food and music festivals in the country, the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle combines the thrill of competition barbecue with unique grilling-themed exhibits and activities, and welcomes thousands of barbecue lovers from all over the D.C. metro area. The 26th annual event is also a fundraiser, with proceeds benefitting USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank. Dole Food Company is donating $5,000 to the USO Metro, as an official sponsor of the event.

Among the recipes and healthy barbecue tips shared at the event, Tobin will be promoting barbecue and grilling-themed recipes at media events leading up to the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle. These recipes include Tobin’s own Chicken Lettuce Cups with Mango Sriracha DOLE Slawesome! and Dole’s Incredible Power Flower, specifically developed for Dole’s “Powering the Hero Within” campaign. The summer-long healthy living campaign, inspired by Disney?Pixar’s Incredibles 2, invites consumers to upload a healthy family photo toDole.Com/Disney for a $2 donation to Action for Healthy Kids, to support the national nonprofit organization’s work to build healthier families, communities and schools.

For a full event schedule and information on the Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, visit

About Dole Food Company, Inc.  

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About The 26th Annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle

This year’s Giant BBQ Battle will take place on both Pennsylvania Avenue and Constitution Ave, NW between 3rd and 7th Streets. The usual street noise will be replaced by the sounds of powerful vocals and soulful melodies. The Giant BBQ Battle has received numerous awards and titles over the years including being named “One of Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country” by CNN, a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by the Travel Channel, “One of America’s Best BBQ Competitions” by Saveur Magazine, and “An Event Worth Traveling to” by the American Bus Association. The 2018 Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle is heating up to be the biggest & best yet, so block off the weekend of June 23rd and 24th and prepare the whole family for DC’s Favorite Festival of feasting & fun!

Source: Dole Food Company, Inc.