There are no casualties in this battle. Just lots and lots of tasty ribs, wings, chili, brisket and more.
The Gettysburg Cook Off, North vs. South, is set for this weekend at Gateway Gettysburg. The event is being hosted by, and is a fundraiser for, the Adams County Arts Council.
Arts Council development director Dan Zalewski said they were looking for a fun event, and had planned to start small the first year with maybe 12 or 15 teams.
"Apparently that's not going to happen," he said with a laugh. "As of now, it's up to 45 teams for Saturday."
And last week, the Sunday cook off was already up to about 30 teams.
He had no idea it was going to take off like this, but is glad that it has. National barbecue and chili champions are coming in from all around to compete - to the benefit of our palettes.
There are also plenty of opportunities for local cooks and restaurants as well. The event is sanctioned by both the Kansas City Barbeque Society and the International Chili Society, which set the rules and standards for competitions around the country.
Competitors are coming in from 22 states, and as a bonus round to the cook off, Zalewski is pitting teams against each other according to their home state's alignment during the Civil War.
Organizers will average out the scores to determine who wins the first Gettysburg Cook Off - the North or the South.
Whatever tickles your taste buds, there's a good chance you'll find it this weekend. Each day of the competition feature different fares - all battle themed.
Saturday starts with the BBQ Skirmish, where national and local chefs will whip up their best barbecue - chicken, ribs, pork and beef brisket. That night will feature the Chicken Wing Siege.
Sunday starts off with a bang with the Chili Conflict. The best chili chefs around will whip up their greatest concoction for judges and the public. If you want something to go with your chili, Sunday also features the Grilled Cheese Ambush.
There will be music and entertainment throughout the weekend, including country pop sensation Jessie James at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Cooking and the arts do tie together, Zalewski said. Since opening its new building on South Washington Street, the arts council has been able to hold a variety of culinary arts classes on site. Having a cook off just seemed like a good fit - and a fun time, Zalewski said.
The event features beer, food, games, a the Kidzzone and much more.
Tickets are available at the gate. They can be purchased ahead of time at a discount, too. Visit www.adamsarts.org for more details.