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The Battle of Barbecue: APD vs. AFD

Community invited for free BBQ, Happy Hour, deals and more


In moments of danger and desperation, police officers and firefighters are the first people we turn to. They are called first responders, but oftentimes they are the responders of last resort.

When all else fails, we call 9-1-1.

Minutes after the call, they show up despite the obvious potential for danger and solve critical issues, sometimes involving life and death. They save lives, stand in the gaps of peril, and run into danger and violence. Let me write that again: they save lives, stand in the gaps of peril, and run INTO danger and violence.

But sometimes, these brave first responders from the Apopka Fire and Police Departments just want to cook barbecue and do it better than their counterparts.

Sonny’s BBQ will be hosting a BBQ competition between the Apopka Police and Fire departments this Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 am-4 pm. Teams will take home a donation for a charitable initiative of their choice on behalf of Sonny’s BBQ.

Along with the competition, Sonny’s will have samples, prizes, and food and drink deals for the community all day.

Sonny’s BBQ, the mission-driven restaurant known for spreading the spirit of BBQ, is bringing together the Apopka Fire and Police Departments for a friendly BBQ competition at the Apopka Sonny’s BBQ on Saturday, Jan. 28. The winning team will be awarded $1,000 towards a charitable initiative of their choice and a catered lunch from Sonny’s BBQ, and the runner-up will receive $500. Judging the competition are seven local leaders, including Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson.

The community is invited to the event to watch the teams compete. Sonny’s will be offering an $8.99 Pork Big Deal and Happy Hour deals all day, along with ongoing food sampling and a free prize wheel.

Apopka Fire Department, Apopka Police Department, Sonny's BBQ, Barbecue Competition, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson


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