The competition between cooking teams is a good reason for a 'cookoff' or even a festival (in fact it is a great reason)...But to us non-competitive enjoyer's of the end-product, a Festival should offer entertainment, and food, and ambience that is targeted at filling as many wishes as there are visitor's to the event. Tomorrow we will begin a three day visit to th W C Handy Blues and BBQ Festival
in Henderson KY
. It is a week-long event with program specialities scheduled for each day and evening. The Main Event for the competitor's in the cooking area was last weekend... but the local vendors will have ton's of Pig and Mutton ready at each day's program. Thursday is Zydeco Nite, Cajun Music performed by groups in an open air concert in a city park beside the Ohio River...Lots of food, soft drinks, and music til 10pm. Friday evening and All-day Saturday(from noon) the Blues groups will be on..Again Fair-food and BBQ available within reach of a lazy man's walk.
I am skipping over the Kid's Parade, the Golf match and Tennis competition and a bunch of 5k and 10k stuff that eats-off body fat that I don't want to think about.
What I am trying to say, without meaning to takeaway from the spirit that real cooking competition builds, is that there are different levels in "participation" and the type of Festival I enjoy has a broader definition than the intense drama of the "Cook-off".
A couple of days, with a lawn chair in a park, all the BBQ I can handle, and my companion singing the words to " the perfect Blues Tune"
(must include the following terms...Woman, dog, rain, pick-up truck, mean, drunk, left, train, jail, and one of the following locations-Memphis-St Louis-New Orleans-Jackson-Kansas City-Chicago
When you head for home after that type of event, you feel that ALL of your senses have been fed.