Monday, September 22, 2008

Blues Views and BBQ Festival

By Kris
This past weekend we competed in the Blues Views and BBQ Festival in Westport, CT. This was a first time event for organizer, Bob Larose aka Bobby Q, and he got everything right! The contest site was great with the teams set up in a parking lot surrounded by games for the kids and different vendors. We were just a few steps away from the Levitt Pavillion, where a few great bands performed on both Saturday and Sunday. There was a farmers market set up on Sunday with fresh local fruits, veggies, and flowers. From a competitors view this contest was terrific. There was free ice, clean portapotties (very important in my book), eco friendly gift bags containing marinade and bourbon, and a wonderful hot breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. They held an iron chef contest on Saturday night providing all the participating teams with pork loin, sweet potatoes, zucchini, and Newman’s marinade and four hours to create any dish they liked. The vibe during the entire weekend was awesome. I don’t know if it was the fact that we were surrounded by some really fun teams, the weather was fabulous, or that we were all trying to get every ounce out of the last of the BBQ Season, but everyone seemed to have a great time. Mike and I topped the weekend off by spending a well deserved relaxing night at the Westport Inn. We can’t wait to be a part of this contest again next year

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