BBQFest 2017

It’s been 4 years since we started going to BBQ Fest in Owensboro, KY. The food is great, the ambiance is fantastic, and I have great friends to hang out with before, during and after. I only wish I could eat more when I’m there.

The International BBQFest is a cooking competition for local charitable organizations to raise funds to support their causes. It also offers a street fair of sorts for vendors to peddle their wares. Even local BBQ places have stands – Old Hickory Bar-B-Q is delectable.

There was a band playing on the street that I really enjoyed. I was not prepared to stand around and listen for as long as I did. I wish I had found a place to sit and enjoy their music more.

The festival goes for 2 days, it starts Friday and lasts through Saturday night. It’s always the second weekend of May, so it’s been pretty easy to plan. I learned about Burgoo here, and had my first taste of mutton here. The last couple years I’ve perused the art vendors and purchased something from them. This year Lori even got a bonsai tree, she named it Mr. Miyagi.

There’s even a carnival for the kids to get on rides. This all takes place on the streets of downtown Owensboro and along its beautiful waterfront. Who knew the Ohio River could be so picturesque?

When we weren’t stuffing our faces, Jimmy’s family graciously hosted us and as is tradition now, I always find something fun for us to cook. This year I made Beef Stew, as inspired by Shokugeki no Soma. I managed to snag a picture of Lori stealing the garnish. At night we played board games, this year I brought Power Grid.

The extended weekend is always a lot of fun and very relaxing. I can’t wait for 2018!

-Evilmanta

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