What I Ate Wednesday #13 {BBQ Fest}

Memphis in May hosted the 36th annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest last weekend. – Read GIANT party and food festival. – BBQ Fest is probably my favorite weekend of the year in Memphis.   It’s two nights of amazing food, creative tents, generous people, and TONS of FUN.

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Here’s what I ate during BBQ Fest:

Dinner Thursday Night:

My first stop was The Hogfather.  Of the tents I visited, The Hogfather is one of the best.  They always have great music, food, and dancing.  I made a huge salad with black bean salsa and chicken.  I tried the slaw and an orange jello shot for good measure.  One of their trademarks is blinking ice cubes.  You have to be special to get one!

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Booths and Friends:

Part of the fun of BBQ Fest is shouting out to people you know as they walk by.  I was excited to see Beckey and hang out for a bit.  I can’t remember her team’s name, but here are a couple that stood out to me: Parrot-Head Porkers, SnoutKast, Notorious P.I.G, and keeping with the rap theme – I saw several t-shirts with this phrase – “I like pig butts and I cannot lie”  Please sing it. Laugh. You know it’s funny.

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Dinner Friday Night:

Friday night was a progressive dinner.  I arrived late for dinner at The Hogfather, so I made do with what was left and decided to have a second course later at Totally Boar’d.  I was pleased that salads were served almost everywhere I went!  I don’t usually eat pork, but I decided to try it since it should be the best I’ll get the whole year.  I didn’t meet a food that I didn’t like.  The BBQ did not disappoint!

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Splurge Fest:

Look at this cupcake!  It was late in the evening, and I REALLY wanted to taste this chocolate monstrosity.  I invited a friend to share it with me,  but ultimately, I ate most of it.  The chocolate mousse icing was fabulous.

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I wish I could tell you this was the only dessert I enjoyed, but that would be a lie!  I was too busy having fun to take pictures of e v e r y t h i n g, so you’ll have to use your imagination.  I’ll give you some keywords to help: cheese puffs, peanuts, nachos, wings, brownies, wine, fireballs…

Not to worry – I’m back to my normal eating habits now.

 

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