Saturday, June 28, 2008

New Eggland Festival

So, when I bought my Big Green Egg, I had heard about these Egg Festivals that owners of BGE's go to, cook and generally have a fun time! It just happened to be my luck that this year, New England was going to host it's first annual Eggfest this June! It was only about an hour and ten minutes with a very patient, pregnant vegetarian wife with me, we headed up to find:A whole bunch of people who are just as nutty about their BBQ/Grilling as I am :) Here, Stephanie models her very first Egg Tshirt...I couldn't be more proud!

There were people cooking of all skill levels but everyone seemed to be having a super cool time. This family seemed to have unlimited, diverse selections of food that ran from ribs, to pulled pork to sun dried tomato dip.
It goes without saying that that the Curran family was one of my favorite stops that I kept looping back to...they seemed to have a lot of family members there who were hanging out and helping with the cooking.
As you can imagine, this was a family event...this little guy was loving the chocolate cake!
Of course, the real start was the BGE...I know I sound like broken record, but it truly is an amazing piece of BBQ equipment
This guy was part of Team Lunchmeat who are part of the New England BBQ society. It certainly looks like an interesting group to join...I have some literature that I'm going to review.
Steph just kept swiping the camera 'cause she got a kick outta me going around and trying the different recipes that people were coming up with.

It was about midway through strolling around when I noticed some mini sliders. Always a big fan o' burgers I had to try one.

When I looked up I saw:
Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 fame! Seriously...I had no idea he was going to be there, though Steph seemed to have read something on the website. We had gone to 647 for our anniversary and absolutely had a great time. We took a couple minutes to chat with him and he was very nice. However, more food called as we tried some incredible pizza.
Also, had some yummy ribs. I didn't catch this guys name but he was really nice as we chatted a while regarding some BBQ techniques.
Yeah...Steph took this one as I was trying some Curran family pulled pork....YUM!
There also were some interesting desserts including cooking some sweet potatoes in butter on the grill
That were turned into a yummy desert that had a sweet cream cheese filling...YUM!
There was also a desert made with some grilled bananas...yum.
Overall, I think the show was a huge was a very positive environment and it was really fun to be around people who love food and sharing BBQ techniques and tips. The thing that I dug was that it wasn't a competition, it was all about the food and sharing what you think would be fun for everyone :) I would love to say I'd be there to cook next year, but there is NO way I'm moving my egg off the porch! lol

****Just because I was feeling a little Nerdy***********

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Mikaela said...

Well... who knew?! Thanks for a peek into the Eggland underground :)

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I love it!
Now I know where to come for some grillin tips. You have impressed me already~

Lore said...

The BGE is new to me. It sure sounds you're proud of it. Looks like you all had a good time and you're right: it's way better sharing like this than in a competition.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Looks like so much fun! Andy Husbands, an old friend from his involvement with Share Our Strength, is a known BBQ fanatic and travels all around the country to compete. You were in good company there!

mickey said...

I am becoming infatuated with this BGE. I purchased two Weber Grills in my life and been disappointed each time-they don't hold up well and rust out. I am currently using a $30 model from Home Depot.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to see a new blog from you up and running. Congrats on the whole baby thing!

David said...

looks like a great time!

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

This looks like such a fun foodie day! My big event to look forward to is the Ren Faire in August. :)

Congrats you and to your beautiful wife on the little one on the way!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Roxanna said...

Oh gosh, grilled bananas?! They are THE BEST! Sometimes, that's all we ever grill on our charcoal bbqs because we love them so much. We bought them from an online charcoal and gas barbecues sale, and so far they've been good to us. Every time we wish for a scrumptious All-American grilled meal, they don't fail us. By the way, about your baby, I'm sure he/she is now a toddler. I hope you raise him/her as a barbecue lover like you!