Festival Producers

Fred Roycroft | Festival Producer

Fred Roycroft met the Veljacics in 1989, a year after he started cooking competition Texas chili. They became instant and very close friends. Together they were the original Canadian members of The Pacific Northwest BBQ Association – our sanctioning body. Fred has organized many chili competitions over the years and originated The Canadian International Chili Championships in 1990. Fred took over producing The Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ in 2000 in honour of his friends David and Pat Veljacic.

Dave McKay | Festival Producer

Dave McKay became involved in BBQ after seeing a poster for the Festival in a local Vancouver restaurant in 1994 and decided to cover the event as cameraman for BCTV News. Won over by the event, the people, the food and inspired by David and Patsy Veljacic’s passion for real southern chili and BBQ, Dave started competing the next year and has won pails of ribbons and trophies since he began competing.

Wayne Fettback | Festival Producer

Wayne Fettback went to take in a BBQ competition in 2001 to find out what Southern BBQ was all about. As a trained chef he also was inspired. He asked the cooks a lot of questions and it was their openness and encouragement that pushed him to learn more. He started competing the next year and The Canadian Festival of Chili and BBQ was his first competition venue. Raising sponsorship monies and keeping low registration fees are his drivers. For him it is all about the cooks.

Rob Rabby | Festival Producer

Rob is a fire fighter for Langley City Fire Rescue Local 3253 and has also served on the board for the Burn Fund. He works tirelessly to coordinate his team of fire fighter volunteers who welcome all visitors on site, give out samples of chili and pulled pork sandwiches, make ice cream cones and take care of sampling wristbands for our visitors. He exemplifies team work and has worked on the production of the Festival since it came to Langley in 2011.

Michael Favelle | Festival Producer

Michael originally approached Fred, Dave and Wayne to bring the Festival to Cascades Casino in 2010 while he was working for Gateway Casinos. He helped the producers coordinate services for the event and made sure everything ran smoothly for the teams. After Michael moved on from Cascades he continued to work on the event and is now doing his best to raise the bar even higher for the whole team and works to increase our festival’s online public profile.

Carrie Higgins | Festival Producer

Carrie is a certified BBQ judge extraordinaire has been around the Festival for years volunteering in the judge’s tent as both a judge and Table Captain for our sanctioning body, The Pacific Northwest BBQ Association. She is now being head hunted by the association to become their newest Head Judge. In her day job, she is a marketing and social media guru and has been helping the Festival increase its online presence and making more people aware of who we are and what we are about.

Carrie Kempster | Web Designer

Carrie got roped into the job of redesigning our website by her husband, Michael Favelle. Her knowledge of web design, structure and how the web works have helped increase the awareness of the Festival online. She has to deal with a lot of us that don’t really have a handle on how a toaster works but she is still able to drag us into the online age even if we are kicking and screaming.

Since this is a not-for-profit organization the producers do not receive any proceeds or remuneration from the Festival. They are however fierce competitors, judges, and organizers of the event. They are proud to carry on the tradition of the oldest and largest Chili and BBQ competition in Canada with one of the largest prize purses and lowest entry fees around. They are also proud of the Festival’s commitment to donate all proceeds to The BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Young Survivors Burn Fund.