PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, November 23, 2015

Calling All Santa Maria Style BBQ Fans

Santa Maria, CA—The Santa Maria Valley’s iconic Santa Maria Style Barbecue has a chance to be featured on a new “foodie” video series produced by Visit California, the state’s official tourism bureau—but only if barbecue enthusiasts rally on social media to help get the word out.

“We encourage fans of Santa Maria Style Barbecue from far and wide to help us make our case for the Santa Maria Valley and its restaurants to be featured the new show, ‘California Dream Eater,’” said Gina Keough, director of the Santa Maria Valley Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB).

This new “eatertainment” show is hosted by Chase Ramsey, who, according to Visit California, “proudly, passionately and hilariously eats the best things in California on behalf of foodies everywhere.” California Dream Eater recently piloted on Visit California’s Dream 365TV video series, which may be viewed at and on Youtube.

Said Keough, “Dream 365TV will only consider Santa Maria Style Barbecue if fans share photos and specific tags on social media.”

How BBQ Fans Can Engage

The Santa Maria Valley—“the West’s Best BBQ Town” (in the words of Sunset Magazine) and the hub of California’s most iconic regional fare—can earn its rightful place on Mr. Ramsey’s itinerary through social media engagement.

Santa Maria Style Barbecue fans can help make this happen by taking one or both of the following actions:

1. Submit a Santa Maria BBQ food photo from a favorite local restaurant (and make sure you use Santa Maria for the city name). Click here for the guidelines and submission form.

2. Tag your photo on Instagram and other social media outlets @CaliforniaDreamEater and use #DreamEats. Please also include #SantaMariaBBQ and a tag for the restaurant.

Said Keough: “Please tell a friend and spread the word, so that Santa Maria Style Barbecue can shine on California Dream Eater!”

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Serving the greater Santa Maria Valley in the heart of California’s Central Coast, the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau is a nonprofit association that facilitates local tourism and provides information on the region’s many attractions and visitor services. Famed for its fine wines, natural wonders, agricultural heritage and flavorful barbecue, the Santa Maria Valley offers a broad range of cultural, sporting and historical experiences. For details on Santa Maria Valley lodging, wine tasting, travel deals and e-newsletter alerts, visit or call (800) 331-3779.

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