COSTA MESA — If you detect a smoky aroma around Costa Mesa this weekend, chances are it will be from one of nearly 60 teams firing up their grills for the Orange County BBQ Festival.
The fourth annual event is the largest such free-standing festival in state — 15,000 are expected to attend the one-day event, said Kelleigh Strobel, event organizer and director of program services for Kristie's Foundation.
Proceeds benefit the Anaheim-based foundation that serves families of critically ill children.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and events include live music, the Mr. BBQ Pageant, a rib-eating contest, raffle drawing and closing awards. Admission is $10.