Before we launch headlong into Eggtoberfest 2010, let's pause to remember the weather at Eggtoberfest 2009. It was rainy and in the upper 30s to mid 40s. Of course, Labon and I still had a good time.
But given the choice I'll take the weather from last weekend. Upper 70s and sun. Yes.
I know what you're thinking. "OMG. Is that Chris from Nibble Me This?" Yep. And yes, we're standing in front of the ultimate Big Green Egg accessory: The Big Green Egg pace car. It was very cool to meet him and his wife, Alexis. But wait. There's more.
In addition to seeing the president of the Catawba Grill and Brew Club, Matt Underwood, Sweetwater Brewery was there.
I exposed an Oregon Ducks poseur (or a man with a hearing impairment) when I yelled "Go Ducks!" several times and this gentleman failed to turn around. But I say again, "Go Ducks!"
You see this? This was a prime rib dry aged for 30 days and then cooked for everyone's enjoyment at Eggtoberfest. Good golly it was yummy. And it looked like it would have flipped Fred Flinstone's sedan.
When you're on the cooking team, you get to gnaw on one of the prime ribs. Dang. I want.
Clearly at an Eggfest you're going to get lots of good food. Honorable mention goes out to the stuffed baby bell peppers, which I want to try soon (hand modeling by Labon).
This year the Big Green Egg folks printed up recipe cards ahead of time for cooks who submitted recipes. This made it easy to grab ideas.
There was also a fun marshmallow/twinkie thing that was pretty good. It had crumbled oreos and nutella and stuff. Very tasty. They served it with milk which was a nice touch.
Remember how I was just at Edisto Beach a few weeks ago? Apparently this guy was too at some point. And he shopped at the Piggly Wiggly just like me. I'm also big on the Pig. Other cool t-shirts were "Proud to be AWESOME" and "I love the sh*t out of pork." Sorry I didn't get photos.
So anyway, it was a great gathering. No doubt it was different having something on this large of a scale. Last year (and each year prior) it was hosted at the BGE headquarters right on their property. This year having it in the infield of the Atlanta Motor Speedway was obviously a different sort of a thing. Labon and I felt like we had to compete more for each sample this time. Apparently manners were optional. You'd be in a line as something came off of one of the Eggs and the line would give way to a blob of greedy humanity. Maybe that's also a factor of the rain from last year made for a smaller crowd? Who knows. Anyway, it was a big undertaking for the BGE folks to do something like this and I think it was a success over all, but I think they also probably have their own list of things to work out for next year without me nitpicking. As Labon would say, "Good smoke. Good smoke."