Ottawa's Great Canadian Barbeque invites Canadian Authors to apply for Book Expo.

By Peter Tremblay

Smoque Shack and the Ottawa Book Expo are coming together to deliver a real Canadian feast alongside an array of literary treasures this 2020. The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be operating for a total of four days and are encouraging grassroots-oriented authors to step up and be a part of the local celebration.

There are various book fairs across Canada at any time of the year. However, it is quite rare that you find an expo that celebrates local talent exclusively, much less grandly. The Ottawa Book Expo is coming back in 2020, and it’s bringing along the Great Canadian Barbecue to celebrate Canadian roots and the literary culture in Canada.

If you’re an aspiring Canadian author, then you’re well aware of the struggle to gain an audience for your work. The Ottawa Book Expo celebrates the local pool of literary genius that has gone unnoticed.

It is the perfect opportunity to mingle with potential readers, agents, and publishing companies. It’s no secret that very few authors get the chance to face success despite multiple attempts to introduce their work.

The lack of publicity and common ties in the literary industry is one of the main reasons why your book might not be succeeding. Mingling with potential readers and fellow authors will expose you and allow you to sell your book upfront—something you can’t do when they’re being sold at a bookstore.

Join independent literary businesses in the fight to keep the literary culture in local Canada alive. It can be very disheartening to see local work ignored while mainstream authors are celebrated regularly.

The fact is, exposure is the only thing you can count on to help you make it big in the literary world. Unless you’ve managed to gain a loyal following, you are most likely not going to be successful in your writing career.

If publicity isn’t your problem, it is still a good idea to talk to like-minded folk who can help you further your goals in the literary industry. There is nothing better than sharing your experience and learning new things about the trade.

It is often forgotten that the literary world is dynamic and continuously changing. Unless you find yourself updated on new trends and publishing styles, you will be left behind, and that is something that will only prove to hinder your goals.

The Ottawa Book Expo is the ultimate event of the year that will allow you to put yourself first. Disconnect from reality and the constant barrage of technological information in the modern world by spending at least one day surrounded by books and comfort food.

The Great Canadian Barbecue offers an early bird rate of $85 per day. This includes at least one serving of each delicious Canadian favourite served by Smoque Shack.

Sample the various tapas-style dishes offered by Smoque Shack alongside all-time barbecue favourites like pulled pork sliders, jerk chicken egg rolls, brisket served on a crustini with horseradish mayonnaise and two bones of pork ribs.

In addition to the various barbecue favourites, Smoque Shack is offering one meal serving each of Smoque Shack’s signature Smoqued favourites: Andouille sausage corn dogs and skewered shrimp.

In case your mouth isn’t watering yet, you should consider the sides Smoque Shack is bringing to the Expo. You will see plates of cornbread with Jalapeno infused cheddar butter, mini mac and cheeses and various surprise feature dishes.

The Expo and the Great Canadian Barbecue will be spread out over four days of literary and culinary celebration. Food and books will be available for tasting and perusing from 11 AM to 5 PM on June 7, 2020, and July 24-26, 2020.

Once a ticket for the Great Canadian Barbecue is purchased, foodies and readers alike will be able to mingle alongside each other and enjoy a day full of literary and culinary wonder.

If you are an author who is hoping to become successful and make a living out of writing books one day, the Ottawa Book Expo is the perfect place to get a head start. Head on over to the Ottawa Book Expo website and inquire regarding author collaborator slots before they fill up. Hurry, this is the literary and culinary chance of a lifetime.

10 tips for amazing barbeque


We all love that perfect barbecue that we enjoy with friends and loved ones at parties and all kinds of outdoor activities. The only thing is that when it comes to doing the real barbecuing, not many of us know how to go about it and below are useful tips.

  1. Select the ideal barbecue: Even though it can sound fundamental or even overemphasized but the fact is that you absolutely need high-quality charcoal and the other thing is the lid. Even though there are those who do theirs with gas, you really need to stick to charcoal for that unbeatable smoky and lingering taste which accompanies every great barbecue like the ones at the Great Canadian Barbecue event coming up at the Ottawa Book Expo 2020.
  2. Choosing the correct kind of fuel to use is also important. Many barbecue experts recommend making use of lump wood charcoal because it ensures you get the most outstanding flavour for your barbecue.
  3. Focusing on temperature is very crucial. You have to control the temperature in a way to ensure you do not undercook or overcook the meat.
  4. Timing is everything when it comes to cooking the perfect barbecue. You cannot rush it so you should take time to focus on the cooking. Let the flames decrease totally before proceeding, and as for the coals, they need to be white and hot before you start the barbecuing proper.
  5. Utilize the best tools, from the grill to the tongs, get only the very best ones. Using low-quality tools will simply mess up your barbecue.
  6. Another useful tip has to do with the burgers. Do not buy burgers for the barbecue but take time to prepare your own. It will not only be fresher than anything you are going to get from the shops but it also tastes better. Then, you can also be sure of preparing your own burgers in the most hygienic environment. Basically, when you buy burgers from other places, you cannot be too sure of how it was prepared.
  7. Trying out fish as one of the components for your barbecue is also a great tip. Some seem to forget that fish is also very good for the grill. Experiment with trout or salmon and you will be very glad you did.
  8. If you do not marinate properly, then you can be sure to come up with less than impressive barbecue. Marinating is even more important when it comes to barbecuing as it assists you in making sure that the smoke does not overwhelm the barbecue itself. In short, marinating your meat or fish ensures that the smoky aftertaste is not excessive.
  9. Some people think barbecues mean vegetables must never be added but that is clearly not the case. You should not make this mistake, feel free to blend in vegetables while doing the grilling. You will be amazed to know how the veggies will turn out.
  10. What is a great barbecue without the sides? To get a complete package, take care to select the finest corn, potato salad, flatbread and others for your sides.